Other STUDENT ASSEMBLY Topics
Overview of Student Assembly ProgramsAim Higher Diversity Assemblies Gr. 6-12
Bullying Prevention Assemblies PreK-8 • Gender & Sexual Orientation Diversity
Cyber Bullying Gr. 4-12

OVERVIEW: STUDENT ASSEMBLIES
Grades K-12

Student assemblies are designed to fit individual school or district needs. Assemblies can provide a broad message of respect for all types of diversity, they can focus on specific types of diversity, or they can focus on specific kinds of bullying such as cyberbullying or relational bullying. See the Professional Development and scheduling suggestions for schools pages of this website for information about combining student assemblies with professional development services. Click on the highlighted topics on this page for further information about each type of assembly.

Aim Higher: Middle & High School Assemblies

The basic template for most middle and high student assemblies provided by Spectrum Diversity is "Aim Higher," an assembly that challenges students to go beyond tolerance of differences, by aiming higher toward understanding and respect. "Aim Higher" covers a broad range of types of diversity, using true stories and colorful graphics to bring home the overall message: respect for all.

The Aim Higher Student Assembly can also focus on specific types of diversity. Most commonly requested are assemblies focussed on "appearance diversity," including weight and body type differences, and on sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. The prevalence of bullying based on these characteristics makes them important issues for middle and high schools.

Making Schools Safe for Everyone: Elementary School Assemblies

Elementary student assemblies focus on age-appropriate topics and skills to help students recognize, avoid, and respond in positive ways to others. The issues faced by students in elementary school vary by grade, so Spectrum Diversity LLC offers different assemblies for PreK-2, grades 3/4, and grades 5/6; these grade break-downs can be adjusted to fit school schedules and to accomodate (pre)K-5 and (pre)K-8 schools as well as (pre)K-6 schools. Click here for more information about elementary school student assemblies.

Cyberbullying: ThkB4UTxt

Cyberbullying is a growing problem for schools nationally. Although schools are explicitly responsible for addressing cyberbullying under New Jersey's anti-bullying law (Title 18A), most cyberbullying occurs off-campus where school authority to regulate and discipline is limited. One part of the answer to this jurisdictional dilemma is pro-active education for students and parents.

Another problem facing schools is the fact that many students know far more about electronic communications technology than their parents, and even their teachers, know. Preventing cyberbullying requires active education for students about netiquette, the very real consequences of cyberbullying, personal responsibility, and other aspects of internet safety, as well as education for their parents and teachers about the complexities of teens' online lives.