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Bullying and Discrimination

  • Bullying - A legacy resource from NICHCY

    Bullying is a serious problem with horrible consequences if left unchecked. The good news is that you can do lots to stop it. We hope that the resources listed in our website will be useful to you in that effort.
  • Bullying and Substance Abuse

    There’s a strong link between bullying and substance abuse. Bullied victims are much more likely to abuse different types of substances than those who haven’t been bullied. Bullying can take place anywhere. It can also happen to anyone.  This website provides information and resources available to families.
  • Bullying Awareness & Prevention: Understanding the Bullying Trend and Discovering New Ways to Combat It

    Bullying is not just a buzzword co-opted by the media to drive ratings from frightened school children and their worried parents. Bullying is a serious problem that has far-reaching implications for the person being bullied—and for the bully as well. In this guide, readers will find information on what bullying is, how it impacts people, and where victims can get help. In addition, there is information on the mental health industry’s response to bullying and why psychologists are uniquely equipped to handle this issue. 

    The team at Learn Psychology has created a new resource for Bullying Awareness & Prevention. 

    Highlights of this guide include:

    • Helpful strategies to help those dealing with a bully, as well as resources that school administrators can utilize
    • Expert advice from Dr. Marlene Seltzer, director No Bullying Live Empowered (NoBLE) Center
    • Spotlight on the growing problem of cyberbullying on social media

    We can't stop bullying from happening, but we can spread awareness and share resources for those dealing with a bully.
  • Bullying Awareness Guidebook: Students Staying Safe In School

    Cyber and physical bullying are growing and undeniable problems, and like so many misunderstood issues, education and awareness are the best prevention tools we have. This guidebook's purpose is to do just that: educate students of all ages and their families about what bullying is, why it happens, and what they can do to prevent it. Key elements of the guide include: 

    • An in-depth look at specific types of bullying, including cyberbullying, sexual bullying, physical bullying and more

    • An extensive Q&A with two leading experts in psychology and psychiatry

    • Bullying prevention techniques for students, parents, teachers and administrators 

    Two experts in the field were essential in our crafting of this guide. Dr. Ben Michaelis is a clinical psychologist and regular guest/contributor on Huffington Post, Fox News, and the Today Show. Dr. Steven C. Schlozman is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and also serves as the Associate Director of the Clay Center for Young Health Minds. Their combined expertise was an invaluable asset, allowing us to get a uniquely in-depth look at the truth of bullying.
  • Cyber Bullying: The Complete Resource Guide

    Helping the Bullied, Stopping the Bullies.  A complete resource guide on Cyber Bullying.
  • What is Cyberbullying?

    Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

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Disability Specific Information

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Early Childhood

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Every Student Succeeds Act & Resources

  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (P.L. 114-95)

    On December 10, 2015, the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), most recently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Watch the signing ceremony. Get the Every Student Succeeds Act online or in PDF (392 pages).

    Under ESSA, waivers granted to states through ESEA flexibility became null and void on August 1, 2016.
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - Tennessee

    Impact of the ESSA on Tennessee

    In Tennessee, we have laid a firm foundation for our students’ future by raising standards to a more rigorous level that will prepare them for college and careers; establishing fully aligned assessments to ensure all of our students are developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills; and by using evaluation and accountability systems based on multiple factors.

    ESSA builds on this work by reaffirming the importance of standards, assessment, and accountability and through empowering states to make decisions for our kids. ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind and will go into effect in August 2016. Tennessee will remain on its previously approved waiver until then, and all states are required to fully transition to ESSA by the 2017-18 school year.

    Much of the work we have outlined in our recent waiver – which was developed with extensive stakeholder engagement – and in our strategic plan is in sync with the new law and will allow for a seamless transition. The department gathered feedback from Tennessee’s educators, key advocates, parents, students, and the public on specific policies. The feedback will inform a Tennessee-specific ESSA plan that will guide the department’s work over the coming years and help the department capitalize on the new law’s empowerment of local leadership.
  • Quick Guide to Parent Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education

    This Quick Guide to Parent Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education is an overview of some of the provisions of special education. It is designed to assist families in understanding their rights and responsibilities in the special education process. Parents of children who receive or may be eligible for special education services have rights under both the TN Rule 0520-01-09 and The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2014). An important part of these laws provides parents with the right to participate in their children’s education. 

    A collaborative project of the TN Department of Education and STEP, Inc. (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents).
  • Section 504 Guide & Model Policies and Procedures

    A comprehensive guide and model policies and procedures for Tennessee’s Local Education Agencies on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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IEP Helps

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Informacion En Español

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Learning Disabilities

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National Resources and Technical Assistance

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Section 504 Resources

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Support Groups

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Tennessee Resources

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TN Disability Organizations

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