On November 26 at 6:00 pm, The Sage School will host an interactive workshop and information session designed for elementary educators/counselors, youth sports and group leaders, and parents around biased-based bullying in our schools.
Created by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Welcoming Schools is a national professional development program that provides training and resources to elementary school educators and parents to welcome diverse families, create LGBTQ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students.
“We think this is such an important conversation to be having right now as parents, educators, and youth leaders,” said Head of School Marie Leary. “Understanding and appreciating differences among our younger populations and helping them to navigate interactions with one another and in society in general. We strongly encourage surrounding schools and parents to participate.”
Biased-based name-calling and bullying can occur in elementary schools and often includes words and actions based on skin color, religion, gender, appearance, perceived sexual orientation, ethnicity, and abilities. Effective intervention requires naming and understanding these biases.
School Counselor Amy Conrardy agrees, “Elementary age children are still learning and developing emotionally and socially. In today’s world, there are some very complex and sophisticated concepts out there that we are asking children to understand and for parents to discuss with their own children or children they may coach or lead in community activities. This workshop is a way to gain some techniques and language around creating an inclusive community.”
This special event will be limited to 75 guests. To reserve your seat, please call Lisa Downs at (508) 543-9619. Because this is such an important event there is no formal charge to attend, however, there is a suggested donation of $25 to cover associated hosting costs.