Featuring Jim Vagias

The Northeast's Only Assembly Magician with a Teacher's Background

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Jim Vagias (“Magic Jim”) is a former teacher who has been combining magic, humor and audience participation for over 30 years to motivate and inspire students. His various curriculum-based assemblies deal with such relevant topics as Anti-Bullying, Character Education, Cultural Diversity, Tolerance, Literacy and American History. Seen by over half a million students, all of Jim’s assemblies come with his 100% guarantee. Browse the site for more information about each assembly.

Jim Vagias is an expert in character education and anti-bullying programming. He is the only magician in the Northeastern United States with a teacher’s background. Mixing the art of magic with humorous storytelling, he has performed for students throughout the United States and has been on national television several times. Jim’s magic and motivational performances have been seen by over 500,000 students throughout the years. His love for children, his joy in their achievements, and his strong commitment to using his background to foster better educational opportunities has made him a favorite among students and faculty alike. Jim lives in Central New Jersey with his wife (also a teacher) and his daughter.

Jim laughing with a puppetexcited-students
Jim laughing with a puppetstudents

Educational Productions is proud to perform its anti-bullying and character education programs for a wide variety of groups and causes. All performances are backed by Jim Vagias’ Money-Back Guarantee.

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School Assemblies

Bully-Proof Your School: The Magic of Character

This anti-bullying character education program teaches respect, responsibility and caring, while entertaining your students at the same time.
Appropriate for Grades K-8.
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Magic Jim has the children eating out of his hands as he stressed the importance of respect, responsibility and caring in a most entertaining way.– Joan Pramberger, Interim Principal, St. Gregory the Great School, Hamilton Square, NJ

Bully-Proof II: The Sequel

Just like the hugely popular first assembly, Bully-Proof II uses magic, humor, story-telling and lots of audience participation to give students the tools to develop positive character traits, and to teach them to deal with bullies. Bully-Proof II picks up where the first assembly left off, as students learn three new character traits – trust, cultural diversity and fairness.
Appropriate for Grades K-8.
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The kids enjoyed this program just as much as his Bully Proof I program, and now have even more tools to handle bullies and continue to develop into people of good character.– Catherine Bento, Ph.D., Certified New York State Psychologist
Jim with his Reading is Cool set

Reading is Cool: The Magic of Books

Developed over a five-year period in coordination with numerous New Jersey educators and librarians, this highly participatory program is specifically designed to get kids laughing, clapping and excited about the possibilities that await them when they open a book. We talk about all sorts of books: Biographies, Research Books, and Story Books. Of course, “cool” magic routines are done about each type of book, as children from the audience are invited up during the performance to help make the magic happen!
Appropriate for Grades K-8.
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Jim has an extraordinary repertoire of material and an animated manner that captivates and teaches at the same time. Jim is a dedicated performer with the ability to motivate young people. His warmth, enthusiasm and general interest in children was evident in his performance.– Jan P. Johnson, Montclair Public Library

Winter Holiday Express: The Magic of Different Cultures

Join Magic Jim as he takes your students on an imaginary train ride around the world! Using books that can be found in your library, Jim teaches students how different cultures celebrate the winter holidays. With lots of humor and audience participation, your students will learn about Kwanza, Diwali, Solstice, Ramadan, Hanukkah, and Christmas.
Appropriate for Grades K-8.
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Thank you for showing our students that while the different cultures may have different ways of celebrating winter; we are all part of one big family called the human race. It was a great way to warm us up during the cold winter months!– Colleen Culhane, Teacher, Jersey City, NJ

American Heroes: The Magic of Citizenship

Join Magic Jim and his trusty sidekick puppet dog Clue as they take a fun and fact-filled journey to Washington, D.C. During the imaginary trip to our nation’s capital, students will learn about different American heroes like Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony and George Washington Carver.

Throughout the assembly, Magic Jim will use books and biographies that can be found in your school library. Not only will students learn what those great Americans did, but will also find out what they all had in common. Like all of Magic Jim’s assemblies, this one is full of magic, humor, audience participation, and puppetry.
Appropriate for Grades K-8.

Summer Reading Programs

Some of Jim’s favorite memories of growing up were taking trips to the library with his mom to take out books.  As a former teacher, he is dedicated to encouraging young people to read in order to explore their interest and fulfill their potential.

Every summer, Jim writes a brand new summer reading program.  Some of Jim’s previous summer library programs have included Get a Clue: The Magic of Books; Catch the Reading Bug; and Dream Big: The Magic of Imagination. All the summer library programs include magic, humor, puppetry, lots of audience participation, and are suitable for all ages.

