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Meeting the guidelines regarding DASA – Dignity for All Students Act . . .
I believe the first step should be reflecting on past and present accomplishments that your staff is most proud of. This will acknowledge and validate the efforts put forth by the staff and it will create a greater sense of trust and involvement.
The accomplishments that are shared will provide an excellent foundation that will enable your school to successfully meet and surpass the DASA guidelines. Programs need to be customized to meet your needs so that this initiative will enhance the existing culture of your school community.
For your information, Merrick Avenue Middle School (MAMS) is in the second year of designing a customized program to meet the DASA guidelines. Caryn and I are working with her staff to naturally integrate Upstander Responsibility and Social and Emotional Literacy into the culture of her school community. Caryn did coordinate a Steering Committee of administrators and teachers and this committee has been instrumental in ensuring the success of the program at MAMS.
In addition to customized professional development programs I also teach online and in-service courses. This coursework provides participants with excellent resources that would enable them to design a portfolio of activities that would meet the DASA guidelines.
Please feel free to contact me or Caryn Blum with any questions.
Retired Middle School Principal
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