School system gets $1.5M grant for anti-bullying training

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Schools has been awarded a $1.5 million grant for anti-bullying training and support at five middle schools.

The schools participating include Murray, Myrtle Grove, Trask, Holly Shelter, and Williston Middle.

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Empowering Youth Engaging Schools (EYES) is a four-year initiative funded by The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation.

The following are some of the key components of the EYES grant:

  • The fully-funded initiative, including stipends and funding for substitute coverage.



  • Intensive coaching will be provided through the National School Climate Leadership Certification to support school leadership teams (1) understand and interpret data and translate it into action and (2) align educational initiatives efficiently and effectively.

  • Five full-day Cluster Meetings for School Leadership Teams across the initiative and three cohort-wide Youth Summits will be held.

  • Professional development for all staff members on topics such as Social-Emotional Learning, Bullying Prevention, Youth Engagement, Understanding Bias will occur.

  • Instructional support, books, and other materials from Facing History and Ourselves will be utilized.

  • Teachers will have access to Facing History content workshops and summer seminars.

  • There will be unlimited access to NSCC’s Resource Center: An online professional learning environment including resources, social functionalities, and interactive dashboard to track progress.

  • There is access to industry-leading Measurement Tools, including NSCC’s acclaimed Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) and Leadership Team Readiness Tool.

  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in three Youth Summits over Year 2, Year 3, and Year 4.

  • There will be network support with other participating schools.

NHCS is partnering with the National School Climate Center and Facing History and Ourselves, https://www.facinghistory.org/, on this project.