"You know, you don't have to be the loser kid in…school to be bullied. Bullying and being picked on comes in so many different forms. "  

–Lady Gaga


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The Project Bully Free Zone Extended Residency


1. What is the Project Bully-Free Zone™ methodology?
Each Project Bully-Free Zone™ workshop engages students, parents, and educators in order to equipped schools and afterschool programs with the following service competencies:

  1. Social Emotional Learning
  2. Cultural Inclusive protocols
  3. Promoting Respect for Diversity
  4. Integrated Services Program
  5. Violence Prevention and Restorative Approaches/Use of Positive/Progressive Discipline
  6. School Culture/Whole School Approach to Establishing and Sustaining a Positive School Culture



2. How does Project Bully-Free Zone™ work?
The Project Bully-Free Zone™ staff, who work with each of the school’s or afterschool’s stakeholders provide half day or fully day residencies. All workshops consist of the following: storytelling, written reflection prompts, culturally responsive team-building activities, and song, students develop a service-learning project and bullying prevention initiative to benefit their school. In between workshops, students are assigned journaling (something to say you’re leaving something teacher led) activities and short stories to debrief their service-learning project which is geared to making their class, grade, and/school a bully free zone.  Project Bully Free Zone’s Staff and Students work towards the outcomes listed below:

Staff development sessions will foster a professional learning community through targeted professional development in: Project Based Learning, Classroom Management, Service Learning, cross curriculum mapping, Cultural Inclusion, and Character Education as well as fostering communication and enhanced partnership with parents. Sessions will consist of one on one coaching and group workshops.

Student assemblies and classroom sessions will provide enrichment in character education, citizenship, technology, music, assessment, reading skills, writing skills, inquiry based learning, problem solving, conflict mediation, student engagement and achievement. Students will also develop real world products for an authentic audience, conflict resolution, cultural inclusiveness, and multi-cultural appreciation. Something about common core, online community, & service learning standards




3. What does a typical Project Bully-Free Zone™ class look like?
The Project Bully-Free Zone™ curriculum includes lessons created to teach students how to use their own voices to advocate for themselves and for others against bullying. These skills are practical and can be used inside and outside of a school.

Within each lesson/workshop, students are required to be totally present, with their academic and creative selves. Students journal, discuss, learn cooperatively, and create artistic representations of their personal narratives in an aim to become vocal, and to access their personal power and influence for positive change.

The Project Bully-Free Zone™ curriculum begins with an ice breaker to illuminate the similarities between participants. This builds community and confidence which are crucial in preventing and eliminating bullying. Students are taught to critically question, critically answer, and empathize with others, while exercising and developing various communication skills.

Teachers are never under pressure to complete all that is within each lesson, as a teacher may sometimes seize the “teachable moment” to expose and discuss a topic further. Within the breadth of the provided curriculum, teachers should feel free to adapt the curriculum to the context of the students within the room. The Project Bully-Free Zone™ is a complement to daily lessons, not in competition with daily lessons.

A typical lesson includes:

  1. Introduction
  2. Multi-media clip
  3. Reading
  4. Journaling
  5. Cooperative Learning t
  6. Development and implementation of class and school service initiatives
  7. Creating one’s song or other art
  8. Debrief
  9. Closure/Homework

Project Bully-Free Zone™ treasures the activity of cooperative learning as it serves to encourage the collective and the individual.  A daily agenda provides students with a roadmap and parameters of expectations. Finally, students are permitted the time to self-assess their own growth, without measuring themselves against others. Students are asked to share in order to develop partnerships within their community.



4. Does Project Bully Free Zone offer same-sex cohorts?
We understand the benefits of offering same-sex cohorts in order to assist students as they begin and continue on their journey to articulate and develop their sense of self. We therefore offer our programming in same-sex cohorts as well as mixed-gender groups


5. Does Project Bully Free Zone offer follow-up resources after initial programming is completed?
Project Bully Free Zone provides teachers and faculty the tools to turnkey the PBZ curriculum into their everyday teaching, in between PBZ sessions, through the follow-up lesson plans we provide that can be completely integrated into your existing curriculum. We also offer professional development workshops in which faculty can be trained by our trainers to take on the Project Bully Free Zone curriculum in your community during our absence. Either way, teachers are left with a deep understanding of how to integrate our objectives into existing curriculum objectives to create sustainable change in the classroom and beyond.


6. Does Project Bully Free Zone offer services on existing advisory committees?
Yes, PBZ’s curriculum is often customized to complement the existing school advisory committees goals.


7. How does Project Bully Free Zone leverage the arts in your programming?
It is our belief that students should have the opportunity to experience their newfound voice in various ways. Therefore, Project Bully Free Zone offers various packages that include student- and professionally-created film and songwriting. Project Bully Free Zone will work with schools to develop projects that showcase students’ new skills within the budgetary requirements of your school.


8. Can Project Bully Free Zone’s programs address hazing?
As hazing becomes a more common experience for children as young as middle school age, Project Bully Free Zone finds that it is integral to include hazing awareness and prevention information into the existing programming curriculum.


9. Are Project Bully Free Zone’s programs customizable?
Yes, we can customize our programs to meet the needs and curriculum of your school. Our program experts will work with you prior to the start date of programming to identify how we can best leverage our programming to make the most sustainable impact in your school and community.





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