Additionally, Jim offers a hands-on magic workshop to encourage young adults to read. This 45 minute young adult magic workshop will provide YA readers the supplies and instruction to perform a half dozen magic tricks and will expose them to a number of resources in the library to enable them to learn more about this ancient art.  Participants will see a brief magic show, learn how to perform simple magic tricks, and will be shown ways that the library can help them find out more about this fun hobby.

Participants receive all the supplies needed to perform the tricks taught, instruction from one of the nation’s leading teachers of magic, a list of resources that will encourage further exploration of this hobby, and encouragement and inspiration to visit the library to learn more!

In-Classroom Workshops
Students love Jim’s 45-minute “show and tell” hands-on magic workshop. This workshop is designed to help with reading comprehension, sequential learning skills, hand-eye coordination, and creative thinking. By learning how to perform magic, students build self-esteem and social skills.
In-classroom workshops are appropriate for small groups between the ages of 5 – 13. All materials are provided for the workshops.
Faculty/Parent Workshops
In order to expand upon the success of the student assembly, many schools have asked for presentations specifically geared to parents and to faculty. Jim is able to provide both.

Parent Workshop

The parent workshop discusses topics such as:

  • The various types of bullying
  • Possible causes
  • Common misconceptions effects of bullying on victims bullies and bystander
  • Identifying signs of bullying
  • Preventive steps parents can take to take to guard against their child being bullied.

Parents are also treated to an abbreviated version of the assembly that their child has seen. By seeing this assembly, parents are provided an ideal tool to help foster communication at home on the topic.

Faculty Workshop

The faculty workshop discusses topics such as:

  • Results of unchecked bullying
  • The various types of bullying
  • Possible causes
  • Common misconceptions effects of bullying on victims bullies and bystander
  • Identifying signs of bullying
  • Concrete steps to take in fostering an environment that minimizes the likelihood of bullying
  • Preventive steps to implement to foster caring and concerned bystanders

These adult workshops are an excellent way to insure that everyone involved – faculty, administration, parents, and students – are all using the same vocabulary and employing the same tools in dealing with bullying.

Fundraisers – Family Fun Night – Educational Productions
Magic Jim offers a perfect opportunity for your school’s parent organization to raise money with very little effort. Your school can host a “Family Fun Night” – a risk-free, easy way to generate significant funds for the school – with virtually no work on anyone’s part.  One school raised $2,500 in one evening!
Here’s how it works:

  • Magic Jim performs a one hour family magic show suitable for both adults and children.
  • We provide a customized flyer and letter that the school can copy and send home with the students announcing the performance.
  • Your school can charge a small admission fee – most schools have charged $5 per person or a family pass of $20.
So that there is no financial risk on your part, we will waive any performer’s minimum guarantee. Unlike many other fundraising ventures, your school pays no money up front.  We simply split ticket sales 50/50.
We also donate a jumbo 400 page magic book to the school to be raffled off during the event. Magic Jim even personally autographs the book for the winner! The school keeps 100% of the money from this raffle. Isn’t that better than a 50/50 raffle, where you have to share half the proceeds?
Additional income can also be generated by selling refreshments before the show. We can show you ways other schools have had the refreshments donated, so you can keep the entire refreshment sales.
The Family Fun Night Fundraiser is a wonderful way to generate a sense of community among the parents, students and teachers, as well as a risk-free, effort-free way to generate (potentially significant) income for the school.
It’s also a lot of fun!

Jim has been using his skills as an entertainer and speaker for over 30 years. As a former teacher, Jim combines his background in education with his theatre skills to make him the most sought-after school assembly performer in the Northeastern United States.

Jim’s List of Performances

The following is a partial list of the schools and libraries for whom Jim has performed:

