Assembly Programs on Bias, Bullying and Bystanders
High School - Grades 9-12
"The emotional message and high level of music hit a home run with all staff and students, across our wide range of grade levels. Bravo Susan Goodman!"
Dr. Jack Carr, Principal
Girard Academic Music Program
Philadelphia, PA (Grades 5-12)
" What a great program for the Week of Respect! Students really enjoyed the music and lyrics. Many were moved to approach me afterwards to discuss their own difficulties. A great program for any grade level. Well done, Sooz!"
Michele Klamerus, Student Assistance Coordinator
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Specialist
Becton Regional High School
East Rutherford, NJ (Grades 9-12)
K-12 assemblies, featuring Grades 5-12 (above):
30-minute video features program at Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP), a magnet music school in Philadelphia.
K-12 Assembly Programs (above): 5 minute overview (beginning with lower grades) of K-12 school assembly programs
Bein' Brave What is the difference between speaking out and snitchin'? Intent: What's your intention? What's your motivation?
Think Before You Speak Don't diss me or my identity! Your right to free speech doesn't trump my right to safety and civility.
No This song simply states that No means No: No matter how s/he's dressed, no matter if you paid for dinner, no matter what was said. If s/he doesn't say yes, then the answer is No. Date rape is considered "a national epidemic." This song may be included for mature student audiences because, like bullying, a) it involves a power imbalance and, b) it increasingly occurs in the presence of Bystanders (witnesses) who fail to Stand Up! Speak Out! for the target. No means No:
Compasíon This song about compassion was written in English and Spanish (reflecting this songwriter's love for the Spanish language and all forms of Latin music). Imagining what it feels like to stand in someone else's shoes is the most powerful tool we have to develop empathy and compassion for one another. Compasión is introduced with the metaphor of The Backpack: Each of us comes to school with more than books in our backpack. We carry all our past experiences, everything on our minds, the joyful and the painful. We just need to remember that every single person we pass in the hall--student or teacher--also carries a backpack filled with more than books.
Prejudice Is the Enemy Prejudice and stereotypes lead us to falsely believe that certain groups of people (different from us) are "the enemy." We have to challenge those biases and remember that no one kind of person is our enemy, but that Prejudice Is the Enemy
Ally asks straight kids to be Allies for LGBT kids:
Say you'll be an Ally!
Prejudice is prejudice
Xenophobe. homophobe or member of the Klan
Ignorance breeds hate and fear of
different kinds of people we don't understand