In October 2015, BART Charter School’s 8th grade class visited the Clark to look at art in relation to thinking about human nature. Since then, another school around Williamstown—Mt. Greylock Regional School—joined the “Curating a Culture of Respect” project and the entire 7th grade visited on January 12. The Clark education department worked with Mt. Greylock’s teachers to develop a full-day event for them. A lot of the programming for this visit was based on the experiences we have shared with BART.
Mt. Greylock Students in the galleries
The Clark hosted about 110 students at the museum to discuss ideas around compassion, aggression, and violence prevention. Between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM, students had an hour experience in the galleries. They then spent the other hour meeting in conversations about “The Power of Art.” Four speakers were stationed in separate corners of a large multipurpose space in the museum, and each station discussed a different theme—Art & Ownership, Art & Community Enhancement, Art & Influence, and Art—Now & Then.
After lunch, all 110 students went into the galleries to complete reflections related to art and what it tells us about human behavior. Thank you to all teachers, chaperones, and especially the students for an enriching, exhilarating day. What a way to kick off 2016!
All photos taken by Tucker Bair.
In 2015, many initiatives and reflections upon fighting against violence in schools were initiated in France. Please find below a few links to reach some articles published at the end of 2015 on the topic:
In September 2015, the bulletin Jeunesses : études et synthèses (No. 28) [French only] has published: “Améliorer le climat scolaire pour lutter contre le harcèlement [Improving the school climate to fight against bullying]” (Injep editions). The article highlights the observations made by the Fond d’Expérimentation pour la Jeunesse (FEJ) [Experimental Youth-Development Fund]. The article emphasizes the importance of tracking in terms of fight against bullying and it insists also on social mediation in schools and on the importance to act on the school climate… for more information: http://www.injep.fr/sites/default/files/documents/jes28_ameliorer_le_climat_0.pdf
On October 29, 2015, the Minister of National Education to France, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, presents the first national day “Non au harcèlement [No to Bullying]” (November 5, 2015). The campaign and announcements are primarily for children (elementary schools) and witnesses … to learn more and get access to related topics: http://www.education.gouv.fr/cid94795/presentation-premiere-journee-nationale-non-harcelement.html
On November 5, 2015, the National Institute for Youth and Popular Education (INJEP) also publishes a release regarding this national day … for more information: http://www.injep.fr/sites/default/files/pages/cp_journee_harcel.pdf#overlay-context=espace-presse-9013.html
All these information and other related contents (press articles, etc.) are on: http://www.injep.fr/veille/lutter-contre-le-harcelement-en-milieu-scolaire-9583.html