Location City
Bethlehem Elementary School Bethlehem
Saint Augustine Cathedral School Bridgeport
South Side Elementary School Bristol
St. Bridget’s School Cheshire
Chester Elementary School Chester
Joel Primary School Clinton
St. Joseph’s School Danbury
Oxridge School Darien
R Dudley Seymour Elementary School East Granby
Samuel Staples Elementary School Easton
Edgar H Parkman Elementary School Enfield
Riverfield Elementary School Fairfield
Kelly Lane Intermediate School Granby
Wells Road Intermediate School Granby
Eagle Hill Greenwich School Greenwich
Greenwich Schools Greenwich
Hamilton Avenue Elementary School Greenwich
Julian Curtiss Elementary School Greenwich
Claude Chester Elementary School Groton
Guilford Lakes Elementary School Guilford
Dunbar Hill Elementary School Hamden
Hartford SDA Area School Hartford
Saint James School Manchester
St. Bridget School Manchester
St. Stanislaus School Meriden
Live Oaks Elementary School Milford
Consolidated Primary School New Fairfield
Hill And Plain Primary School New Milford
Anna Reynolds Elementary School Newington
Elizabeth Green Elementary School Newington
Ruth Chaffee Elementary School Newington
Hawley School Newtown
Middle Gate Elementary School Newtown
Niantic Center Elementary School Niantic
Clintonville School North Haven
Cranbury Elementary School Norwalk
Naramake Elementary School Norwalk
Rowayton Elementary School Norwalk
Saint Patrick Cathedral School Norwich
Polk Elementary School Oakville
Center Elementary School Old Lyme
Mile Creek Elementary School Old Lyme
Oxford Center School Oxford
Shepard Hill Elementary School Plainfield
Barlow Mountain School Ridgefield
International School at Dundee. Riverside
Saint Lawrence Elementary School Shelton
Sunnyside Elementary School Shelton
Somers Elementary School Somers
Bi-Cultural Day School Stamford
Nichols Elementary School Stratford
McCallister Intermediate School Suffield
Main Street Elementary School Terryville
Saint Peter School Torrington
Daniels Farm Elementary School Trumbull
Tashua Elementary School Trumbull
Cook Hill Elementary School Wallingford
Oswegatchie Elementary School Waterford
Quaker Hill Elementary School Waterford
Alma E Pagels Elementary School West Haven
Clarence E Thompson Elementary School West Haven
Edith E MacKrille Magnet School West Haven
Forest Elementary School West Haven
A Ward Spaulding Elementary School West Suffield
Mary P Hinsdale Elementary School Winsted
Ezra Academy Woodbridge
Mitchell Elementary School Woodbury
Peebles School Bourne
Lambert Levoy School Chicopee
Gilmanton School Gilmanton Iron Works
Villa Augustina School Goffstown
Holyoke Community Charter School Holyoke
Saint Mark the Evangelist Hyattsville
Blueberry Hill School Longmeadow
McCauliff Elementary School Lowelll
North Falmouth Elementary School North Falmouth
Conte School Pittsfield
Rindge Memorial School Rindge
Glenwood Elementary School Rutland
South School Stoneham
Memorial School Winchendon
Thomas Richards Elementary School Atco
Dr Martin Luther King Junior School Atlantic City
Martin Luther King School Atlantic City
New Jersey Avenue Elementary School Atlantic City
New York Avenue School Atlantic City
Richmond Avenue Elementary School Atlantic City
Sovereign Avenue School Atlantic City
Texas Avenue School Atlantic City
Uptown Complex Elementary School Atlantic City
Henry Harris School Bayonne
Bell Oaks Middle School Bellmawr
Bedwell School Bernardsville
Cub Scout Pack 150 Bernardsville
Beverly Elementary School Beverly
Chews Elementary School Blackwood
Loring Flemming Elementary School Blackwood
Blairstown Township Elementary School Blairstown
Brookdale Elementary School Bloomfield
John Hill Elementary School Boonton
Saint Mary’s School Bordentown
Lafayette Primary School Bound Brook
Smalley Elementary School Bound Brook
Drum Point Road Elementary School Brick
Emma Havens Young Elementary School Brick
Midstreams Elementary School Brick
Hopewell Crest Elementary School Bridgeton
Aletta Chriton Elementary School Browns Mills
Harker Wylie School Browns Mills
John C Milanesi Elementary School Buena
Fountain Woods Elementary School Burlington
Aaron Decker Elementary School Butler
Saint Anthony Of Padua School Butler
Henry H Davis Elementary School Camden
Middle Township Elementary School 1 Cape May Court House
Ocean Academy Cape May Court House
Bishop McHugh Regional School Cape May Courthouse
Our Lady of the Sea Cape May
Lafayette – Pershing School Carney’s Point
Columbus School Carteret
Saint Joseph Elementary School Carteret
Horace Mann Elementary School Cherry Hill
Joyce Kilmer Elementary School Cherry Hill
Bragg School Chester
Chesterfield Elementary School Chesterfield
Cliffside Park School 3 Cliffside Park
