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The Dignity for All Students Act

The Dignity for All Students Act first took effect in July 2012.  Its purpose is to build positive school climate by reducing the incidence of discrimination, harassment, and bullying in schools. Prohibitions against cyber-bullying were added to the law in July 2013. 

Requirements of the law include:

  1. Yearly staff training in issues related to creating a positive school climate, including annual updates to the Code of Conduct that are written in plain language.  Staff training will include all school employees.
  2. Overview of the Dignity for All Students Act to the student body in an assembly (either whole school or classroom)
  3. A board-approved and publicized Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC) who will investigate any allegations that students, parents, or staff report within the specificed timelines (including a substitute DAC where needed).
  4. Instruction in areas related to the Dignity Act throughout the curriculum (e.g., conflict mediation, communication skills, empathy building, character education, etc.)
  5. Reporting tool to gather information to be submitted to the NYS Education Department annually, including cyberbullying issues (added in July 2013)

NYSED Resources:


Dignity Act Resources


  • Kidscape - Tips for children, parents, educators about how to recognize, prevent, and intervene to stop bullying. Lots of free downloads. Click on Advice and then select category.
  • Kids Health - Type "bullying" into search window. User can elect to hear the articles while viewing the words. Spanish versions also can be selected.
  • National Crime Prevention Center - Type: "bullying" into Topics for Crime. Offers interactive clips for children to try out solutions to bullying situations and get feedback from McGruff the dog. Site provides numerous links to articles about bullying, effects of bullying and successful programs.
  • NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) this one is aimed at younger children.
  • NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) in partnership with Sprint.  Materials for 'tweens, teens and educators on safe internet use including videos, games, on-line comics, and teaching materials for educatiors to use. Topics coverd; Basic internet safety, chat rooms, e-mail, INM, gaming, predators, revealing too much personal information and cyberbullying. English and Spanish.
  • Safe Child Coalition - Tips for identifying bullying behavior and what to do if your child is a bully or a victim and bully prevention programs. Site is printed information for free and videos for purchase.
  • Stop Bullying .gov - Resources for kids, teens, young adults, parents and community. Includes webinars for kids and adults, powerpoints, toolkits information for community work. Information for LGBT youth.
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro Website - Type "bullying" into search window of home page for hundreds of articles on the topic.

Diversity Literature

  • American Library Association (ALA) The type in search window "bibliography for gay teens." Click on ”Outreach Resources for Services to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People." Two options will be revealed: a bibliography for gay teens list and a link to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) if you select this choice there is a menu on the left and one is the Stonewall Book Award "The first and most enduring award for GLBT books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table." There you will find the annual list of book award winners in all categories including the Stonewall Honor
  • Community Resource Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention: A Sourcebook for Community Action is the first of its kind to look at the effectiveness of specific violence prevention practices in four key areas: parents and families; home visiting; social and conflict resolution skills; and mentoring.
  • PBS site - Resources By Topic: Bullies resources for kids, parents and teachers. Has varied resources by topic including resource by topic: Bullies resources for kids, parents and teachers.
  • VANDERGRIFT'S CHILDREN'S LITERATURE PAGE (A Rutgers site): Literature in the Lives of Today's Children. On the left hand side of the page are many links to literature of various cultures and subgroups (Native American, Islamic Traditions and Muslim Cultures, Asian-Americans, Female Voices, Sensitive Issues, and many others.
  • Welcoming Schools is a website developed by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that offers lessons plans and many other resources for educators for addressing all kinds of diversity in families.  Includes bibliographies, kits, and DVD's available at a low cost or free.

Sex Education

  • Advocates for Youth - Resources for sex education advice for parents and educators of children of all ages Resources for youth who are LGBTQ, African American, Latin American, general population related to sex education, reproductive health, and contraception and advocacy education. Click on bulleted items (they are not in bold) to open a page of information about each bullet.  English and Spanish

GLBTQI (Gay, Lesbian, BiSexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex)

These resources are for informational purposes only.  This is not meant to be an endorsement by Consultant Support Services.




Teachers - Lesson plan ideas and strategies

  • Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence.
  • Rethinking Schools,
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching: Lesson Planning for Elementary and Middle Grades, McGraw Hill Higher Education,
  • Jigsaw Classroom links to resources page classroom teachers. "The jigsaw classroom is a cooperative learning technique with a three-decade track record of successfully reducing racial conflict and increasing positive educational outcomes." Provides links at "Links on Cooperative Learning and School Violence" to numerous resources for teaching cooperatively with justice and equality and acceptance.
  • New Horizons for Learning, A Culturally Responsive Lesson for African American Students
  • School Organization and Curriculum Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools, This Web site is an illustration of standards developed by Alaska Native educators to provide a way for schools and communities to examine the extent to which they are attending to the educational and cultural well-being of the students. These "cultural standards" provide guidelines or touchstones against which schools and Teachers can access many free lesson plans written by teachers for elementary, middle, and high school by subject and topic. A few samples are of the young people they are responsible for nurturing to adulthood.
  • Teaching Diverse Learners, Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Ways of Knowing: Native Knowledge and Western Science, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
  • Welcoming Schools includes a guide and an evaluation survey of school climate for k-5 schools; activities for teachers, role definitions for administrators and librarians; bibliography of books for children and additional resources for educators. Learning activities address family diversity, gender stereotyping, and bullying.
  • Classroom strategies to combat racism
  • Responding to everyday prejudice, bias and stereotyping from Teaching
  • Curriculum resources for teachers from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, supported by the Highmark Foundation
  • Welcoming Schools is a website developed by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that offers lessons plans and many other resources for educators for addressing all kinds of diversity in families. Includes bibliographies, kits, and DVD's available at a low cost or free.

Sample Lesson Plans and Webquests Developed by Teachers


Parents of Girls

Bullying Prevention Programs

  • Rachel’s Challenge - A school-based program that uses the life of Rachel Scott, the first person killed at Columbine High School in 1999, as the inspiration for changing student lives and school climate. The assembly program uses video/audio footage of Rachel’s life and the Columbine tragedy to motivate positive change in the ways students treat each other. This is followed by a separate interactive 90-minute training session involving adults and student leaders that shows how to sustain the momentum created by the assembly. In the evening a Rachel’s Challenge speaker conducts a session with parents and community leaders and asks them to reinforce the positive decisions their teens are making. Info: 1-877-895-7060 or visit
  • Safe School Ambassadors (SSA) - A research-based program that is student-centered and focuses on changing social norms for students in grades 4-12. The program emphasizes bullying and violence prevention. SSA identifies and selects student leaders from diverse groups on campus and forms them into a team of SSA who are trained and willing to intervene to prevent or stop mistreatment of students when they see it. Info: contact Community Matters at (707) 823-6159 or
  • Building Assets - Reducing Risks (BARR) is a research-based school-based prevention program designed to decrease the incidence of substance abuse, academic failure, truancy, and other disciplinary incidents among high school students. The curriculum consists of 33 sequential, 30-minute group activities delivered weekly throughout the school year by teachers and/or school staff. There are 10 general content areas, including bullying. Schools that implemented BARR showed a decline in bullying by boys compared to a comparison group that did not receive the intervention. School connectedness also increased after the intervention. Info: call or email Phil Rose at (800) 888-7828 or
  • Bully Free - Program developed by A.L. Beene, PhD.



  • Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use -

PO Box 4754
Syracuse, NY 13221

Matthew L. Cook, Ed.D.
District Superintendent
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