MILWAUKEE (9/29/2011) - In collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Children's Health Education Center's BlueKids.org e-learning program will announce the evaluation and research results of Act Now! a bullying prevention program for grades 6, 7 and 8. This e-learning, game-based curriculum helps schools battle bullying by empowering bystanders and is currently offered at no cost to schools in Wisconsin. In the 2010-11 school year, 85 schools in 65 districts participated in Act Now! – more than 15,000 students and teachers.
What: Carolyn Stanford Taylor, assistant state superintendent, Department of Public Instruction and Bridget Clementi, director of Children's Health Education Center, will introduce and present an overview of the program and other prevention resources for schools statewide.
When:1:30 p.m. News conference.
2:20 p.m. Preview Act Now! in action (a select group of eighth grade students will be demonstrating the course).
- Carolyn Stanford Taylor, assistant state superintendent
- Brian Busler, superintendent, Oregon School District
- Bridget Clementi, director, Children's Health Education Center
- Jim Pliner, principal, Oregon Middle School, Oregon Wis.
- Kolleen Nesheim, teacher, Oregon Middle School
- Students, Oregon Middle School
Where: Oregon Middle School, 601 Pleasant Oak Drive, Oregon, Wis. Parking is available in the visitor section of the parking lot, located near the front entrance. Overflow parking will be available in the staff section.
"Our ongoing research is proving that Act Now! is effective in producing positive changes in knowledge, attitude and behavior. Kids are telling us that they are not afraid to ask for help." said Bridget Clementi, director, Children's Health Education Center.
"We know that children learn best in safe, secure, and nurturing learning environments, and as educators, we must always strive to provide that for our children," said State Superintendent Tony Evers. "Act Now! is a good resource we can offer our teachers so they can do their jobs the best they can, helping our children learn and grow, preparing them to become responsible citizens in our communities."
Through the generosity of many funding partners, especially Zink the Zebra Foundation, Act Now! will be available at no cost to Wisconsin schools for a limited time.
Children's Health Education Center and BlueKids.org e-learning programs offer resources and programs for children, teachers, parents and caregivers to help keep kids healthy and safe. These health education programs are delivered online, at our center or in the classroom. Children's Health Education Center is a member of Children's Hospital and Health System. For more information, visit BlueKids.org.