Stand Up. Speak Out.

"What's Your Story?" - 2017 Stand Up. Speak Out. Day of Action! 

Promoting social justice, respect and understanding with Stand Up. Speak Out.

At the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB), we know the only way to address bullying in all its forms is to start talking about it. 

That`s why every year we host Stand Up. Speak Out.,CCRSB’s board-wide day of action promoting social justice, anti-bullying and positive, healthy relationships.  

It is important to recognize the complexity of bullying, so in the last couple of years a deeper conversation about social justice has emerged as an important piece of Stand Up. Speak Out. This has proven to be an important topic with our students, and led to the theme of this year's event: What's Your Story?  

This is a fitting theme because it is through our stories that we know each other; it is through our stories that we build relationships and empathy; and it is through our stories that we can more deeply understand the pillars of social justice. What it all comes down to is that if we know someone's story, we are more likely to treat them with respect and understanding.

What we want to discuss during Stand Up. Speak Out. is how we interact with each other, how we treat one another and how we deal with feelings of anger and unhappiness. By talking about these things, we are helping to create a healthy learning environment for all of our students.  

This year's Stand Up. Speak Out. took place on Sept. 14 at Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro. It served as a forum for students, teachers and community leaders to address bullying, while working together to promote social justice in our schools and towns. To read more about the event, visit here

Nolan Pike delivers keynote address at Stand Up. Speak Out.  

We were thrilled that Nolan Pike agreed to be our keynote speaker this year!

Mr. Pike is a well-known and inspirational LGBTQ* community educator who has travelled throughout the Maritimes working with schools and other organizations to build more inclusive environments for the LGBTQ* community. 

He is a transgender person who has worked with he Youth Project, which provides services to Nova Scotia youth around the issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, and Equity Educate, which offers consultation, professional development, and resources to help create a more equitable environment for staff, clients, and students. You can ready more about Mr. Pike here

The Mystery of the Doors Finally Solved!

CCRSB is owning the mystery doors that have popped up across central Nova Scotia this summer.

There has been much speculation online and in the news about who set up the doors, ever since a purple door appeared in Elmsdale, a blue door in Amherst, a red door in New Glasgow and several doors of varying colours in the Truro area. The doors are part of the lead-up to Stand Up. Speak Out. on Sept. 14 and are symbolic of open door, open mind.  Five bright and different colors were chosen to represent the five pillars of social justice. 

The doors are now placed in CCRSB schools, where they will be decorated by students and become even more representative of the pillars of social justice. 

The doors will remain in schools until May when they will come back together to form an art installation truly representative of the five pillars. 

How can we Stop bullying?

How do we do it? By getting everyone - students, staff, parents/guardians and community partners - on the same page when it comes to bullying and its root cause: poor relationships.

This isn't just about one person. By its very definition, a relationship involves more than one person. So, this issue comes down to how we interact with each other, how we treat one another and how we deal with feelings of anger and unhappiness. Those feelings and how to deal with them, that's all part of a larger idea called Social and Emotional Learning or SEL. All of these things are part of a larger focus at CCRSB, our Race Relations, Cross-Cultural Understanding and Human Rights Social Justice Framework. 

In cooperation with Dalhousie University, three handbooks to help guide and inform students, parents, guardians and community members were developed. These handbooks contain great information about recognizing bullying behaviours, steps to take if you suspect that your child is being bullied, has bullied others or has witnessed bullying. They also offer insight into the Social and Emotional Learning approach being used in CCRSB schools. 

Be a Role Model: Information for Parents, Guardians & Communities

What do Role Models look like?

As a parent, guardian or member of your local community you are a Role Model for CCRSB students. Your words and actions show students, everyday, how to treat one another - with kindness, respect and compassion or contempt, ridicule and intolerance. As an adult, it is your choice. Join us and be a Role Model for the students in your community and the children in your home.

Bullying happens everywhere: at home, in the office, at your worksite, in the park, on the street and at the grocery store. We can combat bullying by learning to deal with our relationship problems in a healthy, constructive way. As adults we can combat bullying by stopping it whenever and wherever we see it happen. 

Bullying hurts everyone. It hurts the person being bullied. It hurts the people who see bullying. It hurts the person bullying others. If we all work together we can stop bullying. 

You can learn more about bullying by reading and sharing our Guide for Parents, Guardians and Communities with your family, friends and co-workers.

Be a Hero: Information for Elementary Students

What do Heroes look like?

Heroes help other people. Everyday Heroes aren’t super, and they can’t fly. But Heroes CAN stop bullying! When you Stand Up and Speak Out you’re being a Hero! When you tell a parent, guardian or a person at your school about bullying you are a Hero! Bullying hurts everyone. It hurts the person being bullied. It hurts the people who see bullying. It hurts the person bullying others. If we all work together we can stop bullying, and that makes us all Heroes.

Heroes help other people. Everyday Heroes aren’t super, and they can’t fly. But Heroes CAN stop bullying! When you and Speak Outyou’re being a Hero! When you tell a parent, guardian or a person at your school about bullying you are a Hero

Bullying hurts everyone. It hurts the person being bullied. It hurts the people who see bullying. It hurts the person bullying others. If we all work together we can stop bullying, and that makes us all Heroes.

You can learn more about bullying by reading our Guide for Elementary Students with your parents or guardians.

Be a Leader: Information for Middle and High School Students

What do Leaders look like?

Leaders help other people. When they see bullying happen, they try to stop it. When you Stand Up and Speak Out, that’s the action of a Leader. When you reach out to someone being bullied, that makes you a Leader. When you tell your parents/guardians, a teacher, bus driver, custodian, guidance counsellor or your principal about bullying, that makes you a Leader. When we Stand Up Together we can stop bullying.

You can learn more about bullying by reading our Guide for Middle and High School Students.

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