ERIC Number: ED423322
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Bridges: A School Inter-Ethnic Relations Program.
Orange County Human Relations Commission, Santa Ana, CA.
The Orange County (California) Human Relations Council exists to improve intergroup relations by enabling a representative group of school community members to work collaboratively toward creating and sustaining a safe, inclusive school climate that is respectful of society's diversity. The Council concentrates on training and encouraging students, parents, and teachers to use positive peer support to promote intergroup understanding. At the elementary school level, the Council's approach focuses on parent and teacher participation in planning and on parent and teacher education. In the middle schools, the Council works with parents, teachers, and school administrators. At the high school level, a student-centered program is presented, focusing on positive peer pressure, and continuing work with parents and teachers. Overall components include leadership team consultations, a task force for needs assessment, student inter-ethnic retreats, staff inservice programs, and schoolwide projects. Supportive projects in the schools include: (1) "Walk in My Shoes," student symposiums; (2) "Stop in Your Tracks," a video series presenting alternatives to violence; (3) the Building Bridges award for efforts at promoting safe schools that are respectful of diversity; (4) a Hate Crime Network for shared information and resources; (5) the Summer Youth Leadership Institute for students; (6) the School Inter-Ethnic Relations Round Table for student and teacher networking; and (7) a Parent Leadership Institute. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Orange County Human Relations Commission, Santa Ana, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California