Cliffside Park School 4 Cliffside Park
Cliffside Park School 5 Cliffside Park
Cliffside Park School 6 Cliffside Park
Cliffside Park Schools Cliffside Park
Clifton Elementary School 12 Clifton
Clifton Elementary School 15 Clifton
Clifton Elementary School 2 Clifton
Hillside School Closter
John Hydock Elementary School Columbus
Mansfield Elementary School Columbus
Broomingdale Avenue Elementary School Cranford
Solomon Shechter of Essex & Union Cranford
Indian Fields Elementary School Dayton
Joan Pearson School Delanco
Knowlton Township School Delaware
Lakeview Elementary School Denville
Birchwood Elementary School Dover
Dennis B O’Brien Elementary School Dover
Grant Elementary School Dumont
Lincoln Elementary School Dumont
Lovell J. Honiss School Dumont
Selzer School Dumont
Central Elementary School East Brunswick
Crossroads Country Day School East Brunswick
Irwin Elementary School East Brunswick
Murray Chittick Elementary School East Brunswick
Robert Frost Elementary School East Brunswick
A S Faust Middle School East Rutherford
McKenzie Elementary School East Rutherford
Perry L Drew Elementary School East Windsor
Margaret L Vetter Elementary School Eatontown
Saint Helena Elementary School Edison
H. Russel Swift Elementary School Egg Harbor Township
Cleveland Elementary School Englewood
H B Milnes Elementary School Fair Lawn
Radburn Elementary School Fair Lawn
Westmoreland Elementary School Fair Lawn
Adlai E Stevenson Elementary School Fairfield
Francis A. Desmares School Flemington
School 25 Fords
Franklin Elementary School Franklin
Smithville Elementary School Galloway
Gibbsboro School Gibbsboro
Cold Springs School Gloucester City
W.C.S. George Washington School Hackensack
Hatchery Hill Elementary School Hackettstown
Willow Grove Elementary School Hackettstown
Atlantic Avenue Elementary School Haddon Heights
Haddon Heights Elementary School Haddon Heights
Seventh Avenue School Haddon Heights
J Fithian Tatem Elementary School Haddonfield
Haledon Public School Haledon
Hamburg Elementary School Hamburg
Saint Gregory The Great School Hamilton Square
Alexander Elementary School Hamilton
Greenwood School Hamilton
Kisthardt Elementary School Hamilton
McGalliard Elementary School Hamilton
Union Township Elementary School Hampton
Haskell Elementary School Haskell
Haworth Elementary School Haworth
Hawthorne Public Schools Hawthorne
Jefferson School Hawthorne
Saint Anthony School Hawthorne
Upper Greenwood Lake Elementary School Hewitt
The Center School Highland Park
Amsterdam Elementary School Hillsborough
Sunnymead Elementary School Hillsborough
Ann Blanche Smith Elementary School Hillsdale
Calabro School Hoboken
Thomas G. Connors Primary School Hoboken
Hope Township School Hope
Hopewell Elementary School Hopewell
Aldrich Elementary School Howell
Christie’s Restaurant Howell
Greenville School Howell
Land O Pines Elementary School Howell
Mount Vernon Avenue Elementary School Irvington
Rosenauer School Jackson
John F Kennedy Elementary School Jamesburg
Alfred E. Zampella School/ School 27 Jersey City
C P Defuccio Elementary School (School #39) Jersey City
Christa McAuliffe School #28 Jersey City
Liberty Academy Charter School Jersey City
Our Lady of Mercy Jersey City
PS 24 Jersey City
Saint Aedan School Jersey City
Saint Aloysius Elementary School Jersey City
Saint Patrick School Jersey City
Schomburg Charter School Jersey City
Soaring Heights Charter School Jersey City
Joseph Caruso Elementary School Keansburg
Port Monmouth Road School Keansburg
Constable Elementary School Kendall Park
Saint Augustine School Kendall Park
Kiel Primary School Kinnelon
Lambertville Elementary School Lambertville
William B. Donini School Landesville
Laurel Springs Elementary School Laurel Springs
Lavallette Elementary School Lavallette
Saw Mill Elementary School Lebanon
Saint John The Evangelist School Leonia
Elementary School 1 Linden
Elementary School 5 Linden
Elementary School 6 Linden
School 4 Linden
Lindenwold Elementary School 5 Lindenwold
Little Falls School 2 Little Falls
School #3 Little Falls
Memorial Middle School Little Ferry
Holy Trinity School Long Branch
Roosevelt Elementary School Lyndhurst
Washington School Lyndhurst
Ivy League Day Camp Manalapan
Pine Brook School Manalapan
Saint Denis School Manasquan
Manchester Township Elementary School Manchester
Ridgeway Elementary School Manchester
Our Lady Of Perpetual Help School Maple Shade
Seth Boyden Elementary School Maplewood
Demasi Elementary School Marlton
Atlantic County Special School District Mays Landing
Campbell Elementary School Metuchen
Mildred Moss Elementary School Metuchen
Saint Francis Cathedral School Metuchen
Hazelwood Elementary School Middlesex
Middletown Swim and Tennis Club Middletown
