No Place for Hate
No Place for Hate®, an initiative of the Anti-Defamation League, enables schools to “say no” to anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry in all forms. By providing an innovative and powerful model for creating more inclusive environments, No Place for Hate aims to reduce bias and bullying, increase appreciation for diversity and build communities of respect. The initiative is free-of-charge, and is tailored to fit the needs and cultures of any school, organization or community.
The Bethel Elementary faculty and staff embraced this philosophy. We felt that the No Place for Hate philosophy was a great compliment for the school wide bullying program we already had in place. We have received the No Place for Hate Designation for the past 6 years. Our school completes three Anti-Defamation League approved projects annually in order to maintain our designation.
We have also been using Restorative Practices. A team of Bethel teachers received training in how to use class meetings (Restorative Circles) to engage students in open dialogue. The premise behind Restorative Practice is to help students learn how to make amends, offer an appropriate apology, and come up with ideas to prevent future problems. Please see the links to learn more about both of these programs which have greatly enhanced our bullying prevention program.
What is bullying?
A NEGATIVE action or remark that occurs over and over again (repeated and not a single isolated incident)
An imbalance of power (ie. two or three against one, older against younger, male against female)