Black Girl Blues Webinar Sparks Important Discussion Among Educators

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If you were not able to attend the Black Girl Blues webinar yesterday, our presenters Carolyn Strong and Julie Burnett made a strong case for education and re-education on this often taboo subject. Perhaps the most striking information shared was in the form of video clips – profoundly eyeopening proof of the prevalence of intra-racial bullying among school-age girls. The presenters fielded an overwhelming number of insightful questions from attendees. Here are just a few:

How do you create an anti-bullying program when your principal is a bully?

When you work in a predominantly white school environment with most of our African-American girls participating in the Voluntary Transfer Program, how do you begin this courageous conversation with ALL students? Or should we do “pull outs” with our beautiful young girls and teach these concepts?

As a Dean, how do you change your course of action when you realize that a potential bully situation (as reported by a parent, teacher or the bullied student) is really a peer conflict? Or should it still be reported and treated as a bully situation?

Can you speak to early intervention? As a counselor of Kindergarteners and 1st graders, I find that many black girls are carrying out their poor self-image or prejudicial views of skin tone and hair design at this young age, and it only gets worse throughout elementary school. Please give some suggestions on how to approach this.

Attendees took away information on the Q.U.E.E.N. model for conflict resolution, how to build community with students and parents in preparation for re-education efforts and the importance of confronting the issues surrounding intra-racial bullying instead of ignoring potentially uncomfortable situations. A recorded version of this webinar will soon be available for purchase if you would like to add this resource to your professional development library. Join the conversation on Twitter or via Facebook.

Carolyn and Julie will be presenting on this topic at the 2013 National Conference on Girl Bullying in Las Vegas. Make plans to join us.

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