Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice
Social dynamics, conflicts, and bullying influence every child’s ability to learn. A safe school climate depends on teaching students the skills to manage their emotions and critically think through solutions to social conflicts. How, then, do you prepare youth to be engaged learners and responsible, socially conscious citizens?
Created in collaboration with children and teens, Owning Up helps young people identify and be critical of social issues in their lives–from bullying and harassment in the classroom to systems of power and oppression in the world around them. The Owning Up Curriculum guides young people to understand:
- themselves in relation to group behavior
- the influence of social media on their conflicts
- the dynamics that lead to discrimination and bigotry
Whether you teach in a school, a team, or a youth-serving organization, Owning Up is a flexible, innovative curriculum that respects your knowledge of the young people and communities you serve by giving you the following:
"The Owning Up curriculum provides a relevant, current, and kid-friendly framework that uses students' language to teach them social justice. It is dynamic and engaging and my students are excited to come each week to learn more strategies to make the middle years easier."
THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
While Owning Up is a curriculum that you can buy and implement independently, it is also so much more. Our trainings support professional development and we have on-going support for educators through a community network.
The Owning Up Training is a development program for educators who work with middle and high school students to implement the Owning Up Curriculum in their school or organization. While an individual can buy Owning Up and use it without receiving any training, the Training gives educators the best foundation to implement the curriculum. Onward!
"Individuals responsible for the implementation of Owning Up are the cornerstone for its success in their community. They are teaching students to treat themselves and others with dignity. They are teaching them to educate themselves about power and privilege, oppression, personal accountability, and bearing witness when others oppress and discriminate against those who have less power.
Most important, they are empowering students to work as agents of positive change and influence in their own lives and in the lives of others."
-Middle Web article featuring Owning Up