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Dignity For All: Bullying Prevention

What is Dignity For All?
A Bullying Prevention and Safe and Supportive Schools Program, both interactive with digital tools and offline with workbooks. DFA uses storytelling, role-playing, and popular culture to inspire collaborative discussion, critical reflection and goal- setting to become a more compassionate society.

DFA is divided into three Quests – Knowledge Acquisition: Understanding Bullying; Attitude Shift: How Reflection and Empathy Can Change Your Life, and Behavior Transformation: Creating Reflective and Restorative Communities – to help students focus on breaking down the issues that occur in each step of the bullying cycle and build the skills necessary to sustain safe and supportive culture and climate in schools.

We want kids to feel free to tell their story and help shape a new generation of kinder, empathetic and civic-minded children.
Panels
Panel discussions provide an opportunity for students to share their experiences with bullying in an open setting, and talk through solutions to school bullying problems with facilitators, teachers, and their fellow classmates. Through guided questioning, students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the relationship between their views, values, and decisions, and to examine and change their behavior when needed. This method of coaching is not meant to provide solutions for students, but to help them develop their own solutions to conflicts within themselves as well as with others.
Teacher Training
DFA’s teacher guides include in-depth descriptions of the research in neuroscience, restorative justice, and empathy upon which the curriculum is based. Urban Tech strives to give teachers the tools they need to coach their students on a personal level, deal effectively with emotions, and help develop positive responses to stressful situations. In this way we can help teachers and students raise self-awareness eradicate unconscious bias, and build skills in empathy and critical reflection.
Student Activities
Behind the Scenes provides background texts for each character in the music video as an empathy-building activity to connect the reader to the circumstances, beliefs, and attitudes of others. The stories and associated role-playing activities inspire students to actively empathize with others and strive to understand opposing perspectives.

Break it Down provides students with the opportunity to evaluate what they have learned from the Quest through both written and discussion-based analyses. This activity helps students understand the role they play in their school community and at home.

Write to the Point allows students to reflect privately through a series of journal prompts, helping students to put their emotions, thoughts, and values into words.

Dignity For All’s We Got Game component culminates in a collaborative project to create a school-wide mission statement committing to a positive community for all. Students engage in research on mission statements of historical movements, brainstorming of values and goals, outreach to the rest of the school community through a variety of multimedia projects, and the organization of a school-wide event to discuss and implement the resulting mission statement.
Learning Goals

Learning Goals


Introduction to DFA

Introduction to DFA

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No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom


Learning Themes

Bullying and Cyberbullying Facts & Figures
Bullying and cyberbullying are the most prevalent forms of violence in schools today with detrimental and long lasting effects. Results from national surveys indicate that as many as 70% of secondary students have reported experiencing bullying. Among middle and high school students, 25% report having been the victim of cyberbullying, and 16% report that they have cyberbullied others.
Neuroscience & Behavior
Studies show that during the adolescent phase of development, two things are happening – the prefrontal cortex is developing, and the reward center of the brain is more active than behavioral control areas (perhaps explaining adolescents’ increase in risky decision-making and emotional activity).
Restorative Justice
Research has indicated that in schools where students perceive that adults care about them individually and are invested in their learning, the students are less likely to become either targets or aggressors of bullying. Moreover, when bullying is seen as a whole school issue and supportive connections are fostered among all school personnel, bullying behaviors have been reduced.
Empathy & Mindfulness
For adolescents, practicing mindfulness and empathy is particularly important. Recent findings show that empathic, caring encounters with others not only light up the pleasure centers in the brain, but also facilitate the development of integrative fibers in the brain. That means that emotional attunement from another can make the entire brain work better.

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