on Bias, Bullying & Bystanders
Bias-awareness educator Susan Goodman is also a professional saxophonist-singer-songwriter whose eclectic blend of jazz, pop, Latin and Afro-beat influenced original songs open ears and minds of even the savviest young listeners.
Her compelling lyrics shine a light on
- the spectrum of bias
- the myths of stereotypes
- empathy and compassion
- courage to be an Ally (refuse to be a silent bystander)
- Dignity and Respect for All unique identities in our communities.
Why focus on bias?
Most bullying is bias-based, targeting those perceived as "different."
To stop bullying, we have to help students see the bias behind the bullying.
Why focus on bystanders?
Bystanders far outnumber perpetrators. As the majority, they have the most power to make a difference, to choose to be Allies for one another!
Music engages students across the spectrum of learning styles and grade levels. Music has the power to opens ears, minds, and hearts.
STAND UP! SPEAK OUT! is designed to support state and federal anti-bullying initiatives and foster a more positive learning environment by promoting
Interactive songs engage students with different learning styles, opening dialogues on bias and bullying with students K-12, with distinct programs tailored for elementary, middle, and high school audiences. Catchy rhythms and rhymes help students internalize key concepts captured in unforgettable phrases:
Step Up to the Plate, Do the Right Thing, Say You'll Be an Ally, Think Before You Speak, Speak Out for Me, Don’t Take the Bait.
Study guides are provided for each song and music CDs are available for classroom use, to deepen the discussion and ensure continued learning, long after this engaging assembly program ends.