No Name-Calling Week 2014: January 20-24!
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We believe in Celebrating Kindness while working to create safe schools free of name-calling, bullying and bias. Motivated by this simple, yet powerful, idea, we want to help you put a spotlight on name-calling and bullying in your school. That's why we created No Name-Calling Week. Use the tabs above to get started You will find planning tools,lessons and activities for elementary, middle, or high schools and information about our Creative Expression Exhibit. Ultimately, we hope you'll find the inspiration you need to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in your school community.
No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a young adult novel entitled "The Misfits" by popular author, James Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression. Motivated by the inequities they see around them, the "Gang of Five" (as they are known) creates a new political party during student council elections and run on a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds. The No-Name Party in the end, wins the support of the school's principal for their cause and their idea for a "No Name-Calling Day" at school.
Motivated by this simple, yet powerful, idea, the No Name-Calling Week Coalition created by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children's publishing, consisting of over 40 national partner organizations, organized an actual No Name-Calling Week in schools across the nation. The project seeks to focus national attention on the problem of name-calling in schools, and to provide students and educators with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities.