News - February 2006

“No Name-Calling Week” Seeks to End Name-Calling and Bullying in Schools

Rochester, NY – Jan. 20, 2006 – The Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley (GAGV) and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN, in conjunction with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and over forty other partners, held its second annual “No Name-Calling Week” January 23 - 27, 2006. Schools serving grades five through eight across the nation were asked to take part in a week of education activities aimed at stopping name-calling and verbal bullying of all kinds.

“It is with great excitement that the GAGV supports ‘No Name Calling Week’,” said Executive Director Kris Hinesley. “At a time when the national spotlight has been cast upon the problem of bullying in our nation’s schools, we are thrilled to be working with such a prestigious coalition of partners on this project. Recent statistics show that name-calling and bullying remain troubling in schools, especially for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth.”

This year, Cisco Systems has stepped up to be a lead sponsor of No Name-Calling Week 2006.

“No Name-Calling Week” seeks to focus national attention on the problem of name-calling in schools and to provide students and educators with the tools and inspiration to continue an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities. A resource guide with lesson plans, a video for classroom use and other promotional materials will be available for educators to assist in facilitating the week’s activities. Although the project is targeted at grades five through eight – years when the problem of name-calling is particularly acute – the concept can be easily adapted by students and educators at other grade levels.

The “No Name-Calling Week” project was inspired by The Misfits, a novel written by popular author James Howe and published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. The novel tells the story of a group of seventh grade friends that, after repeated taunting based on weight, height, intelligence and sexual orientation/gender expression, decide to run for student council on a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds. Although they lose the election, the message wins out and the principal backs their call for a “No Name-Calling Day” at school.

About “No Name-Calling Week”
“No Name-Calling Week,” is a joint project initiated by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in collaboration with over forty other organizations that is aimed at stopping name-calling and verbal bullying of all kinds in our nation’s schools. For more information, visit

Advocates for Youth
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Counseling Association
American School Counselor Association
American School Health Association
Amnesty International
Anti-Defamation League
Asian Pacific Islanders for Human Rights
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Children’s Defense Fund
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders
Council of Chief State School Officers
Educators for Social Responsibility
Facing History and Ourselves
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
Girls Incorporated
Girl Scouts of the USA
Human Relations Media
Human Rights Watch
Mix It Up
National Association for Gifted Children
National Association for Multicultural Education
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of School Nurses
National Association of School Psychologists
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Association of Social Workers
National Conference for Community and Justice
National Education Association
National Mental Health Association
National Middle School Association
National Urban League
New Moon Publishing
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
School Social Work Association of America
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Simon Wiesenthal Center—Museum of Tolerance
Skipping Stones, Inc.
Women’s Educational Media
Women's Sports Foundation


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