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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. It's about calling people the names they want to be called and avoiding slurs and stereotypes.

To start, K-12 educators and student leaders should register their participation. 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

All registrants receive free streaming of LGBTQ-inclusive classroom documentaries from Youth & Gender Media Project, and first access to 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!

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Register

All registrants receive free streaming of LGBTQ-inclusive classroom documentaries from Youth & Gender Media Project, and first access to 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

Are You Part of the In-Crowd?

Students think about the impact of group labels and social hierarchies on their sense of identity, self-esteem, and the way they socialize with others

Beauty is Skin Deep

Students learn about media literacy and examine media images for "attractiveness messages" that impact our attitudes and behavior towards others.

Blow the Whistle on Name-Calling

This lesson helps students develop a strategy for group self-monitoring of name-calling in the Physical Education class.

Bullying Op-Ed Piece

In this lesson, middle school students will co-author an op-ed piece focused on ending name-calling and bullying in their school.

Creating an Anti-Slur Policy

In this lesson, middle school students will work collaboratively to develop an anti-slur policy for their classroom.

Don't Just Stand By

Students discuss what it means to be a bystander to bullying and why it is often difficult to intervene and support peers who are affected by bullying.

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.

Instant Replay

Students discuss and practice safe and realistic responses to name-calling and bullying by role-playing fictional scenarios.

Learning about Labels

In this lesson, middle school students will explore the damage that applying labels on people based on stereotypes can have.

Name-Calling in Our School

Students are provided with the opportunity to objectively observe the way in which name-calling and other types of disrespectful language are used in school.

Poetic Reactions

This lesson is designed for students to express their feelings regarding name-calling using an artistic form of poetry.

Shirts of Empowerment

In this lesson, students will experience what it’s like to be labeled and as a result, develop empathy for those who others label.

Situation Recreation

This lesson is designed for students to reflect on a name-calling experience, why it happened and how it could have ended differently.

Think Before You Act

Students begin by articulating their values regarding conduct toward others and fashioning their statements into a class "code of ethics."

Using Literature as a Tool to End Name-Calling

Bibliotherapy, or the guided use of books to help solve problems, can be used to address name-calling, both by supporting the targets of bullying as they express their feelings and learn coping strategies, and by helping those who bully to increase their empathy for others. 

We're All Different Alike

This lesson provides students an opportunity to experience what it’s like to be labeled and as a result, develop empathy for those who others label.

Student Survey: Name-Calling & Verbal Bullying

Students can make their school a safer place by answering the following questions about about name-calling and verbal bullying.

 

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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