Sustained Learning Programs for Students
Ongoing messaging programs such as bulletin boards, emails, and diversity events cultivate respect through sustained learning.
Why Bulletin Boards?
Even in our digital age, there is much that can be gained from hands-on bulletin board messaging. From heritage months to super heroes, Harvesting Respect bulletin board content draws the attention of students throughout the school day using themes that interest them, conveying positive messages about diversity.
Bulletin boards can be created:
- By a student Culture Club, with or without parent involvement
- By a parent volunteer group
- By a high school level elective class
- By a WordSmooth consultant
Student participation offers many benefits. The bulletin board program develops knowledge and skills in the areas of social studies, math, art, and teamwork. The focus of the program is social studies.
Participants develop content highlighting historically significant events, individuals, geography, and cultural contributions in Architecture, Art, Athletics, Business, Civil Rights, Education, Entertainment, Food, Literature, Media, Music, Philanthropy, Public Service, Religions, Science, and Technology, and more.
Participants use math to measure and calculate layout parameters. Student artwork can be featured on the boards. Additional artistic skills include color choice, selection of photographs, spatial layout, and border design.
Program leaders help participants build teamwork as they listen to each other, acknowledge each other, make joint decisions, make and carry through on commitments, and celebrate their success.
The entire student body learns from the bulletin board program.
District-Wide Culture Clubs
When a school district wants to implement Culture Clubs in all schools, we provide
- Ongoing support and coaching
- Quarterly check-in meetings
- Communications coordination to ensure consistency across campuses
National Monthly Observances
September 15- October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month
October: National Italian American Heritage Month; National Disability Employment Awareness Month
November: National American Indian & Alaskan Native Heritage Month
December: No national month. Option: A variety of fall/winter holidays including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Las Posadas, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years (Western and Eastern celebrations)
January: No national month. Option: Where Did Our Sports Originate?
February: National Black History Month
March: National Women’s History Month + National Irish American Heritage Month
April: Disability and Autism Awareness; Earth/environmental issues
May: National Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month + National Jewish American Heritage Month
June: National LGBT Pride Month + Caribbean American Heritage Month
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Three for Every One
Parents and educators are beginning to recognize that it is not enough that we avoid speaking and acting in obviously discriminatory ways.
The absence of intentional discriminatory messaging is not the same as promoting equality and respect for all.
If we don’t intentionally teach inclusion and respect, the void is filled by other influences.
Harvesting Respect programs strive to provide students three positive messages about diversity for every negative one they hear, and thereby help students internalize a sense of respect for every group.
The program includes strategies to engage the entire student body in the bulletin board program.
Each monthly board can reflect diverse representation, as shown above, or boards can focus on a single group each month, as outlined below.
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