34 Tweets with the Best Advice on Putting #KindnessInAction At School

 

During GLSEN's No Name-Calling Week, members of GLSEN's National Student Council, together with other students, educators, and community advocates, took to Twitter to discuss how to put #KindnessInAction and end bullying and name-calling at school. Here's 34 pieces of their best advice.

What does #KindnessInAction look like to you? Share a message of support to LGBTQ students and help us build a wall of kindness.

What does #KindnessInAction mean to you?

A1: Empathy no matter the circumstance or individual, striving to understand by listening and connecting #kindnessinaction #nncw https://t.co/RXGUqFde24

— Alex Serna (@alsernabjj) January 19, 2017

Adding transgender and gender-non conforming students to our district non-discrimination policy. Kindness on paper &history made! A1 @GLSEN

— Joe Luginbill (@JoeLuginbill) January 19, 2017

@GLSEN A1: visually showing support and intervening in cases of bullying #dontbeabystander #kindnessinaction

— Bexx (@bexsquared) January 19, 2017

A1: As a teacher, it has always meant modeling the expectation of #kindnessinaction by treating every human with respect every time. #NNCW

— Judy Ashby (@liv2lrn) January 19, 2017

 

How do you work together to make your school safe and accepting for everyone?

@GLSEN Making my school safe begins and ends with education, and I don't just mean math and science. Learning about ourselves and each (1)

— Madison Miszewski (@mmiszki) January 19, 2017

@GLSEN other in our curricula makes a HUGE difference in the kindness I see every day on campus!

— Madison Miszewski (@mmiszki) January 19, 2017

Q2: partner with school clubs like poetry club & book club to promote LGBTQ voices in the activities @GLSEN #nncw

— Ms. Sansing (@MsSansing_MTHS) January 19, 2017

It starts with showing kindness + compassion. In our GSA, we make sure everyone feels like they're family. #NNCW https://t.co/8S40LvBrwp

— agua de coco (@wokemom) January 19, 2017

@GLSEN I try making my school safer by asking my teachers to respect preferred pronouns.

— Luis-Angel, Lujan (@Luii_Lujan) January 19, 2017

@GLSEN making sure we have concrete policies that clearly outline no tolerance of harassment against LGBT students.

— Bexx (@bexsquared) January 19, 2017

 

Why might it be difficult to put kindness in action in schools?

@GLSEN It might be difficult to put #KindnessInAction in schools because sometimes staff and/or students aren't supportive.

— Vincent Grant (@vinleeg) January 19, 2017

A3: Some educators may find it difficult to support #LGBTQ students without inclusive school policies. #NNCW https://t.co/os1elyP4sN

— Chris Tuttle (@ChrisTuttle) January 19, 2017

Q3. It's difficult to put #kindnessinaction in schools because of the fear that you will be judged for the way you express yourself. #NNCW

— Danny Charney (@DanCharnn) January 19, 2017

A3: A lack of support from admin to create #systemic change to place #kindnessinaction at fore of cultivating #caring climate #NNCW https://t.co/qzxOBv2fVY

— Alex Serna (@alsernabjj) January 19, 2017

 

How do you know when to speak up when others are being bullied?

Q4: when you know it's SAFE to (around others/teachers/others nearby) also, speaking up doesn't mean confrontation always #NNCW https://t.co/J72vPpVjMZ

— Ms. Sansing (@MsSansing_MTHS) January 19, 2017

@GLSEN Q4. When youre in a safe position to do so the time to speak up is ALWAYS - it's always time to practice radical kindness #NNCW

— Madison Miszewski (@mmiszki) January 19, 2017

 

What does kindness in action look like in your school?

Q5: Students take pledges against bullying and name calling #NNCW @GLSEN_Education @GLSEN https://t.co/W9cDaCVObf

— Ms. Sansing (@MsSansing_MTHS) January 19, 2017

A5 Compassionate relationships through mentoring & critical conversations in & out of classrooms #kindnessinaction https://t.co/h2cnO7awLM

— Alex Serna (@alsernabjj) January 19, 2017

Q5: Safe space/rainbow stickers in classrooms + offices! Makes a huge difference especially for the students looking for allies #nncw @GLSEN https://t.co/CxtvalLs2e

— it's ya boi alex!! ♂ (@jay_elixander) January 19, 2017

A5: #nncw Kindness in action looks like lending a helping hand to a fellow student who may need someone to listen to them

— SHS GSA (@SHSMESAGA) January 19, 2017

 

I feel most supported by my school when _____.

teachers ask me what I'm doing to make safer schools for LGBTQIA+ kids #NNCW #kindnessinaction https://t.co/Osfj1JnhTT

— DJ (@boraplayer2012) January 19, 2017

my teachers + counselors make me feel safe + like they truly care about my education + well being. #NNCW https://t.co/B8mxQ4OVUw

— agua de coco (@wokemom) January 19, 2017

@GLSEN I feel most supported by my school when they participate in LGBTQ+ events like #DayOfSilence

— ⓧTyⓧ (@xtaylorxyoungx) January 19, 2017

Q6: I feel most supported by my school when they validate my needs as a transgender student and when they honor my voice. #nncw @GLSEN https://t.co/VSWqSV6dqy

— it's ya boi alex!! ♂ (@jay_elixander) January 19, 2017

@GLSEN A6. Teachers aren't afraid to show their support for queer students - those who ask us our pronouns and teach about EVERYONE #NNCW

— Madison Miszewski (@mmiszki) January 19, 2017

 

How have you encouraged kindness in action to create a safe classroom?

@GLSEN A7. Being visible on campus and vocal about my needs as a queer student has made a huge difference in my school climate #NNCW 

— Madison Miszewski (@mmiszki) January 19, 2017

Q7: Encouraging gender neutral language in classrooms and speaking up when i see someone misgender someone else #nncw @GLSEN https://t.co/wMUjCM8vnf

— it's ya boi alex!! ♂ (@jay_elixander) January 19, 2017

A7: talking about stereotypes as causes of divides/dehumanizing others #NNCW pic.twitter.com/P8SsYA3OqO

— Caroline Lehman (@CarolineLehman) January 19, 2017

Q7: Reminding students to speak w/respect, value differing opinions, and celebrate uniqueness everyday. @GLSEN @CV_GSA #NNCW17

— Amber Schweitzer (@CVHSyogi) January 19, 2017

A7: Ask educators to download a free Safe Space Kit from @GLSEN & put a #SafeSpaceSticker on door. #NNCW https://t.co/6KyA6IzzhA

— Chris Tuttle (@ChrisTuttle) January 19, 2017

 

What are ways you can promote kindness in action in your school after NNCW?

@GLSEN I can promote #KindnessinAction after #NoNameCallingWeek by continuing to let other LGBQ+ students know I'm there for them!

— Vincent Grant (@vinleeg) January 19, 2017

@GLSEN continue to advocate for your own needs and the needs of those around you in your daily life. Spread acceptance and positivity.

— summer #savegmw (@orphanrowbrina) January 19, 2017

#NNCW A8) continue with other @GLSEN spirit days such as @dayofsilence or create lgbtq+ spirit days based on your own school communities!

— Ev Norsworthy (@evnors98) January 19, 2017

A8: acknowledge kindness when you see it. Encourage curriculum and staff to be inclusive #NNCW

— Caroline Lehman (@CarolineLehman) January 19, 2017