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What’s New For Schools

An informative monthly newsletter for Middlesex County educators

Vol.IV, No. 2, February 2010

An Alternative Strategy for Educators

By Anna Kirzner, MSW, LCSW Clinician II
Perry Binder is a business law professor who T. each to your strengths
offers fun seminars and keynotes for teachers, B. e available at all times
students, trainers, U. nderstand that students lack your life
and education/law/ experience or knowledge
business organizations. L. earn from your learners
Exactly a year ago, he B. e willing to walk in anyone’s shoes
published his book
“Unlocking Your Lesson III: Never crush anyone’s dreams
Rubber Room: 44 Educators and those that work closely with
Off-the-Wall Lessons children and adolescents need to be “dream
to Lighten and builders,” not “dream destroyers.” At some
Transform Everyday point in childhood there tends to be a desire
Life.” In the book, the to become one of our heroes, whether it be
lawyer-turned-teacher a famous athlete, musician, an actor/actress
offers 44 lessons or perhaps even the President of the United
which emphasize States. What gives any one adult the right to
that preparation, passion, and compassion are spoil such childhood dreams? These very same
the keys to unlocking our confining mindsets adults should however, serve as such personal
- our figurative “rubber rooms.”Perry’s heroes by encouraging every youth that he
book aims to inspire educators, foster or she can achieve anything with hard work
growth, and guide others to think outside and motivation. Youth should be encouraged
the box through proposing multifarious to “test the boundaries of their dreams.”
“lessons.” Here is a summation on how Some additional lessons that Perrry shares
to organize your own “rubber room.” in his book, which are phrases worth
pondering before entering your classroom:
Lesson I: You need to exaggerate to illustrate • Intelligence is wrapped in many packages
Perry makes the distinction that teaching is • A gentle word of encouragement
not synonymous with telling jokes; however, can last a lifetime
adding some character to a lesson can go a long • Learn at your own pace. You’ll
way. The example that Perry provides is that he get there eventually.
searches the web for “wacky” law cases that he • Figure out if you are a “Touch
can utilize in the classroom as a law professor. Wet Paint” Person
• All of your students stay with you forever
Lesson II: Find your light bulb moment • Figure out how to compensate
Perry’s L.I.G.H.T.B.U.L.B. moment for for your weaknesses
L. isten to all learners As Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “We are
I. nspire them with real world discussions not Prisoner of fate, but only prisoners of our
G. ive hope to everyone minds”.
H. eap compliments on students for quality
News You Should Know and Use

U.S. High School Seniors’ Many Adolescent Girls

Perception of Harm from Involved in Violence
Regular Marijuana Use
More than one in four girls ages 12-17
Decreasing was involved in fighting within the past
Twelfth graders’ perceived risk of harm from year, according to new survey data from
regular marijuana use has declined in recent the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
years, according to data from the national Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey.
The SAMHSA survey of more than 33,000
In 2008 and 2009, 52% of U.S. high adolescents found that 19 percent of the
school seniors thought that there was girls surveyed reported involvement in a
a great risk of harm from smoking serious fight at school or work, 14 percent
marijuana regularly, down from 58% in took part in group fights, and about 6
2006. Previous MTF data show that as percent said they attacked someone else
perceived risk decreases, use increases. intending to cause serious injury.

While the percentage of 12th graders Girls who avoided alcohol or other drug
reporting that they used marijuana in the use, got good grades and came from higher-
past month has increased only slightly, income families were at the least risk of
it is noted that the upward trending involvement in violence, researchers found.
of the past two or three years stands
in stark contrast to the steady decline
that preceded it for nearly a decade. The above report was provided by Join Together a program of the
Boston University School of Public Health and is the nation’s
leading provider of information, strategic planning assistance,
Similar decreases in perceived harm from and leadership development for community-based efforts to
marijuana use have been seen among 8th advance effective alcohol and drug policy, prevention, and
and 10th grade students. These findings treatment. To learn more about this organization and to subscribe
to their newsletters, please go to
illustrate the importance of continuing to
present realistic information about the risks
and consequences of marijuana use to youth.

