As a social studies teacher at Mission High School in San Francisco, one of Fakhra Shah’s primary goals is to prevent bullying by teaching respect and inclusion. In this series of short video excerpts from our NEA interview with Shah, she shares practical tips to improve the school climate in your school community.
Student bullying occurs once every seven minutes. In schools across America, one in three students report being bullied weekly. But while an overwhelming majority of school staff believe that it’s their job to intervene when they see bullying of a student occurring, bullying behavior is still pervasive and isn’t always handled properly.
The more educators know about identifying bullying, intervening in a bullying incident, and advocating for bullied students the more likely it is that they will be empowered to contribute to a safe school environment.
Join the tens of thousands of educators who have taken the School Climate pledge!
“This is not a one and done. I don’t look at this as single training or a one-off rally, but as a beginning point for continuous community engagement that will transform the lives of our students, communities and the world.”
It is the nightmare scenario people read about and pray they never encounter in their own lives—a child harassed and bullied, has tried to hurt themselves. It’s the kind of tragedy that Kiana Arellano and her family experienced in 2013, when Kiana, who was well-liked at school and described as smart, sassy and kind-hearted, attempted to take her own life.
“Help is on the way” is the tagline on Rich Richardson’s emails. When a student who has been bullied comes to him, Richardson listens to that student and makes sure they don’t feel like they are alone. He knows how to gain their trust and how to take steps to stop the bullying.
Recently, I was honored to present to 350 Utah education support professionals (classified school staff) on bullying prevention. These workers truly are the eyes and ears of the school, but unfortunately are considered the “Rodney Dangerfields” of our schools because “They Don’t Get No Respect.”