CRC and the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

The New York State Education Department passed The Dignity for All Students Act  (DASA) as law right before the 2012/2013 school year started, July 1, 2012. This law seeks to provide public school students who live in New York State with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.

There are a variety of methods to achieve a safe and peaceful school community. For over 40 years, CRC has helped many school administrators, teachers, parents and especially students along the path to becoming inclusive environments where social – emotional learning is valued. CRC provides workshops to school staff, school administrators and students in Conflict Resolution, Bias Awareness and Bully Prevention and Intervention within the school environment. We’ve also done programs for parents concurrently with staff and student training, so that whether the student is at home, or at school, they are supported in their development of becoming  more inclusive and caring individuals. CRC also trains students who have completed the above mentioned workshops in peer mediation so that they can play an active role along with their peers to foster a more harmonious school environment where everyone feels safe and supported.

CRC Workshops and Programs that support DASA

CRC was chosen to work in Connecticut schools after the state and the Commission on Children passed an Anti-Bullying Bill. On July 21, 2011, Connecticut’s Anti-Bullying bill became law. While working in the Connecticut school district, we began to realize that biases against peers played an important role in their bullying behavior. Therefore, many times we ask schools to consider doing the Bias Awareness workshop before the Bullying Prevention and Intervention workshop.

CRC helps you and your staff design and then implement specially tailored programs for your individual school to foster safer and more welcoming school learning communities. We are able to mix and match any of the above programs and/or workshops based on each individual schools’ needs or concerns and what the staff and students need for support to become a welcoming and safe community. Different school populations have different needs and understandings; no two-school community is alike. So, each school’s CRC DASA program will be tailored to the specific needs of your school and students. To learn how to implement our programs and/or workshops to build a more inclusive school, call or email us for a consultation.

In addition, the NYSED has many DASA related links on their website for teachers and administrators to look into for guidance on implementing best practices for safer school communities.

Other Bullying Behavior Resources:

Connecticut Commission on Children

The federal government’s anti-bullying website – Stopbullying.gov