GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, (NNCW) is a week organized by K-12 educators and students to end name-calling and bullying in schools. This week shares tools and resources for disrupting anti-LGBTQ+ harassment and bias-based bullying, and invites LGBTQ+ students to assert what they want to be called.
Statement by Key Jackson, GLSEN Director of Community Mobilization:
“For more than 30 years, GLSEN’s programs have built upon our mission to create safe and inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ youth and educators in K-12 schools. Due to feedback from educators, students, volunteers, and staff through surveys and committees, GLSEN has decided to phase out No Name-Calling Week as an annual program.
“GLSEN has the responsibility to evaluate programs and their effectiveness through feedback and evaluation, which is important to ensure all resources are updated and aligned with our commitment to include racial, gender, and disability justice in our goals and strategic framework. At this time, No Name-Calling Week has served its purpose and will open up opportunities to shift and create new programs that will support us in fulfilling our mission.
“No Name-Calling Week, a week organized by K-12 educators and students to end name-calling and bullying in schools, is a project that 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 ongoing dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities.
“GLSEN is actively working on a new campaign for January 2023, which will focus on identifying and developing concepts rooted in liberation. This new program will have intentional resources and curricula development for elementary, middle, and high school students and educators.”
If you already had plans in place to include No Name-Calling Week into your curriculum for January 2022, we encourage you to continue with your work. GLSEN also invites you to focus on strengthening your Gender and Sexuality Alliance Clubs (GSAs) in the following weeks. GLSEN will be releasing new GSA resources including a webinar throughout January and February 2022.
How to Participate
This program focuses on better preparing us to intervene in anti-LGBTQ comments and harassment, to educators who take the NNCW Pledge. Engage with a virtual classroom to practice the skills you need to better intervene in support of your LGBTQ+ students, and to create a more respectful learning environment for all.
Watch and Learn
GLSEN has partnered with Frameline to offer free streaming of their Youth in Motion film: Mr. Navajo, about Zachariah George, a young Two-Spirit Navajo, who is actively engaged in indigenizing and decolonizing his community and advocating for LGBTQ+ rights within it. We’ll share links to the film along with the guide to educators and students who take our pledge.
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!
Participate & Create
There are lots of ways to participate in No Name-Calling Week this year, even if you're in an online or hybrid school! That's why we're sharing resources and virtual events for each day of No Name-Calling Week. Check out our Week-Of Agenda for ideas, links, and times to join us for virtual events like our Picture Book StoryTime and #SafeToBe Rally!
And don't forget to put kindness into action by sending some Kindness Grams throughout the week - and beyond!
Use our lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school and these 10 actions for elementary and MS/HS educators. Create a plan for each day of NNCW using our Annual Planner.
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! Check out our No Name-Calling Week Resources!
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American Counseling Association
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American School Health Association
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National Art Education Association
National Association for Gifted Children
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● Center for American Progress
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● CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
● Clearinghouse on Women's Issues
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● EDGE Consulting Partners
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● Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
● Teach for America
● The Trevor Project