Teaches Students to Take a Stand against Bullies
Bully, victim, bystander, advocate-terms ingrained in students at The Country School in Valley Village, Calif. Principal Olivia Brown's anti-bullying initiatives have put the school at the forefront of this widespread problem for many years.
As part of the school's efforts, Brown implemented an anti-bullying week that focuses on developing a culture of inclusion and respect. The program encourages students to avoid exploiting weakness, participating in negative group mentality, and standing idle in the face of injustice. These values are taught through lessons, art projects, and discussions. Similarly, teachers participate in training activities that encourage advocacy and intervention in unjust situations. School leaders also hold parent meetings to reinforce anti-bullying practices at home.
Brown says PO had a significant impact on her inclusive approach to education and leadership,
"PO embraces a humanistic approach-social justice, multiculturalism, and equity are embedded into the curriculum. The question is always asked, 'Who aren't we considering?'"
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