Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Confronting Bullying by Roxanne Henkin

Confronting Bullying: Literacy as a Tool for Character Education
By Dr. Roxanne Henkin
Published by Heinemann

Everyone has a stake in bullying especially when we know kids who are bullies are much more likely to end up in jail as adults. In many of the recent school shootings the victims have experienced bullying themselves.

Even though as individuals we can’t stop every act of violence, we can in schools work to reduce bulling on our campuses. “Everyone must identify a personal role in the formal and informal policies that seek to reduce violence, harassment, and bullying…Only when individuals are aware of a problem can they begin to consider taking action”. (Hazler 1996, p155)

Although bullying is receiving attention in schools, Confronting Bullying is the first to offer the inclusive inquiry cycle and the critical literacy perspective on bullying. Most books about bullying in classrooms offer suggestions that aren't embedded in literacy practice. Most character education books don't provide rich literacy instruction and quality book recommendations. Confronting Bullying provides all of these.

Confronting Bullying is available in over 223 libraries across the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Africa. It is also included on the parentbooks Violence and Bullying booklist and the Action Alliance for Children Booklist.

Avaliable at Heinemann, Barnes & Noble, Borders and other retailers.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Please Donate to the Limpopo Writing Project

Please Donate to the Limpopo Writing Project in South Africa

The purpose of the Limpopo Writing Project is to have teachers at all levels focus on the teaching of writing in their classrooms and after the Invitational Institute, to have these teachers share their knowledge with other teachers. Please consider making a donation to the Limpopo Writing Project. 100% of funds are tax deductible and go directly to the project.

Teachers Teaching Teachers
The San Antonio Writing project (SAWP) is raising money to help the teachers in Limpopo, South Africa start their own writing project. Funding is needed to subsidize 12 teachers at the University of Limpopo for the Invitational Institute in June 2011. These teachers will be coming from all over Limpopo province and will need room and board, as well as computers and supplies.

We need your help:

$50 would allow one student to pay school registration fees, receive a school uniform and provide lunch for the entire school year.

Please support The Limpopo Writing Project.

Send your donations to:
The Limpopo Writing Project
207 Northcrest Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78213

If you have other contributions or questions, please contact us at

Thanks for helping this dream come true.

Limpopo Writing Project
African Proverb
“ Until the lions get their own
historian the tale of the hunt
will always glorify the hunter”

Friday, February 4, 2011

San Antonio Writing Project's 5th Annual Conference

Our SAWP Conference will be on Saturday, February 5th, 2011. Reporter James Munoz will be our keynote speaker. The Power of Story is our theme and we have many wonderful presentations from our San Antonio Writing Project's Teacher Consultants. Go to www.sanantoniowritingproject.org to see the full program. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.