HOUSTON, TX (April 3, 2012) – Holocaust Museum Houston will present internationally best-selling author and social cruelty expert Barbara Coloroso in a public discussion and a special one-day teacher workshop this April on how both parents and teachers can respond to bullying, an aspect of school that Coloroso calls "a life-and-death issue that we ignore at our children’s peril."
For the past 38 years, Coloroso has been an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice. She has appeared on Oprah, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and NPR and has been featured in the New York Times, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and other national and international publications.
Her uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were developed through her years of training in sociology, special education, and philosophy, as well as field-tested through her experiences as a classroom teacher, laboratory school instructor, university instructor, seminar leader, volunteer in Rwanda, and mother of three grown children. She is the author of five international bestsellers: “kids are worth it! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline;” “Parenting Through Crisis — Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change;” “The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander — From Pre-School to High School, How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence;” and “Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right — From Toddlers to Teens, Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically.” Coloroso’s latest book is “Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide… and Why It Matters.” She also has two critically acclaimed video programs “Winning at Parenting... Without Beating Your Kids” and “Winning at Teaching… Without Beating Your Kids.”
Her public address is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater at the Museum’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Tickets are $8 for HMH members and $10 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, and advance registration is required. Visit http://ww.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. For more information, call 713-942-8000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A book-signing will follow her lecture.
Coloroso will also speak privately to educators in a special one-day workshop at the Museum prior to the evening lecture. She will conduct morning sessions on the topic “The Bully, The Bullied and the Bystander.”
Starting with a bottom-line assumption that "bullying is a learned behavior,” Coloroso will explain not only the ways that the bully, the bullied and the bystander are "three characters in a tragic play” but also how "the scripts can be rewritten, new roles created and the plot changed.” She will break down the behavior that defines each role, analyze the specific ways that each character can have their behaviors changed for the better and will suggest a range of methods that parents and educators can use to identify bullying behavior and counter it effectively. Most importantly, she will look at ways that bullied children can affirm their dignity and self-worth.
In the afternoon, Holocaust Museum Houston’s Education Department staff will present their newest program: “All Behaviors Count: Humanity in Action.” This program provides information about the five behaviors of social cruelty and how schools can develop communities in which humanity is in action. Teasing, exclusion, bullying, rumoring and ganging up have all led to violence in the past few years; in a world of total connectedness, with no down time as in the past, these behaviors are causing greater harm.
This interactive afternoon will include presentations, visiting of relevant exhibition spaces and rich discussion. The cost for the one-day session – including materials and a copy of Coloroso’s book “Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide... And Why it Matters.”
Coloroso’s appearance is generously underwritten by the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, B’nai B’rith Permian Basin, Linda and Dr. Michael Eisemann, and Alan and Elizabeth Stein, and is presented with special thanks to United Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.