February 2012

Texting, Facebook . . . the incidence of cyberbullying has swelled in recent years. The ability to hide behind a screen enables students to spread abusive messages quickly and even anonymously.

Read more on Technology Gives Students a Wider Audience for Bullying…


“Until we are face to face with the mortality of another, we don’t give much thought to our own.”

Photographer Isa Leshko spent a year helping care for her mother, who has Alzheimer’s. She chose not to photograph her family during that time. Instead, her emotions came out in a series of photographs about a different subject: Elderly animals.

Read more on Unique Project Captures the Bittersweetness of Aging…


Stand Up for Your Peeps

February 21, 2012

in Education

What do marshmallow Peeps and bullying have to do with each other? Quite a lot, according to Franklin Middle School, which received a $1,000 grant for developing an antibullying program based on Peeps.

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Daniel Tammet, a writer and artist with high-functioning autism and savant syndrome, defines synesthesia as “an unusual cross-talk between the senses.” A synesthete himself, he perceives language, numbers, and colors as intertwined. “Words can have colors and emotions; numbers [can have] shapes and personalities,” and thus “the world is richer, vaster than it too often seems to be,” he said in a TED Talk called “Different Ways of Knowing.”

Read more on Man With Autism Perceives World in Phenomenal Way…

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“If I’m so good at basketball, then why do I always get picked last?”

In this scene from NBC’s Parenthood, Max, a boy with Asperger’s, explains to his parents that he can’t play basketball because he has a disability. But as his parents probe more deeply, Max reveals that he’s not only being left out, but his P.E. teacher is encouraging him to bring a note to excuse him from playing altogether.

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Can you recognize the warning signs of dating abuse?

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Observed by parents and communities as well as students and schools, this month recognizes the need to “educate young people about relationships, teach healthy relationship skills and prevent the devastating cycle of abuse,” according to TeenDVMonth.org.

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Everyone within a school system should feel safe and secure, from students and teachers to parents and administrators. To help achieve this goal, Policy 4374 goes into effect on July 1, 2012 for West Virginia’s county boards of education. Updates provide school employees, students, and parents with a single policy that includes not only what’s expected regarding student behavior, but also what’s expected of school systems to create safe and supportive schools.

Read more on West Virginia Schools Increasing Safety for Students and Staff…