Milford Public School Milford
Monmouth Junction Elementary School Monmouth Junction
Barclay Brook Elementary School Monroe Township
Mill Lake Elementary School Monroe Township
Shalom Torah Academy Monroe Township
Woodland School Monroe Township
Nishuane Primary School Montclair
Rand Family Family School Montclair
A & P Montvale
Robertsville Elementary School Morganville
Alfred Vail School Morris Plains
My Special Spot Morris Plains
Assumption Of The BVM School Morristown
Sussex Avenue School Morristown
Mount Arlington Elementary School Mount Arlington
Fleetwood Elementary School Mount Laurel
Mount Tabor Elementary Mount Tabor
Deerfield Elementary School Mountainside
Woodrow Wilson School Neptune City
Green Grove Elementary School Neptune
Shark River Hills Elementary School Neptune
Berkley Street Primary School New Milford
David E. Owens Middle School New Milford
Gibbs School New Milford
Our Lady Of Peace School New Providence
Blessed Sacrament School Newark
Saint Rose Of Lima School Newark
Roosevelt Elementary School North Arlington
Franklin Elementary School #3 North Bergen
North Bergen District North Bergen
Livingston Park Elementary School North Brunswick
Saint Joseph School North Plainfield
Norwood Public School Norwood
Cozy Lake Elementary School Oak Ridge
Milton School Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge Schools Oak Ridge
Paradise Knoll Elementary School Oak Ridge
White Rock Elementary School Oak Ridge
Oaklyn Public School Oaklyn
James McDivitt Elementary School Old Bridge
M Scott Carpenter Elementary School Old Bridge
Oxford Central School Oxford
Notre Dame Interparochial School Palisades Park
Our Lady of Visitation Academy Paramus
Ridge Ranch Elementary School Paramus
East Brook Elementary School Park Ridge
West Ridge Elementary School Park Ridge
High Road School Parlin
New Road School Parlin
Lake Parsippany Elementary School Parsippany
Saint Anthony School Paterson
Saint Mary School Paterson
School 9 Charles J Riley Paterson
Renaissance One School Patterson
Saint Mary’s School Patterson
School #26 Patterson
School 17 Patterson
Toll Gate School Pennington
Central Elementary School Pennsauken
Longfellow Elementary School Pennsauken
Martin Luther Christian School Pennsauken
Valley Park Elementary School Pennsville
James J Flynn Elementary School Perth Amboy
R. N. Wilentz School Perth Amboy
Samuel Shull Middle School Perth Amboy
School #10 Perth Amboy
Andover Morris Elementary School Phillipsburg
Barber Elementary School Phillipsburg
Freeman Elementary School Phillipsburg
Green Street Elementary School Phillipsburg
Pohatcong Township Elementary School Phillipsburg
Woodmont Elementary School Pine Brook
Dr Bean Elementary School Pine Hill
John Glenn Elementary School Pine Hill
Randolphville Elementary School Piscataway
Regional Day School Piscataway Piscataway
Kindle Elementary School Pitman
Charles H Stillman Elementary School Plainfield
Millstone River School Plainsboro
PleasanTech Academy Charter School Pleasantville
PleasanTech Academy II Pleasantville
Saint Peter School Point Pleasant Beach
Nellie Bennett Elementary School Point Pleasant
The Windsor Learning Center Pompton Lakes
Port Monmouth Elementary School District Port Monmouth
Haleyville Mauricetown Elementary School Port Norris
Village Elementary School Princeton Junction
Community Park Elementary School Princeton
Lake View Child Care Center Princeton
Littlebrook Elementary School Princeton
Riverside Elementary School Princeton
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Princeton
Madison Elementary School Rahway
Rahway School System Rahway
Saint Paul School Ramsey
Ridgefield Park Board of Education Ridgefield Park
East Amwell Township School Ringoes
Cherry Hill Elementary School River Edge
Roosevelt Elementary School River Edge
Saint Peter Academy River Edge
Yeshiva of North Jersey River Edge
Riverdale Elementary School Riverdale
Riverton Elementary School Riverton
Sharon Elementary School Robbinsville
Midland Elementary School Rochelle Park
Katherine D Malone Elementary School Rockaway
Saint Cecilia School Rockaway
Stony Brook Elementary School Rockaway
Roosevelt Public School Roosevelt
Sherman Elementary School Roselle Park
Holy Cross School Rumson
Wandell Elementary School Saddle River
Wilson Elementary School Sayreville
Elementary School # 1 Scotch Plains
Evergreen Elementary School Scotch Plains
Howard B Brunner Elementary School Scotch Plains
William J McGinn Elementary School Scotch Plains
Clarendon Elementary School Secaucus
Huber Street School Secaucus
Indian Mills Elementary School Shamong
Winslow Township Elementary School 4 Sicklerville
Dawes Avenue Elementary School Somers Point
Jordan Road School Somers Point
