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No Name-Calling Week

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GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, January 15-19, 2018, is a week organized by K-12 educators and students to end name-calling and bullying in schools.

The week is rooted in the idea of #KindessInAction  not merely recognizing the importance of kindness, but actively adding kindness into our every action. 

To start, K-12 educators and student leaders should register their participation. The first 2,000 registrants receive free merch, and all registrants get free streaming of LGBTQ-inclusive classroom documentaries and first access to new resources!

Founded in 2004 with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, No Name-Calling Week was inspired by James Howe’s young adult novel The Misfits about four students who, after each experiencing name-calling, run for student council on a No Name-Calling platform.

GLSEN's No Name-Calling Week has been evaluated by GLSEN research.

How to Participate

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Register

The first 2,000 registrants receive free merch, and all registrants receive free streaming of LGBTQ-inclusive classroom documentaries and new resources!

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Plan

Use our planning guide, first-year guide, and activities and suggested media. Also share resources with parents, health and safety professionals, and administrators.

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Teach

GLSEN has a host of lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school students on the topics of name-calling, bullying, and bias in schools, perfect for the week!

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Put #KindnessInAction

Text KIND to 21333 to send an anonymous message of kindness to an educator colleague! Then, teach students to be an ally, not a bystander, when they witness bullying.

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Submit #KindnessInAction Art

Submit art to our Creative Expressions Exhibit! Spoken-word pieces sent by January 2 could be featured in our live Open Mic for queer and trans folks of color!

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Make It Official

Pass a proclamation in your area, and have your students sign this pledge. Show you're against name-calling by sharing the names you want to be called with this sign!

Register icon

Register

The first 2,000 registrants receive free merch, and all registrants receive free streaming of LGBTQ-inclusive classroom documentaries and new resources!

#KindnessInAction icon

Put #KindnessInAction

Text KIND to 21333 to send an anonymous message of kindness to a fellow student! Then, learn how be an ally, not a bystander, when you witness bullying.

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Organize

GLSEN has a list of No Name-Calling Week activities you can organize. You can also advocate for your teachers to use our planning guides and lesson plans!

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Submit #KindnessInAction Art

Submit art to our Creative Expressions Exhibit! Spoken-word pieces sent by January 2 could be featured in our live Open Mic for queer and trans people of color!

Make It Official icon

Make It Official

Pass a proclamation in your area, and organize signing of this pledge! Show you're against name-calling by sharing the names you want to be called with this sign!

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Spread the Word

Share about No Name-Calling Week with all your friends and educators! Share on Facebook and Twitter to encourage them to register their participation at school.

 

Lesson Plans

Beauty is Skin Deep

In this lesson, elementary students explore their experiences with name-calling based on physical appearance.

Blow the Whistle on Name-Calling

In this lesson, elementary students develop a strategy for group self-monitoring of name-calling in the Physical Education class.

Building a Bully-free Building

This lesson helps students begin to think about what a school without name-calling and bullying might look and sound like.

Garden of Kindness

In this lesson, students create a classroom or school-wide display to demonstrate their commitment to kindness.

It's All In A Name

Students explore what names are, why they are important to us, and what the difference between names that feel good to hear and names that feel bad to hear.

Poetic Reactions

In this lesson, elementary students express their feelings regarding name‐calling using an artistic form of poetry.

Poster Design

Students will discuss various types of name‐calling situations and develop messages to discourage such language.

Situation Re-creation

Students analyze name‐calling experiences to reflect on why it happened and how it could have ended differently.

Staying SAFE

Students learn concrete strategies for what to do if they are being called names or bullied so that they can stay safe and healthy.

Think Before You Act

Students identify what they value about how people treat each other and fashion their statements into a class “code of ethics.”

We're All Different Alike

This lesson presents an opportunity for students to feel united with their peers by both their similarities and their differences.

What If It's Not Me

In the lesson, students will explore what they can do when they witness an incident of name-calling or bullying.

Pinky and Rex and the Bully

This book talk provides an opportunity to explore name-calling and put-downs at a developmentally appropriate level.

I Was Just Kidding

Students are asked to consider the difference between good-natured teasing and bullying through discussion of fictional scenarios and reflection on real-life situations.

 

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Partners

These organizations provide invaluable support for No Name-Calling Week! If your local, state, or national organization is interested in participating, sign up to endorse GLSEN's programs.

Developmental Partners

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
National Association of Elementary School Principals

Additional Partners

National Women's Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation (NWCAVE)
Skipping Stones Magazine

National Education Organizations 

American Counseling Association
American Federation of Teachers
American School Counselor Association
American School Health Association
ASCD
Association for Middle Level Education
Council of Chief State School Officers
National Art Education Association 
National Association for Gifted Children
National Association for Multicultural Education
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of School Nurses
National Association of School Psychologists
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Association of Social Workers
National Education Association
National School Boards Association
School Social Work Association of America