No Name-Calling Week, observed on Jan. 21-25 this year, is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and helping schools launch an ongoing dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying and anti-LGBT bias.
The week was inspired by a young adult novel entitled The Misfits, by James Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all-too-frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence and sexual orientation/gender expression.
Motivated by this powerful story, the No Name-Calling Week Coalition—created by Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Simon & Schuster Children's publishing, and consisting of over 40 national partner organizations—organized the special week in schools across the nation.
The entire school community— teachers, students, guidance counselors, coaches, librarians or bus drivers—can be a part of No Name-Calling Week. Explore the No Name-Calling Week Web site, which offers a guide to planning and observing the week in your school.
The site offers free lesson plans for the high-school level:
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