The Core Curriculum report focused on the results of delivering 3 lessons for Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship evidence based district curriculum. The effectiveness of the lessons delivered to students co-facilitated model with the Social studies teachers is evident in the data obtained. For the 6th grade lesson "Crossing the Line" delivered to 385 students according to the pretest only 38 percent of 6th grade students were able to distinguish between teasing and bullying as compared to 90 percent post-test. In naming three kinds of bullying, there was a greater understanding from 61 percent pretest to 100 percent post-test. For the 7th grade "Be Upstanding" lessons imparted to 390 students, the perception data was determined using a 4 point Likert scale. Students reported an increase of knowledge in defining a passive bystander vs. a brave upstander from 2.7 pretest to 4 posttest. In naming 3 ways to be upstanding the data also demonstrated growth in knowledge from 1.7 pretest to 3.8 posttest. The greatest growth was seen in skill question generating multiple solutions to helping others from 1.0 pretest to 4.0 posttest. For the 8th grade group, the lessons on "Online Relationships" shared with 371 students, the perception data shows a positive trend of increased understanding of online relationship responsibilities from 18 percent pretest to 87 percent posttest. The question of naming three ways to use digital media responsibly showed an increase of knowledge from 11 percent to 83 percent. Improving students' attitude towards avoiding risky forms of communication showed a positive trend of 39 percent pretest to 92 percent posttest. The projected outcome for these three lessons was to reduce the number of students receiving disciplinary referrals resulting in 2 or more suspensions. After the lessons, the data showed more conflict/bullying incidents were reported for counselor intervention. While discouraging, this was attributed to students' knowledge of who to go to advocate role in making the school a safer place or live to the guiding behavior of making ethical decision making and social responsibility (B-SS 5)
The results obtained by teaching these developmentally precise lessons set a path for future counseling activities. Teaching differences between conflict and bullying to 6th grade students entering middle school was best showcased by John's story. Maria brought her friend John, a sensitive 6th grader, who reported that "he was tired" of everyone making fun of his last name since elementary and after this lesson he wanted "peace". The counseling team created class posters showing the differences between BULLYING and CONFLICT and what to do about it. Unlike the 6th grade students who brought a friend to the counselor to report a problem, after the upstanding lesson 7th grade students approached counselors directly when witnessing a bullying situation while asking for privacy in reporting. A vivid case was the two girls who awaited Ms. Ortega at the parking gate to make sure their friend was "ok" since he had posted comments of hurting himself due to cyberbullying. The positive results of the 7th grade lesson guided the counselors to teach the Upstanding lesson to all students and include it in the Bullying prevention program on October 2017. As for the 8th grade lesson on relationships, the behavioral outcomes were hard to measure since few students were ready to admit engaging in risky online relationships. The counseling team decided to shift the focus on the importance of one's profile online as linked to college/career readiness .
Delivering lessons in collaboration with Social Studies teachers had an unprecedented benefit of establishing alliances between teachers and students when reporting and preventing bullying/cyberbullying. The content of lessons was developmentally appropriated yet as counseling team we modified the upcoming year 8th grade curriculum to explore "Who am I online" in line with Magnet Schools applications. The fall timing for the Bullying prevention lessons was respected because data indicates that October reports the first instances of bullying incidents and springtime class presentations are limited due to testing.
The counseling team will continue to deliver classroom lessons per grade level on Crossing the Line and Who Am I Online. The Be Upstanding lesson will be part of our October Responsibility Homeroom presentations and schoolwide assemblies. In addition, the counseling team added a Bullying prevention section in all students' agendas this year. Learning to balance life (M 1) in a safe environment in collaboration with all stakeholders is more than a program vision at Curry. It is a right!