Pineville school chosen for anti-bullying pilot program | Schools
PINEVILLE - The first few days for teachers at the start of a new school year usually means getting their classroom set up and working on administrative tasks. Pineville Elementary School’s first two days for staff and teachers looked very different.
The Foundation for Respect Ability, along with leaders from Operation Respect, conducted a two day staff and teacher training introducing the “Don’t Laugh at Me Program” (DLAM). Three concerts were also held for the students on their second day of school.
Pineville Elementary has been chosen as the foundation’s first pilot school based on a willingness to incorporate the DLAM program throughout the school year as well as total staff commitment. Operation Respect conducted the program with team leaders Mark Weiss, Director of Education for Operation Respect and Dr. Loucrecia Watson- Collins, who is on the staff of the University of Alabama, and is also known for her proactive approaches to prevent bullying.
“We are pleased to be chosen as the first pilot school by the Foundation for Respect Ability. Their support, lessons and strategies go beyond anti-bullying. They are working hand and hand with our school clientele to increase self-awareness among both our students and staff which will strengthen our interpersonal relationships. The data is clear.. .when we feel good about ourselves, when we have the skills to work well with others and when we teach the entire child both the effectiveness of teachers and students increases. We are grateful for their involvement in our school," states Brian Doerer, Principal of Pineville Elementary.
“We at Operation Respect are so pleased that the Foundation for Respect Ability is supporting work in schools that will result in children feeling more connected, safe and cared for. Professor Loucrecia Collins and I were so pleased to work with the Pineville staff to work on and plan for the coming year. The Pineville staff is very special. They will be using music and the arts, research-based classroom activities, and school-wide events and celebrations and working with parents and the community to promote a positive environment for everyone at Pineville. It’s very exciting!", Mark Weiss comments.