Hillcrest Elementary School Somerset
Rutgers Preparatory School Somerset
St. Matthias School Somerset
Immaculate Conception School Somerville
Sacred Heart School South Amboy
Corpus Christi School South River
South River Middle School South River
Appleby School Spotswood
G Austin Schoenly Primary School Spotswood
Memorial Middle School Spotswood
Spotswood School Spotswood
James Caldwell Elementary School Springfield
Temple Beth Ahm Springfield
Saint Vincent De Paul School Stirling
Saint Luke Catholic School Stratford
Saint Therese School Succasunna
Sussex Christian School Sussex
Swimming River Elementary School Tinton Falls
Bear Tavern Elementary School Titusville
F R Sayen Elementary School Trenton
Grant School Trenton
Morgan Elementary School Trenton
Village Charter School Trenton
Holy Rosary Elementary Academy Union City
Sacred Heart School Union City
Franklin Elementary School Union Township
Connecticut Farms Elementary School Union
Holy Spirit School Union
Reynolds School Upper Saddle River
Cedar Mountain School Vernon
Rolling Hills Primary School Vernon
Our Lady Of The Lake School Verona
Saint Marys School Vineland
Solve E D’ippolito Intermediate School Vineland
Osage School Voorhees
Crescent Elementary School Waldwick
Rugby School Wall
Frank W Gavlak Elementary School Wallington
Central District SCC Warren
Jessie F George Elementary School Washington Township
Washington Towhship Summer Recreation Washington Township
Bayberry Elementary School Watchung
A. P. Terhune School Wayne
James Fallon Elementary School Wayne
Randall Carter Elementary School Wayne
Oak Valley Elementary School Wenonah
Pine Acres Elementary School Wenonah
Maple Road Elementary School West Milford
Elementary School 2 West New York
Hazel Elementary School West Orange
Our Lady Of Lourdes School West Orange
Pleasantdale Elementary School West Orange
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School Westfield
McKinley Elementary School Westfield
Saint Paul’s Day School Westfield
Tanaques Elementary School Westfield
Brookside Elementary School Westwood
Saint Marys School Wharton
Our Lady of Mercy Whippany
Whiting Elementary School Whiting
Whitehall Elementary School Williamstown
Catherine E. Doyle School Wood-Ridge
Eastern Christian Middle School Wyckoff
Sicomac Elementary School Wyckoff
Roesselville Elementary School Albany
Veeder Elementary Albany
Sacred Heart Elementary School Bayside
Bedford Hills Elementary School Bedford Hills
La Salle Elementary School Beth Page
Blue Point Elementary School Blue Point
Garden Street Elementary School Brewster
John F Kennedy Elementary School Brewster
The Melrose School Brewster
P.S. 175 Bronx
Saint Josephs School Bronxville
Al-Madinah School Brooklyn
Christa McAuliffe Intermediate School Brooklyn
Good Shepard School Brooklyn
I.S. 291 Brooklyn
M.S. 577 Brooklyn
P.S. 108 (Arlington) Brooklyn
P.S. 132 Brooklyn
P.S. 149 Brooklyn
P.S. 159 (Cypress Hills) Brooklyn
P.S. 159 Brooklyn
P.S. 253 Brooklyn
P.S. 28 Brooklyn
Cambridge Central School Cambridge
Kent School Carmel
Jericho Elementary School Centereach
Pakanasink Elementary School Circleville
Coram Elementary School Coram
Willow Avenue Elementary School Cornwall
Furnace Woods Elementary School Cortlandt Manor
Lincoln Titus Elementary School Crompond
Carrie E Tompkins Elementary School Croton on Hudson
Our Lady of Mercy Elementary School Cutchogue
James H Vernon School East Norwich
East Quogue Elementary School East Quogue
Nassakeag Elementary School East Setauket
William E Cottle Elementary School Eastchester
Ellenville Elementary School Ellenville
51st Avenue Academy Elmhurst
Alice E Grady Elementary School Elmsford
Carl L Dixson Primary School Elmsford
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Elmsford
Northside Elementary School Septa Farmingdale
Solomon Schechter School Flushing
North Garnerville Elementary School Garnerville
Gribbin Elementary School Glen Cove
P.S./I.S. 266 Glen Oaks
Increase Miller School Goldens Bridge
Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School Goshen
Bretton Woods Elementary School Hauppauge
Fork Lane Elementary School Hicksville
Woodland Elementary School Hicksville
Chippewa Elementary School Holtsville
Saint Denis Saint Columba School Hopewell Junction
Ralph R Smith Elementary School Hyde Park
Dows Lane Elementary School Irvington
Connetquot Elementary School Islip Terrace
Ruth C Kinney Elementary School Islip Terrace
Maud S Sherwood Elementary School Islip
P.S. 95 Jamaica
Katonah Elementary School Katonah
Parkview Elementary School Kings Park
George Washington Elementary School Kingston
Eugene Auer Memorial Elementary School Lake Grove
French American School of New York Larchmont
Forts Ferry School Latham
