School Assemblies

Interactive Storytelling

Interactive Storytelling

Bystanders "before"

Bystanders "Before"

Bystanders "After"

Bystanders "After"

The Experiment

The Experiment

Memorable Learning

Memorable Learning

You and Me - Bully Free!

Sue wants to partner with you to become part of your ongoing bullying prevention efforts. Her unique program of stories, songs, drama, and more empowers those who witness bully behavior to act. Her high-energy, interactive, and educational assemblies get the whole school talking! Don't be surprised if you want to move, chant, sing, think, imagine and dream.

 

While there are witnesses to bully behavior nearly 85% of the time, only one out of ten bystanders steps in to help. Sue encourages the students she meets to change that number in their community – she challenges them to be the school where 10 out of 10 students step in to help the targeted student.

 

Sue’s program is designed to raise awareness, shape attitudes, change behaviors, create memorable learning, and communicate a shared vocabulary.

“The right story, told at the right time,
by the right person. Thank you!”

4th Grade Teacher

Bystanders learn:

  • They’ve got the power!

  • Ignoring bully behavior is not an option

  • When they speak up, stand with, or walk away with the targeted student, they can successfully stop the bully behavior 50% of the time, often within the first 10 seconds

  • Talk to an adult

The targeted student learns:

  • You are not alone

  • It’s not your fault

  • You don’t deserve this

  • Adults will help

The one who bullies learns:

  • The behavior is not allowed

  • The behavior will stop

  • There are consequences for the behavior and other choices to be made

  • Adults will help

    "We're still receiving positive feedback about the assembly.  We truly thank you for providing our students with the much-needed information pertaining to bullying behavior.  Your manner of presenting / relaying the information was done in such a unique form, so much that you had such a captive audience."
    Assistant Principal

Why stories?

A long time ago in a faraway land, a boy went to learn at the feet of a wise man. Day after day the wise man told the boy stories. One day, the boy asked “Master, why do you always teach through stories? Would it not be faster to tell me directly?”
The wise man answered “Please bring me some tea.”
The boy rose and prepared a cup of tea. He held the small cup gently in his hands as he carried it to the teacher. The wise man took the cup from the boy and sipped it, then asked, “Why did you bring me a cup when I only asked for the tea?”

 

Sue uses stories to communicate bullying prevention strategies and concepts. Stories give listeners the opportunity to:

  • Process and discuss the concepts from a safe place – through the experiences of story characters rather than real people

  • Visualize the story for increased comprehension

  • Experience the emotions; develop empathy

  • Understand concepts at their developmental level

  • Find personal connections and meaning 

  • Stay ‘tuned in’ to story and connected concepts rather than ‘zoned out’ to lecture

  • Recall message and meaning

  • Retell

  • Build community through a shared experience

 

"The best part of the evening was Sue Black's storytelling – please bring her back!"
-- Parent evaluation