Community Conversation on Bullying – October 21, 2021
The sixth annual Community Conversation on Bullying, presented by Defeat the Label and Meemic Insurance, will take place virtually on Thursday, October 21, 2021. The goal of the Community Conversation on Bullying is to help facilitate open discussion and conversations around the reality of bullying and SEL topics impacting our students and educators, and what can be done to address it in our schools and communities.
Discussions will be led by several national and local experts, including: teaching through trauma; increases in bullying, including biased-based bullying, and how to address it; kindness in the classroom; the role of the criminal justice system in bullying situations; teaching students outside classroom walls; and the shifting landscape of bullying – how COVID-19 has changed our classrooms and our careers as educators.
This year, the event will be offered to any educator or community member who wishes to attend and participate for free by utilizing Facebook. By making the event open to the public, Defeat the Label and Meemic hope to bring awareness to the issues being discussed.
“The more we talk about the impact of bullying and what we can do to lessen the impact and prevent it from happening the better,” Defeat the Label Co-Founder Jeff Sakwa said. “The idea is to provide a forum where children, parents, teachers and community leaders can come together for a positive, common goal.”
9:15-9:55 Glenn Stutzky, LMSW – “Children of the Pandemic”
10:00-10:55 Dr. Kelly Lynn Mulvey, Ph.D, North Carolina State University – “Understanding and Addressing Bias-Based Bullying Among Children and Adolescents”
11:00-11:30 Karen D. McDonald, Oakland County Prosecutor – “Bullying and the Criminal Justice System”
11:45-12:30 Rana DiOrio, award-winning author, and Jaclyn Lindsay, CEO and co-founder of Kindness.org – “The Science of Kindness”: how to foster and measure effective kindness in your classroom
12:35-1:15 Zach Rondot and Grayson McKinney, authors of "The Expert Effect" – The Expert Effect: A Three-Part System to Break Down the Walls of Your Classroom and Connect your Students to the World
1:20-2:00 Meemic Michigan Teacher of the Year panel
2:00 Thank you and wrap-up
Learn More About the Ron Clark Academy
The Ron Clark Academy, an esteemed nonprofit middle school located in Atlanta, GA, embraces an engaging student learning experience that has inspired hundreds of thousands of educators to seek out best practices for academic and social success. Learn more here.
‘Adolescent Suicide Prevention for Schools and Communities’
The Michigan Elementary & Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA), Michigan Virtual and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan have partnered to address the alarming rates of adolescent suicide and provide guidance, resources and supports that can be quickly deployed to schools and communities. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for youth and young adults in Michigan.
Developed in collaboration with subject matter experts from the Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, the Adolescent Suicide Prevention Series features five asynchronous courses. These free courses provide school administration and staff with the tools to identify the signs of students who are at risk of suicidal ideation, suicidal gestures, or completed suicide, and offer action steps to prevent and address these serious concerns.
Visit www.michiganvirtual.org/adolescent-suicide-prevention to learn more about the courses.
Funding Options for Your Classroom
Back-to-school time means back to “finding funding” time to support your classroom needs. Here are a few for your consideration.
The Meemic Foundation
This nonprofit organization offers monthly and quarterly grant opportunities exclusively to Foundation Club members. In the last five years, more than 15,000 grants have been awarded, equating to millions of dollars for everything from Chromebooks and 3D printers to flexible furniture and classroom supplies. Educators in the states of Georgia, Illinois, Michigan or Wisconsin are invited to join the free Meemic Foundation Club today for immediate access to the year-round grant opportunities.
Traditional Grant Database
So many traditional grant programs offered by federal, state, private Foundations and others. S & S Worldwide has built a tremendous grant finder database, with tools available to help you refine your search based on your state, type of education institution and subject matter.
Association of American Educators
This association offers teacher scholarships and classroom grants, up to $500, to all educators, made available by the AAE Foundation.
Adopt a Classroom and Donors Choose are two of the more popular funding platforms available for educators.
Yes! Remember the days of collecting Box Tops for 10 cents each? You still can – and now transitioning to digital, where receipts can be scanned for eligible products to earn money for your school.
Helpful Tools for Teachers
High school teacher and Meemic Family member Melissa Gordon shares tips and tricks for resources to help with online learning.
Learn how to use Jamboard, an interactive white board you can use with your students.