Saint Ambrose School Latham
Brandeis School Lawrence
Summit Lane Elementary School Levittown
E W Bower Elementary School Lindenhurst
Harding Avenue Elementary School Lindenhurst
Hebrew Academy Of Long Beach Long Beach
P.S. 199 Long Island City
Our Lady Of Peace School Lynbrook
West End Elementary School Lynbrook
Lakeview School Mahopac
Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School Mamaroneck
McKenna Elementary School Massapequa Park
Unqua Elementary School Massapequa
Harold D Fayette Elementary School Merrick
Braeside Camp Middletown
Harmony Christian School Middletown
Laddie Decker Sound Beach Elementary School Miller Place
Mount Sinai Elementary School Mount Sinai
Link Elementary School New City
Little Tor Elementary School New City
Lenape Elementary School New Paltz
Century School New York
East Plain Elementary School North Massapequa
Old Mill Road Elementary School North Merrick
Saint Augustine School Ossining
East Wood School Oyster Bay
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Oyster Bay
Woodside Elementary School Peekskill
Seymour Smith Elementary School Pine Plains
Parkway Elementary School Plainview
Pasadena Elementary School Plainview
Stratford Road Elementary School Plainview
D’Aquanni West Road Intermediate School Pleasant Valley
Boyle Road Elementary School Port Jefferson Station
Clinton Avenue Elementary School Port Jefferson Station
Norwood Avenue Elementary School Port Jefferson Station
Edna Louise Speer School Port Jefferson
Morse Young Child Magnet School Poughkeepsie
Oak Grove Elementary School Poughkeepsie
Vassar Road Elementary School Poughkeepsie
Putnam Valley Elementary School Putnam Valley
P.S. 18 Queens Village
Mill Road Elementary School Red Hook
Ridge Elementary School Ridge
Cherokee Elementary School Ronkonkoma
Buckley Country Day School Roslyn
Geyser Road Elementary Saratoga Springs
WSWHE BOCES Saratoga Springs
Cahill Elementary School Saugerties
Mount Marion Elementary School Saugerties
Greenacres Elementary School Scarsdale
Glen-Worden Elementary School Scotia
East Broadway Elementary School Seaford
Seaford Harbor Elementary School Seaford
Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School Shirley
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School Shrub Oak
Minisink Valley Elementary School Slate Hill
Dogwood Elementary School Smithtown
Forrest Brook School Smithtown
Mount Pleasant Elementary School Smithtown
Pines Elementary School Smithtown
Smithtown Christian School Smithtown
Somers Intermediate School Somers
Meadow Pond Elementary School South Salem
Hempstead Elementary School Spring Valley
M L Colton Intermediate School Spring Valley
Notre Dame Elementary Academy Staten Island
Saint John Villa Academy Staten Island
Saint John’s Lutheran School Staten Island
St. Joseph Hill Academy Staten Island
Marbletown Elementary School Stone Ridge
R P Connor Elementary School Suffern
Viola Elementary School Suffern
Walnut Street School Uniondale
Valley Cottage Elementary School Valley Cottage
Forest Road Elementary School Valley Stream
R W Carbonaro School Valley Stream
Fishkill Plains Elementary School Wappingers Falls
Myers Corners Road Elementary School Wappingers Falls
Belmont Elementary School West Babylon
Hebrew Academy Of Nassau County West Hempstead
Oquenock Elementary School West Islip
West Nyack Elementary School West Nyack
Westhampton Beach Elementary School Westhampton Beach
Woodstock Elementary School Woodstock
Saint Eugene School Yonkers
School 25 Yonkers
The Family School Yonkers
Cronpond School Yorktown Heights
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Yorktown Heights
Twin Spring Farm Day School Ambler
Bedminster Elementary School Bedminster
Belmont Hills Elementary School Bensalem
Samuel K Faust Elementary School Bensalem
Holy Infancy School Bethlehem
Linden Elementary School Doylestown
Saint Frances Cabrini School Fairless Hills
Saint Joseph The Worker School Fallsington
Pennypack Elementary School Hatboro
Knapp Elementary School Lansdale
James Buchanan Elementary School Levittown
Saint Michael Archangel School Levittown
Merion Elementary School Merion
Holy Family School Nazareth
St. John the Baptist Ottsville
Chestnut Hill Academy Philadelphia
Holy Family School Philadelphia
Saint Bridget School Philadelphia
Saint Donato School Philadelphia
Saint Laurentius School Philadelphia
Saint Martha School Philadelphia
The Wyndcroft School Pottstown
J M Grasse Elementary School Sellersville
Sellersville Elementary School Sellersville
West Rockhill Elementary School Sellersville
Christopher Columbus Charter School South Philadelphia
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Integrating Anti-Bully Lessons into Your Curriculum

