Welcoming Schools—a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that provides tools and lessons to educators to stop bias and bullying in schools—is releasing a new short film and related materials for educators and parents, the organization has announced. The film, What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying, & Bystanders, spotlights teachers in the classroom generating open conversations with students about the impact of bullying and the power of students to stop it.
“Educators want to do everything they can to make schools safer for all students and they are hungry for resources that help them proactively address bullying,” says Kim Westheimer, Welcoming Schools Project director, in the announcement. “The teachers highlighted in this film show that children want to have constructive conversations with adults to help stop bullying and the bias that often underlies bullying—often related to race, gender, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, or appearance. The film and related materials provide a road map for other educators and schools.”
The project is hosting a special premiere of the film on September 25, at the Cleveland School, a public school in the District of Columbia. Special guests will include David Esquith of the U.S. Department of Education; children’s author Kathryn Otoshi, who will read from her book One, which is featured in the film; and David Street from the Washington Teachers Union. The film will be followed by a panel discussion on bullying, along with a performance by the Cleveland School’s chorus.
The event will be co-hosted by the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, the Council of the Great City Schools, and the American School Counselors Association.