Haviland Avenue School (Camden County) teachers Richard Wilson, Lisa McGilloway, Paul Rogers, and school principal Carleene Slowik developed this project using a $1,647 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education. Increasing Literacy/ Decreasing Bullying: A Parent Child Book Club is an expansion of a pilot book club program that was developed for a small group of parents and students in 2006, using the novel “The Misfits.”
Parents and students will be recruited for the book club starting with the open house in September. Prior to the first meeting of the book club in January, the sixth-grade students will complete a survey on their experiences with bullying, name calling, and harassment. Once the book club has been formed, “The Misfits” will be sent home to parents with their reading assignments. The book club will meet each week in January to discuss the assignments, take surveys, and develop bullying strategies.
After reading the book, participants will provide feedback. Students will also complete a survey to reflect on their own experiences with bullying, name calling, and harassment that occurred between February and June. Data will be collected on discipline referrals through the rest of the school year to help evaluate the success of the project.
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