In the last several issues, we talked about how to identify potential targets of bullying, and steps to take to minimize the likelihood of bullying both in the classroom and the school at large. In this issue, I’d like to share some examples of how teachers have been able to incorporate concepts related to bullying while they are teaching seemingly unrelated lessons. Of course teachers need to be mindful of age appropriateness when integrating bullying lessons (and lessons about respecting differences in the classroom, school, society, etc.) into other areas of the academic

For younger students, teachers have incorporated these lessons into their Language Arts curriculum by including words such as respect, tolerance, diversity, responsibility, etc. on spelling lists. When going over the definitions of these words, there is a natural opportunity to segue into a classroom discussion about their meanings in daily school conduct, and their applications to behavior towards each other. For example a teacher could ask “What are some examples of a way you can act with ‘tolerance’ towards each other?’” or “How can you show ‘respect’ for another person in our class?”

Another way to incorporate the themes surrounding bullying into the Language Arts curriculum would be to assign the class a book that (either in whole or in part) deals with the topic. There are, of course, myriad age appropriate stories that deal with one person or group ostracizing, belittling or targeting another person or group. The classroom discussion would provide the opportunity to bring up topics such as: how did the victim or victims feel?; how did the victim respond to the actions of others?; what could others have done to help in the situation? These discussions could serve to spark ideas for future responses by potential victims as well as encourage bystanders to take action.

I have heard of teachers incorporating the issue of bullying into math classes. When teaching percentages, one teacher posed the question “There are 20 students in the class: one is the bully,
one is the target, and the rest are bystanders. What is the percentage of bystanders in the group?” With those numbers and percentages established, the teacher then steered the discussion to show that only 5 percent of the group is a bully vs. 90 percent of the group which is composed of bystanders. With this information, the concept of caring bystanders can be introduced and reinforced to show the power of standing up as a group against bullying behavior.

Social Studies curriculum provides ample opportunities to discuss conflicts in history where one group was targeted, harmed or mistreated by another and what the effects were (e.g. Nazi
Germany, etc.). Indeed the poem by Martin Niemoller (“…and then they came for me…”) is a perfect way to discuss one’s obligations to deal with bullying behavior, even if the person is not being bullied themselves.

These are just a few examples of how teachers have been able to creatively incorporate concepts surrounding the issue of bullying into their curriculum. The hope is that by sharing these examples
with your colleagues, it will encourage them to think ‘outside the box’; surely there are hundreds of other ways that imaginative educators can bring these topics into the classroom in an age appropriate manner.

Next issue we will talk about other steps a teacher can take their within the classroom to foster a bully-proof school. So until next issue, remember you can help create a Bully-Free School.

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