Watch the following films that celebrate the best of humanity while promoting Social-Emotional Learning and Character Education.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING and MY HERO
Jackie McMahon's film "The Buddy Club" won first place in the Middle School category in the MY HERO International Film Festival.
The film examines an after-school program started by Jackie’s sister Katie, which pairs students with disabilities with other students with whom they normally would not have class. The program promotes the building of a community within High School that can stand against attempts at bullying and other anti-social behavior.
Students are encouraged to think of ways they can connect with other students, those with disabilities or in a different grade. Share your efforts with MY HERO.
After watching the following PSA New Together, students consider a time they were new to something to gain a better understanding of how a person immigrating from another country would feel. Although this features younger children, it is appropriate for all grade levels.
The film The Equal Justice Initiative, highlights the work of this non-profit organization, based in Montgomery, Alabama, that provides legal representation to prisoners who may have been wrongly convicted of crimes, poor prisoners without effective representation, and others who may have been denied a fair trial.
Bryan Stevenson and Equal Justice Initiative litigate cases for the unjustly imprisoned, reforming the justice system.
Bryan Stevenson has been recognized for the work that he has done to address poverty and racial inequality.
Watch filmmaker/spoken word artist Trey Carlisle's performance of "History Will Be Repeated," a poem promoting tolerance and encouraging us to stand up for equality and social justice. .
A mosque moves across the street from a church in the Bible Belt.
What happens when a mosque moves across the street from a church in the Bible Belt?
When an Islamic center purchased a plot of land opposite a church in Memphis, Tennessee, the local Muslim community expected hostility. Pastor Steve Stone had something else in mind. See how this community came together.
How can one person's kindness change a person's life?
You can never know the power you have to change someone's life.
Watch the film about how a trip to a magic shop and the kindness of a stranger changed Dr. James Doty's life.
Dr. James Doty, M.D., tells a touching story of how one interaction can alter the course of a person’s life.
Laguna Beach PD's Anti-Bullying Campaign featuring Tony Hawk.
Watch this short film about anti-bullying and how small acts of bullying add up.
Do you know of a time that someone was bullied by the use of text messages of social media? What did you do?
How can you be an upstander rather than a bystander when someone is being bullied or excluded?
Class and School Wide Projects
Inspire your students by watching this film, Call to Action Kindness Project. This film shows the efforts of students in 6th grade sharing ways to be kind with 2nd grade children to promote a more positive culture in their school and community in Ontario, California.
What can your students do to promote kindness and be a positive role model for younger students? Share your project with MY HERO.
When students think about characteristics that they recognize as "good," they are on their way to exploring the concept of heroism. By providing examples of people who epitomize these traits, students experience the choices people make in difficult times to promote good character.
Basic questions relating to positive values can be used with any of the MY HERO medium, whether it's stories, films, art, or audio. We've curated some examples on the topics of courage, kindness, perseverance, social justice, forgiveness and compassion.
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