Owning Up Curriculum

Owning Up Curriculum
Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice
Middle School
High School
8.5x11
Pages: 
440
ISBN: 
978-0-87822-609-2
Item Number:
5530
Price:$64.95
Owning Up Curriculum: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice

Overview

Owning Up Curriculum

The Owning Up Curriculum, written and developed by Rosalind Wiseman, author of The New York Times bestseller Queen Bees and Wannabes, provides a structured program for teaching students to own up and take responsibility—as perpetrators, bystanders, and targets—for unethical behavior. The curriculum is designed for adolescent groups in schools and other settings.

The Owning Up Curriculum presents a unique and comprehensive approach to preventing youth violence by targeting the root causes of bullying and other forms of social cruelty. It exposes the cultural expectations that teach young people to humiliate and dehumanize others as the way to achieve power and respect, then challenges them to transform this dynamic. The program also addresses the nuanced ways in which racism, classism, and homophobia are expressed in our culture and affect social cruelty and violence.

Separate sessions for girls and for boys combine group discussions, games, role-playing, and other activities to engage students in understanding the complexities of adolescent social culture. Students learn to recognize that they have a responsibility to treat themselves and others with dignity and to speak out against social cruelty and injustice.

A CD of reproducible program forms and student handouts is included with the curriculum.

Sessions for Girls and for Boys

The author provides separate sequences of sessions for girls and for boys, each consisting of a total of 17 sessions. These sessions are designed to help students achieve the following specific objectives:

  • Identify and discuss behaviors and attitudes associated with groups, popularity, trust, exclusion, and bullying.
  • Understand anger and how it can influence behavior and learn a strategy to enable them to communicate when angry.
  • Develop a plan of action when a friend or group demeans you or someone else.
  • Recognize the influence of popular culture on individuals’ behavior and decision making.
  • Examine how a boy’s or girl’s self-image affects behavior and attitudes toward others.
  • Develop an understanding of how culture affects interactions between boys and girls and learn skills for communicating effectively.
  • Understand the concept of reputations and the challenges in staying away from gossip.
  • Define cyberbullying, understand its impact, and brainstorm solutions.
  • Define sexual harassment, recognize and respect boundaries, and become aware of policies relating to sexual harassment.
  • Promote understanding of the differences between healthy and abusive relationships.
  • Identify and strengthen support networks and personal standards of dignity.

The SEAL Strategy

SEAL, one of the fundamental skills taught in this curriculum, is a strategy to empower people in conflict and other difficult situations in their everyday lives. The four-step SEAL process is often practiced during sessions in role-play situations.

  • Stop—Breathe, observe, and ask yourself what the conflict is about. Decide when and where you can talk to the person so the person will be most likely to listen to you.
  • Explain—Take your bad feelings and put them into words, be specific about what you don’t like and what you want instead. Think about what you are feeling and what you want first so that you can then tell the other person.
  • Affirm and Acknowledge—Affirm your right (and the other person’s right) to interact with people without being ridiculed, dismissed, or harmed. If appropriate, acknowledge your part in contributing to the conflict.
  • Lock
    • Lock in the friendship: Decide to resolve the conflict and continue being friends.
    • Lock out the friendship: Decide that you can’t be friends and want no further contact with the person.
    • Take a vacation: Decide to take a break from the friendship but agree to talk later about reestablishing it.

Book Reviews

". . . much more than another prepackaged program targeting bullying in schools. . . . Owning Up gives school-based practitioners—counselors, school psychologists, social workers—a program that can be tailored to address and dismantle the specific situations that sustain relational aggression, social cruelty, and physical violence in middle and high schools. The curriculum provides strategies and activities that are easily implemented in a group setting."

—Karen Walsh, Communiqué, National Association of School Psychologists

". . . a curriculum to help adolescents 'own up' or take responsibility for the decisions that they make with respect to their treatment of others. This includes taking a stand against social cruelty, bullying, and injustice. . . . Wiseman provides program sessions that challenge the oppressive and cruel stereotypes infused in youth culture. . . . the Owning Up program challenges the students to value themselves and others in spite of the unrealistic expectations placed on them by society and youth culture. . . . I was very impressed with the content of this curriculum with its smart use of engaging real-life scenarios that represent the pressures and difficult problems that today’s adolescents face. . . . some of these sessions would be a nice addition to life skills curricula for the purpose of substance abuse prevention and social competency enhancement."

—Susan Ciardiello, Social Work with Groups

"Wiseman’s book covers a variety of topics including abusive relationships, cyberbullying, sexual harassment, eating disorders, anger, stalking, boy issues and girl issues among others. She offers a comprehensive program with various situations, information and activities. If you are looking for a program to work with your students, add to advisory or a resource that covers these issues in depth, this is the book for you! The wealth of knowledge is incredible.

—Kim Lavoie, New Hampshire School Counselor Association Newsletter

"Wiseman offers a curriculum to enable teens to combat bullying behaviors and their concomitant social challenges. . . . Moving through the seventeen sessions over an extended time will help create a more accepting and supportive school environment that will benefit these children’s lives in more ways than can be measured."

—C.J. Bott, VOYA—Voice of Youth Advocates

"I like how Rosalind Wiseman sees life through the eyes of youth and how to reach them through her eyes and the eyes of insightful and with-it adults as she designs meaningful, relevant activities for them to 'own up and grow up.' She does it well."

—Topper Steinman—school counselor, trainer, and consultant

"This manual offers a program for educators to use in preventing bullying and other social problems by helping students to understand the importance of support, respect, dignity, and social relationships. The program takes gender, racism, classism, and homophobia into account, and features separate sessions and curriculum for girls and boys."

Book News Inc.

Table of Contents

Curriculum for Girls (17 Sessions)

  1. Getting Started
  2. Understanding and Using SEAL
  3. Cliques and Roles in Girl World
  4. Friendship Is Not a Joke
  5. What’s Up with Guys?
  6. Perpetual Beauty Pageant
  7. Know Your Image
  8. Understanding Media and Culture
  9. Reputations and the Double Standard
  10. Technology and Girl World
  11. Sexual Harassment
  12. Knowing When to Date and When to Dump
  13. Saying Yes and Saying No
  14. When Relationships Go Bad
  15. Abusive Relationships are Everyone’s Business
  16. Support—Giving It and Getting It
  17. Transforming Girl World and Closure

Curriculum for Boys (17 Sessions)

  1. Getting Started
  2. Understanding and Using SEAL
  3. Groups and Roles in Boy World
  4. Friendship Is Not a Joke
  5. What’s Up with Girls?
  6. Ripped and Shredded
  7. Know Your Image
  8. Understanding Media and Culture
  9. Reputations and the Double Standard
  10. Technology and Boy World
  11. Sexual Harassment
  12. Knowing When to Date and When to Dump
  13. Saying Yes and Saying No
  14. When Relationships Go Bad
  15. Abusive Relationships are Everyone’s Business
  16. Support—Giving It and Getting It
  17. Transforming Boy World and Concluding the Program

Appendixes

  • A. He Says, She Says: A Conversation About the Opposite Sex
  • B. Owning Up Curriculum Pretest/Posttest
  • C. Social Justice Protocols
Training/Workshops/Webinars

Training/Workshops

In-service training, consultation, or workshops by the author of this program can be provided for your school, facility, or organization. For more information and available dates, please contact:

RPW, Inc.
www.rosalindwiseman.com
202-545-0633

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