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Shadows Community and Tolerance Anti-Bullying Conference

Franklin High School Applied Theatre, National School Climate Center

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EST)

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Adult Ended $40.00 $1.99
Student (Kean ID) Ended $20.00 $1.49
Group Rates and High School Students Ended $15.00 $1.37

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Franklin High School's award winning applied theatre program, Shadowsin partnership with the National School Climate Center (www.schoolclimate.org) is offering their SECOND hands-on Anti-Bullying Workshop and Conference.  The day will involve hands on arts activities to help student and adults explore bullying in their communities and brainstorm on ways to make their schools and towns safer and more inclusive.  Presenters include theatre practitioners, spoken word artists and media specialists.  Workshops run both morning and afternoon with a special lunchtime performance.  

At the end of the day, adults and students will have the opportunity to come together to bring realistic, usable ideas back to their schools to try and create grassroots change in their communities.  Lunch is provided.


Sgt. Thomas Rich, creator and CEO of Always Connected is a certified police officer in the State of New Jersey. In his 17th year of service, his entire career has been dedicated to children. Sgt Rich has been traveling the country for the past 6 years and has created programs like this one to help make a difference in the lives of children. Sgt Rich was recently featured on Good Morning America and the Nancy Grace Show and at present has spoken to over 250,000 people about technology issues and cyberbullying!

Confirmed workshop leaders include:

Alyea Pierce, Spoken Word Artist and NY Knicks Poetry Jam Finalist - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - Write to Speak is a workshop that invites youth ranging from 7th grade to various college aged groups to develop their creativity, and constructively express their emotions through poetry.  Students will have the opportunity to harmonize the written word, spoken word, and performance through through various writing exercises and learning the basics of public speaking.


Marcela Barrientos, Lori Barringer, Michael Pantone - Professional Actors and Applied Theatre Artists - Valentine Road is a participatory based workshop revolving around the narrative of two middle school students. One of whom began to explore his identity at school and the other who felt threatened by it. The narrative of the story allows for moments of reflection and poses the question "how does a community respond to intolerance?" The aim of the workshop is also to have participants strategize ways they could work within a community to prevent things from escalating as they do in the story. The structure of the process drama (narrative) has a great deal of freedom for participants to draw their own conclusions as to who may be considered the "victim" in hopes of generating dialogue around varying points of view.

Jane O'Leary - Professional Actress and Applied Theatre Artist - IMPROV IT!  In this introductory workshop the principles of improvisation are explored. Active listening, risk-taking, and making your partner look good are all fundamentals to good improvisation. We will explore how to say yes, and build creatively in the moment. How do these skills translate into the real world? How do we collaborate successfully? How do we know when our voice is too dominant? How do we build the confidence to put our voice in the room? Everyone has the skills to build positively from where you are. 

Nati Hardin and Unabashed Idealists - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND with "The Little Boy Who Lost His Smile" - This workshop is a opportunity for participants to explore and try out educational theater techniques used in the Unabashed Idealists anti-bullying performance, "The Boy Who Lost His Smile." "The Boy Who Lost His Smile" is a 90-minute interactive theater performance for elementary students that uses applied theater techniques to provide  a safe space for students to deepen their understanding of bullying while also practicing and analyzing potential anti-bullying strategies for the victim and the bystander. Learn how you can use theater to address bullying with youth! 


Choices - an interactive theatre piece which follows the story of AJ, a senior in high school who is living his fathers' dream for him, but makes a choice that threatens his possibilities.  The Forum Theatre piece allows the audience to change the outcome of the story, along with discussing and dialoguing about possible strategies and outcomes dealing with family, friends and authority.


Marcela Barrientos, Lori Barringer - Professional Actors and Applied Theatre Artists - Pais-Country -- In this workshop participants will be encouraged  tofocus  on the process of interpretation as a way to explore how they view their current country and\their past countries. Through a series of theatre games we aim to create dialogue around the differences and similarities between the two but more importantly explore how these experiences influence/and define identities.

Marisa Zalabak - Professional Actress and Teacher of Arts-in-Education programs, National School Climate Center - Common Ground -- This workshop explores how we view ourselves and others in a nonjudgmental format; understanding we all have opinions about "others." Through interactive activities, this workshop helps to build a base for tolerance, providing opportunities for participants to become more aware of how attitudes toward race and diversity affect our lives. 


All proceeds go to continue spreading the dialogue about anti-bullying and safer, inclusive school culture.


Join us for this very special event!


There are group rates available.  Please contact Jennifer Little at Franklin High School, jlittle@franklinboe.org for more information.

Have questions about Shadows Community and Tolerance Anti-Bullying Conference? Contact Franklin High School Applied Theatre, National School Climate Center

When & Where

Kean University Student Center
1000 Morris Ave
Union, NJ

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EST)

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Franklin High School Applied Theatre, National School Climate Center

Franklin High School's Applied Theatre Program, created "Shadows," a student written, award-winning devised drama to create and stimulate an honest discussion about bullying for and by youth.  Winner of Golden Bell Leadership Award for Anti-Bullying. FHS Applied Theatre has won commendations by Governor Christie of New Jersey, by Mayor of Franklin Township, and was nominated for a 2012 Emmy Award.   "Shadows" recently returned from performing sold out shows at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival! In addition, FHS Applied Theatre has partnered with Lifeline National Suicide Prevention, The Tyler Clemente Foundation, NJ Traumatic Loss, Mental Health Association of New Jersey and others in creating ongoing youth oriented, hands on artistic endeavors to provide the community with new ways to explore social and community issues and dialogue. 

NSCC (www.schoolclimate.org) is an organization that helps schools integrate crucial social and emotional learning with academic instruction to enhance student performance, prevent drop outs, reduce violence, and develop healthy and positively engaged adults. For more than a decade, NSCC has worked together with the entire academic community— teacher, staff, school-based mental health professional, students, and parents—to improve total school climate. We continue to help translate research into practice by establishing meaningful and relevant guidelines, programs and services that support a model for whole school improvement with a focus on school climate.

NSCC’s vision is that all children will develop the essential social, emotional, and intellectual skills to become healthy and productive citizens.

NSCC’s mission is to measure and improve the climate for learning in schools to help children realize their fullest potential as individuals and as engaged members of society.

NSCC achieves this through:

• Advocacy and policy

• Measurement and research

• Educational services


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