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Reporting Student Bullying and Harassment: An Action Plan for Parents

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Vancouver School Board - Room 180

1580 West Broadway

Vancouver, BC V6J 5K9

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Concerned about how to take action and what to expect if you report your child/teen is a target, bystander or a perpetrator of bullying or h

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Facilitator: Paula Temrick, DPAC Executive Member

Speakers’ Panel: Mozhdah and Nasrin Jamalzadah, VSB District + School Staff

Concerned about how to take action and what to expect if you report your child/teen is a target, bystander or a perpetrator of bullying or harassment at school?

Are you:

  • Doubting Your Concern – ‘Maybe it’s not serious enough to report’;
  • Hesitant - ‘What if I’m not taken seriously’;
  • Anxious - ‘If the perpetrator(s) find out, my child will get bullied even more;
  • Afraid -‘I think my child/teen is a perpetrator but I don’t dare tell the school.’
  • Nervous -‘If I say anything my teen will be furious and never tell me anything again’;
  • Worried - ‘But If I do nothing my child may be seriously traumatized.’;
  • Discouraged - ‘Why bother? Last time I reported no one at school even thought to follow up with me.’

This program will address these concerns in a panel presentation and discussion with participants. Information and strategies shared will help build parents’ confidence, knowledge and ability to:

  • Be a Supportive Parent – how to connect - listen, talk and problem-solve with your child/teen
  • Understand and Assess what is happening and when you need to speak-up or seek out an advocate
  • Document – what is most important to write up and bring to your school’s attention
  • Meet With School Staff – who to talk to, how to approach, what to say, questions to ask, follow-up
  • Find Out About Intervention - how school staff plan to investigate, intervention options, supports for students, consequences for perpetrators, what staff can and cannot disclose
  • Assess Next Steps should you be dissatisfied with your school’s intervention or support for your child

Our evening will end with a healing circle of song, hope and inspiration.

Panelists:

Mozhdah Jamalzadah – named by Amazon as the ‘most powerful female voice of her generation in Afghanistan’. Mozhdah, singer/songwriter, broadcaster and fierce women’s rights activist, began her life in Vancouver as an Afghanistan refugee in the 90’s. Throughout school she was a victim of ongoing bullying and harassment. Mozhdah will speak to what happened, how she was impacted, survived and how she triumphed in her twenties, to become the host of her own talk show In Afghanistan. For the first time in her country’s history Mozhdah debated taboo subjects like divorce, domestic violence and child marriage. The ‘Mozhdah Show’ earned her the nickname ‘The Oprah of Afghanistan’. She has since guested on the Oprah Winfrey Show and was invited by the Obamas to sing her #1 hit at the White House, a protest song written by her father. Mozhdah’s biography ‘The Voice of Rebellion’ by Roberta Staley was released in 2019 charting this incredible life journey.

Nasrin Jamalzadah – Mozhdah’s mother will speak to the steps she took to protect her daughter’s emotional and physical safety while as a refugee family Mozhdah first attended elementary school in Oshawa and then in Vancouver beginning in Grade 4 at Sexsmith elementary and later John Oliver and Magee secondary schools.

Trish Mugford - a VSB District Mentoring Support Teacher and facilitator for BCTF Parent programs including the Anti-Bullying and Social Justice workshops. Trish was born and mostly grew up in Vancouver where she attended public schools. Today she is a parent of three children - two in secondary and one at university. A passionate advocate for public education, Trish was a teacher at Magee for 26 years, served as 2nd Vice President of the VSTA and is currently is on the BCTF Committee for Action on Social Justice as a Status of Women Representative.

Allison Ogden - a Director of Instruction with the Vancouver School Board. She is an elementary trained teacher, spent the early days of her career teaching Math and Science at an alternative high school in Maple Ridge and Special Education programs at the secondary level at David Thompson and Eric Hamber. Additionally, she spent eight years as a Resource Teacher at Eric Hamber and Killarney Secondary schools. Her administrative career includes time as a Vice Principal at David Thompson and Windermere Secondary schools and most recently as Principal of Sir Charles Tupper Secondary. She has two children in the Vancouver school system in grades 4 and 6.

Program Facilitator:

Paula Temrick – DPAC Executive Member, former Magee PAC Chair and parent of 2 internationally adopted children – one in elementary Montessori and the other a 2019 Magee SPARTS graduate. Paula’s education and career spans broadcast communications, expressive art therapy, workplace training, group facilitation and mediation. In the 90’s Paula trained with and taught as a conflict resolution specialist for the Justice Institute of BC. She also worked extensively with educators, students and parents in Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Intervention throughout BC, Toronto and Washington school districts. Paula’s career and her passion for social justice has evolved into community and work group facilitation alongside the delivery of workplace training in Collaborative Communication, Partnership and Conflict Management. Most recently her clients include City of Vancouver, Elections BC and Canada and extensively the non-profit and affordable housing sector.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own water bottle or non-alcoholic beverage.

All parents of students enrolled in the Vancouver school district are welcome to attend. Please register at least 48 hours ahead of time if you require childcare for this meeting.

Parking for attending DPAC meetings is complementary, provided you park in one of the designated VSB visitor parking spots in the parkade which are located on the lowest level. The parkade is located off the southeast intersection of Fir Street at West Broadway. You must register your name and vehicle license plate number in the parking registry located on the Ground Floor of the Education Centre building around the corner from the reception desk towards the Board Room. The registry is used for parking validation purposes only.

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