The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), this week kicked off its annual No Name-Calling Week with students in thousands of schools gearing up to participate in the national event aimed at ending school-based name-calling and bullying of all kinds. No Name-Calling Week was founded in 2004 by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing with more than 50 participating organizations supporting the week-long event.
GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week was inspired by the young adult novel “The Misfits” by James Howe, a story about four students who have each experienced name-calling and decide to run for student council on the platform of creating a “No Name Day” at school.
No Name-Calling Week is designed for use at all grade levels with schools organizing a diverse array of lesson plans, activities and other school resources for use throughout the week. In previous year evaluations, educators said they found No Name-Calling Week resources useful and that the program contributed to making their school safer.