Using The Power of Online to Get Teens to do Good Things Offline: Be a part of DoSomething.org

It seems bad news will travel fast and good news will take time to get to us.  However it is about time that we DoSomething to change that.  DoSomething.org is an awesome website designed to inspire teens to make a difference in the world we live in. Watch their video and learn about it here.

DoSomething.org harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about.  Almost every week, they launch a new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a real impact and doesn’t require money, an adult, or a car. With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the U.S. for teens and social change.

Their cause this month is Green Your School Challenge!

Get your school involved!

From February 1, 2012 thru April 22, 2012:

  1. Register your school to take part in the challenge! Get your friends to sign up too.
  2. Browse projects ideas for your school to tackle to increase recycling, save energy, promote green agriculture, and more!
  3. Report back on your completed projects to be judged by our panel of celebrity and expert judges!Bring the challenge home! You don’t have to just green your school, you can green your home too!

Watch video about Green Your School Challenge.

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Sue Scheff: Failures of Public School – The Lottery Film

The Lottery documentary will have one screening in Florida.  This follows our public school system and gives you an education of what is wrong and where improvements need to be made.  As they follow four separate students, it is an eye opening experiences.

On June 8th it is Public Education Day and a perfect day to screen this film.

Tuesday, June 8th, at 7:30pm at Muvico Hialeah 14, 780 West 49th St, Hialeah and Muvico Centro Ybor 15, Historic Ybor City, Tampa there will be a screening of The Lottery on Public Education Day.

About The Lottery film:

In a country where 58% of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, The Lottery uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. The Lottery follows four of these families from Harlem and the Bronx who have entered their children in a charter school lottery. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only a small minority will win the chance of a better future.

The Lottery uncovers a ferocious debate surrounding the education reform movement. Interviews with politicians and educators explain not only the crisis in public education, but also why it is fixable. A call to action to avert a catastrophe in the education of American children, The Lottery makes the case that any child can succeed.

It is time people take an interest in education today. Children are our future. Education is key to having a bright future. It is time to get involved!

The Lottery follows four children through the highs and lows of a life-changing lottery, where the prize is a spot at one of New York City’s best charter schools. Interviews with politicians and educators reveal a ferocious debate surrounding the future of public education.  Watch trailer.

The Lottery can be pre-ordered, click here.

Watch the trailer of The Lottery here.

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Sue Scheff: Bully Bust Your School and Community Today

Do we need to hear more acts of violence, bullying and vicious text rage?  Do we need to hear it escalating to text hit lists or teens making bombs?  In reality, this is not an exageration, it is happening. 

In Broward County we have the horrific stories of Josie Lou Ratley, an eight grader that was nearly beaten to death and Michael Brewer, a teen that was nearly burned to death.

In Brevard County we have Cameron Lee Kage, a teen that was accused of creating a deadly bomb with all the materials and instructions to potentially set it off at his school.

In Duval County there is Anthony Jones that was allegedly on a text hit list in his school and was shot.

We don’t need another incident to wake-up our state and our county the serious cry for help with our teens and kids today.

BullyBust is is an awareness campaign designed to reduce bullying in schools by teaching students and adults how to stand up to bullying and promote upstander behavior. An upstander is someone who witnesses bully behavior and does something about it. Use the resources on BullyBust.org to transform your school or community from one of passive bystanders to a community of positive upstanders. Together we can put an end to bullying!

Educators, get critical supports for your school and join a dedicated community of schools nationwide: Sign up for the Partner School Program today.

Join BullyBust on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
Sign the BullyBust Stand UP Pledge today!

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Sue Scheff: What is your School Climate? Education is the Key to Prevention of School Violence

No matter where you are in our country, school climate is critical in our childrens lives.  Today with the headlines ripping with text rage, text threats and hit listsbullying, beatings, teen bomb scares and more, there has never been a more crucial time to educate parents, teachers, schools and students about prevention of school violence and the need to learn about healthy living.

School Climate is an educational resource that is working diligently to bring together everyone to benefit our communities and school districts. 

About School Climate:

Our goal is to promote positive and sustained school climate: a safe, supportive environment that nurtures social and emotional, ethical, and academic skills.

CSEE is an organization that helps schools integrate crucial social and emotional learning with academic instruction. In doing so, we enhance student performance, prevent drop outs, reduce physical violence, bullying, and develop healthy and positively engaged adults.

For more than a decade CSEE has worked together with the entire academic community-teacher, staff, school-based mental health professionals, students and parents-to improve a climate for learning.

We help translate research into practice by establishing meaningful and relevant guidelines, programs and services that support a model for whole school improvement with a focus on school climate.

Join School Climate on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.  Also follow them on through BullyBust.

Is your school safe?  Do the students feel safe? Measure your school climate today!  Click here.

Be an educated parent, you will have safer and healthier teens. Read more.