Learn how to use Google Meet, available for teachers through the G Suite for Education.
Two resources for teachers to help with online learning: “Print Friendly & PDF” and “Snap & Read.”
Free Online Resources for At-Home Learning
Be bored no more! Explore these sites for a variety of at-home activities to keep your young ones engaged.
EL Education – Projects at Home
Engaging and fun student projects from pre-school to high school. You’ll also enjoy seeing samples of completed projects done by students of all ages from around the world!
Healthy Teachers Program
The Whole Kids Foundation offers teachers a free online course covering healthy eating, shopping economically for healthy choices, and cooking tips and recipes.
Access Daily Education Resources for Parents – for PK to 12th grade!
A variety of resources for educators and students to support distance learning
Day-by-day projects from Scholastics to keep kids reading, thinking and learning
Time to get up and get moving!
Providing virtual literacy engagement
Sign up for GPB Education’s daily e-learning newsletter for free apps, activity ideas and lesson plans
Watch episodes of "Salsa," Georgia PBS’s award-winning Spanish Language series from young learners in grade K-third grade
Access to over 1,000 resources to support home and classroom learning
Ideas, Activities or a Smile to Share – on Nasco Education Facebook page
For Educators Only – Nasco Educate for free easy-to-deploy online classroom options
Learn computer science at home!
A variety of free science lessons for grades K-5
Sign up for their At-Home Learning Resources Newsletter – Coming Soon!
Home Safari Facebook Live events – every day at 3 p.m. ET!
Go on a virtual tour of Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The Washington Post
12 historic sites you can virtually tour from the couch during your quarantine
To support students without online capabilities, free access to Spectrum broadband and wi-fi for 60 days for new households
A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Sphero and littleBits Products
AAA Guide to Teen Driver Safety
Get the guidance you need to learn teen driving safety
Meemic Foundation Free Resource Library
The Meemic Foundation recognizes the importance of continuous professional educational growth and opportunity for our educators and administrators. That is why we offer free workshops conducted by teacher-leaders in topics that our Foundation Club Members deem important. Log into your account and view the Foundation Club Library today.
Free Education Degree Guide by TeachingDegree.org
Providing our current and aspiring teachers with what they need to stand above their peers is fundamental in securing the brightest future and strongest success for our students and communities. Superintendence of superior quality directly results in a student and youth population that is better prepared and actively committed to high achievement.
As a part of our goal to strengthen our communities through education, TeachingDegree.org has developed open-use guides to all degree levels in education. These resources contain information critical to choosing the right programs, understanding licensure, financing education and connecting with related organizations. With bachelor's degrees becoming more and more common, it's important that our teachers have access to the materials that can take their careers to higher levels. You can take a look at some of our guides linked below:
Education Degree Guide Series:
Associate's Degree – https://www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/associate/
Bachelor's Degree – https://www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/bachelors/
Master's Degree – https://www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/masters/
Doctoral Degree – https://www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/doctorate/
Guide to a Teaching Programs in Michigan – https://www.teachingdegree.org/online-degrees/michigan/
Education Week Webinars
Education Week, an independent national news organization focused on pre-k-12 education policy and practices, offers a collection of free webinars on a variety of education topics. Not only can you register for upcoming webinars, but can also access their webinars after their original live streaming date for a limited time.
View their list of upcoming and on-demand webinars.
Quill Education Resource Center
Look no further than Quill’s Education Resource Center for projects and activities to drive engagement! From fun classroom activities to teaching tips and holiday-oriented projects, you’ll want to regularly check out this resource to enrich your classroom!
edWeb.net Free Webinars
edWeb.net is a professional social and learning network that makes it easy for anyone in the education community to connect with peers, share information and best practices, spread innovative ideas and obtain professional development. It’s easy to view their current and upcoming calendar of upcoming edWebinars – live and on-demand!
View/register for an upcoming webinar. Search their database of over 1,300 free on-demand webinars.
Lakeshore Learning Craft Ideas & Activities
With over 1,000 resources for the classroom, you’ll want to start now checking out the free resources available through Lakeshore Learning!
Visit Lakeshore to get started!
Smithsonian American Art Museum
We’re sure you’ll enjoy the rich resources provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. From teacher guides to videos, you’re sure to find something to enrich the classroom learning experience.
Learn more here!