SOURCE: Adapted by CESAR from University of Michigan,

“Teen Marijuana Use Tilts Up, While Some Drugs Decline in

NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. is a non-profit, community-based health organization serving

Middlesex County. Our mission is to promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities of
Middlesex County through the reduction or elimination of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use problems.
NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc.
152 Tices Lane
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Phone: 732-254-3344

February 2010 - National Teen Dating
Violence Awareness & Prevention Month
The repercussions of teen dating violence violence awareness and prevention. To
are impossible to ignore - the issue affects celebrate, we are calling upon government
not just youth but their families, schools and representatives and agencies, public officials,
communities as well. advocates, service providers, schools,
parents and youth to take part in programs
February has been designated as Teen Dating and activities that promote awareness and
Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). prevention of teen dating violence.
TDVAM brings national focus to the issue of
teen dating violence, highlights the need to This month provides an excellent opportunity
educate our youth about healthy relationships, for our school administrators and educators
raises awareness among those who care for to demonstrate commitment to ending teen
them and provides communities with a critical dating violence and to support the numerous
opportunity to work together to prevent this victims and survivors who are among us.
devastating cycle of abuse.
The Teen to the U.S.
Dating Violence Department of
Awareness and Justice Bureau
Prevention of Justice
Initiative was Statistics,
spearheaded by one in three
teenagers across adolescent
the nation girls in the
who chose to U.S. is a victim
take a stand of physical,
and put a stop emotional or
to teen dating violence. In 2005, the verbal abuse from a dating partner.
importance of addressing teen dating
violence was highlighted by its inclusion in These violent relationships can have serious
the reauthorization of the Violence Against consequences for victims – putting them
Women Act. at higher risk for substance abuse, eating
disorders, risky sexual behavior, suicide and
Now supported by dozens of national, state adult re-victimization. This February is the
and local organizations, the call to end teen time to educate about the seriousness of teen
dating violence was formally recognized by dating violence and the prevalence of this
Congress in 2006. At that time, both Houses epidemic in our lives.
of Congress declared the first full week in
February “National Teen Dating Violence Please join us in our efforts! For more
Awareness and Prevention Week.” information and to obtain support materials,
call NCADD at 732-254-3344.
For the first time this year, Congress is
dedicating an entire month to teen dating

NCADD Programmatic News
Steven G. Liga, MSW, LSW, LCADC, CPS, CCS Starting with this issue of What’s New for Schools we hope
CEO & Executive Director to bring you news and information on the various programs
NCADD delivers in County communities and schools. For
Alexandra Lopez, more information about NCADD’s programs please contact
Deputy Director Alexandra Lopez, Deputy Director, at 732-254-3344.
Ezra Helfand, BA
Public Information Coordinator
We’re Not Buying It (WNBI)
Jacqueline Jackson, MBA
Financial Manager NCADD’s program, We’re Not Buying It!, is being
revised! WNBI will retain its core purpose of
informing youth about the dangers of social and
East Brunswick Office media pressures regarding alcohol and tobacco
Lissette M. Bacharde
Administrative Assistant use, however NCADD staff are currently reviewing
the middle school curriculum to keep WNBI’s
Al-Karim Campbell, BA
Preventionist I messages relevant to our youth. They have also
added portions related to the abuse of prescription
Padma Sonti Desai, MA
Preventionist I and over-the-counter medications. Educating
Dara Jarosz, MA, SAC
our youth about the dangers related to the use
Clinician I or abuse of these legal, but often glamorized,
Christina Rak-Samson, BA substances will hopefully lead to delayed age
Preventionist I
of first use and a decrease in the number of kids
Linda Surks, BS, CPS who decide to use and abuse these substances.
Preventionist II

Laura Tittel, BA So far, NCADD has fully revised sessions #1 on

Preventionist I
tobacco, and #2 on alcohol, and have piloted the
Jason Victor, BA, CPS
Preventionist II
units in Center School, Highland Park, as well
as Hammarskjold School, East Brunswick. The
Heather Ward, MSW, LSW
Preventionist I new lessons encourage student participation
and engagement and have been a great success.
Carteret Office Revisions to the remaining two units, as well
Lauren Balkan, MSW, LCSW as the development of two more units, will be
completed by the end of the first quarter of 2010.
Christine Hughes, MSW, LSW
Preventionist I
Anna Kirzner MSW, LCSW Youth Community Leadership Academy
Clinician II
This fall, a brand new after school program was
Lindsay Rich, MSW, LCSW
Clinician II started at Perth Amboy High School. NCADD
Dana Tosk, BA in partnership with the Jewish Rennaisance
Administrative Assistant Foundation’s School-Based Youth Services Program,
began the Youth Community Leadership Academy
Board of Trustees (YCLA). YCLA participants made a commitment
President Vice President to be a positive force within their community and
Katherine Fallon Susan Neshin, M.D. have recently completed KIV training that will
Treasurer Secretary
Bill DeJianne Sandra Martin
enable them to become effective youth participants
Past President in the revitalization of Perth Amboy. The YCLA
Brian T. Rose will join local boards and task forces around the
Members city to serve as youth advisory boards, voicing their
Sharon Campbell
Rakesh Ganta opinions and the opinions of their peers where no
Steven S. Polinsky representation existed before. Watch for updates
George Rusuloj on this exciting new program in future issues of the
Marjorie Talbot “What’s New for School” newsletter!

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