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Bullying, Specific Populations


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Dr. Peter Vigil, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Summer Seminar: Multicultural Education and Anti-Bullying Strategies, University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras

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Bullying, Specific Populations

  1. 1. Summer Seminar Multicultural Education & Anti-bullying Strategies UPR Rio Pierdas
  2. 2. Students with Special Needs LGBTQ Students
  3. 3. Every year approximately 6.5 million children in the United States receive Special Education services These children represent an array of abilities and instructional needs, typically identified through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) These students have varying levels of inclusion in general classroom usually dependent on severity of student needs or behaviors. (NCES 2010)
  4. 4. Children with noticeable disorders present a high risk for being bullied (Dawkins, 1996) Certain Learning disorders appear to be at the lowest risk compared to other disabilities (Kaukiainen, et al ., 2002)
  5. 5. Content Integration The Knowledge Construction Process Prejudice Reduction An Equity Pedagogy An Empowering School Culture
  6. 6. Disability simulations ◦ Advantages ◦ Disadvantages Assistive Technology
  7. 7. Studying the history of special education services in United States Considering the promise and problems of inclusionary practices Examining the disproportionate referrals of certain populations for special education services
  8. 8. 9 out of 10 LGBT students have experienced harassment at school. LGBT teens are bullied 2 to 3 times as much as straight teens. More than 1/3 of LGBT kids have attempted suicide. LGBT kids are 4 times as likely to attempt suicide then their straight peers. LGBT youth with “highly rejecting” families are 8 times more likely to attempt suicide than those whose families accept them. It is estimated that btw 20%-40% percent of all homeless youth identify as being LGBTQ The stigma and hostilities youth experience from anti-LGBTQ bullying makes them prone to health risk behaviors, such as skipping school, smoking, alcohol and drug use, and sexual risk
  9. 9. “Considered to be the most Gay friendly destination in the Caribbean, San Juan long buried its stereotypical macho image and replaced it with a culture that is remarkable for its tolerance and openness” (Lonely Planet, 2014) Status & Rights LBGTQ in Puerto Rico ? ◦ “Gay Marriage” ◦ Discrimination ◦ “Hate Crimes” Including LBGTQ issues in K-12 curriculum If / when is it appropriate to discuss examine LBGTQ topics in classroom?
  10. 10. Content Integration The Knowledge Construction Process Prejudice Reduction Examples: from video “It’s Elementary”
  11. 11. LGBTQ student organizations Stop Bullying Violence Prevention Works c/ American Psychological Association (APA) ◦ Bullying and safe schools for LGBTQ students ◦ It Gets Better