The Education for Everyone event series aims to share information and raise awareness of students with different challenges so everyone can better support these individuals in our schools and communities. This year, CLIMB Theatre will present "One Kind Thing", a play about bullying and cyber bullying.
Online registration is now closed for this event. Registration will be accepted at the door. Admission is $10 for all attendees.
In this fast moving and compelling multimedia performance set in the year 2020, twelve college students recall their early teen years as the bystanders and targets of students who bully – in person and in cyberspace.
Using technology students recognize, and examples of bullying they can immediately relate to, CLIMB Theatre’s new play is powerful and compelling. The year is 2020. Alyssa is reaching out to former students of Craighton Middle School to help her with a book she is writing. Twelve Craighton alumni respond with YouTube reflections on their roles as the bystanders and target of bullies. As the former students begin their stories, their videoed images fade and live actors enter the stage to enact their remembrances of cyberbullying, LGBT bullying, rumors, and physical and emotional bullying. “One Kind Thing” gives students in the audience an opportunity to see middle school drama as something other than ‘just the way it is.’ They come to see it as something that could be changed, if they have the courage to do just “One Kind Thing.”
This performance is most appropriate for grades 5 and up. Watch a preview of the play. [YouTube, 6:12]
4:30 pm: Registration
5:00 pm: Context Presentation: Overview of issues related to bullying prevention
5:30 pm: “One Kind Thing” performed by CLIMB Theatre
6:30 pm: Break for pizza dinner and networking opportunities
7:00 pm: Panel discussion - “Protecting All Students: Policy, Resources and Implications Regarding the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act.”
Panelists will include:
Terri Vandercook, is the chair of the Special Education and Gifted Education Department at the University of St. Thomas. Terri has worked with and learned from individuals with significant developmental disabilities, their families, and team members for over 35 years. She will serve as the Panel Moderator.
Representative Jim Davnie, in the House this biennium Jim sits on the Education Reform, Education Finance, and Tax committee and is co-author of the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act. He also serves on Commissioner Brenda Casselius’ Education Finance Working Group. Jim taught middle school social studies for 17 years.
Madison Seeley, a sophomore at Edina High School and a member of PACER’S National Bullying Prevention Center youth board. She competes on her school’s speech and debate teams and is passionate about bully prevention. She will share her perspective on how bullying impacts students.
Kelly Wolfe, is a Senior Policy Specialist for Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota. Her organization wrote a white paper on bullying that discusses the threat of bullying from a health perspective. Research shows that bullying is bad for the health of the bullied, the bully, and even those who witness the bullying.
Nancy Riestenberg is the School Climate Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. She provides technical assistance to school districts on violence and bullying prevention, school connectedness, school climate, dropout prevention, cultural relevance in prevention education, crisis prevention and recovery, and restorative measures. She is the author of Circle in the Square: Building Community and Repairing Harm in Schools.
Sabrina Mauritz is the associate director for Regional Organizing at OutFront Minnesota, and a member for the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform. She was also previously a Catholic community organizer with Minnesotans United for All Families.
Submit a question online to the panelists prior to the event. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A portion of the event.
This event is being held in the University of St. Thomas Anderson Student Center. Guests for this event are to park in the Anderson Parking Facility (APF) located on the corner of Grand Ave. and Cretin Ave. South. Guests for this event may park for free. Please see 2014 Spring for Education for Everyone General Parking .pdffor parking details and instructions.