TEACH Parents Page

Welcome to the links for TEACH Parent Resources!  Parents are a crucial part of building social skills in children.  The following links will take you to resources on each of the topics in TEACH but they do not represent the views of, and should not be attributed to The Center for Violence-Free Relationships.   These links are for your information only and it is up to each parent to decide how they will support the skills their children are learning in TEACH.

The TEACH Program is currently being taught in the following schools and grades:

Gold Trail Middle School – grades 4-8

Camerado Springs Middle School – 7th-8th grade Leadership

TEACH is a peer abuse (bullying) prevention program that equips students with alternatives to violent behavior in order to build a healthier foundation for relationships later in life.  We seek to provide a safe environment where students can learn skills that foster a culture of active bystanders and assertive behavior where they learn the power of standing up for themselves and others.  This activities-based program builds skills in body image, self-esteem, empathy, personal boundaries, communication, healthy relationships, peer abuse (bullying), teamwork (cooperation) and finally, conflict resolution.

For 4th through 6th grade students the focus of TEACH is on healthy friendships. In the 7th and 8th grades the focus is on healthy dating and peer relationships, covering the material required under the California Healthy Youth Act of 2016. It is important to us that you are aware of the lessons and we encourage you to take the opportunity to engage with your student on the subject matter as you see fit. To this end we are providing to you the Objectives and Teacher Integration Plans for the whole program.

Click here for the TEACH 4-6 Objectives and Integration Plans and click here for the TEACH 7-8 Objectives and Integration Plans

Students will learn about positive, negative and healthy body image; the media’s effect on how we think of ourselves and others.


For information on how to encourage a healthy body image, click here http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/body_image.html#

For information on how your body image plays a role in your child’s image, click here  www.womenshealth.gov/body-image/kids/

To learn about ways to prevent body image issues, click here. http://www.parents.com/kids/eating-disorders/prevent-body-image-issues/

For information on teens and body image, click here

http://teenhealth.about.com/od/emotionalhealth/a/teenbodyimage.htm and here


Students will learn about self-esteem; how it works and who/what can influence them; how to build and enhance it.


For information on self-esteem and how to build it, click herehttp://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/self_esteem.html#

Ways to build your child’s self-esteem, click here http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/365614/jewish/12-Ways-to-Build-your-Childs-Self-Esteem.htm

How to build self-esteem, click here http://www.todaysparent.com/family/parenting/how-to-build-your-childs-self-esteem/

Helping your child develop a healthy sense of self-esteem, click here https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/Pages/Helping-Your-Child-Develop-A-Healthy-Sense-of-Self-Esteem.aspx

Ways to build a child’s self-confidence, click herehttp://www.askdrsears.com/topics/parenting/child-rearing-and-development/12-ways-help-your-child-build-self-confidence

A slightly different approach to self-esteem, click here http://www.empoweringparents.com/Low-Self-Esteem-in-Kids-Forget-What-Youve-Heard-Its-a-Myth.php  and Part II, click here http://www.empoweringparents.com/Low-Self-esteem-in-Kids-Part-II-3-Ways-to-Help-Your-Child-Now.php

Students will learn to recognize and interpret different feelings in themselves and others; learn to communicate their feelings and ‘walk in someone’s shoes.’


For evidence-based tips on fostering empathy in children, click here http://www.parentingscience.com/teaching-empathy-tips.html

5 ways to foster empathy in children, click here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-lori/5-ways-to-foster-teach-em_b_4420427.html

Interesting New York Times article on teaching empathy, click here http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/teaching-children-empathy/?_r=0

Teaching kindness and empathy, click here https://www.parentmap.com/article/teaching-kindness-and-empathy-to-children

Teaching children empathy through tolerance of other cultures, click here http://kidworldcitizen.org/2012/10/28/teaching-kids-about-empathy/

Teaching empathy and compassion to students in middle school, click here http://www.childswork.com/blog/2011/08/middle-school-%E2%80%93-an-important-time-to-teach-empathy-and-compassion/

Teaching teens about empathy, click here http://www.brighthubeducation.com/parenting-teens/120621-teaching-teenagers-to-develop-empathy/

We will introduce the concept of personal boundaries; practice using “I” messages; learn about positive role models and their effects on students; how to manage negative peer influence; practice refusal skills.


Healthy personal boundaries and how to establish them, click herehttp://www.essentiallifeskills.net/personalboundaries.html

The importance of giving children boundaries http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/importance-giving-children-boundaries-10326.html

Teaching kids how to set boundaries and keep toxic people out http://www.heysigmund.com/teaching-kids-how-to-set-boundaries-and-keep-toxic-people-out/

Why your child should never be forced to hug a relative http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Why-Your-Child-Should-Never-Forced-Hug-Relative-27334392

Teens and boundaries, click here https://www.kidpower.org/library/article/teen-boundaries/

Boundaries within healthy relationships for teens http://www.pamf.org/teen/abc/buildingblocks/boundaries.html

Why healthy boundaries are important in relationships http://www.kellevision.com/kellevision/2009/12/boundaries-schmoundares.html

We will introduce passive, aggressive and assertive communication styles; practice assertive communication; learn the importance of self-awareness and self-control in managing anger.


Tips for teaching assertive communication http://practicalkatie.com/2012/01/13/10-tips-for-teaching-assertiveness-skills/

Teaching assertiveness http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/assertive.htm

Teach your child to be assertive http://www.improvementtower.com/Teach_Your_Children_to_Be_Assertive.html

5 ways to teach your child anger management skills http://discipline.about.com/od/teachingnewskills/a/5-Ways-To-Teach-Your-Child-Anger-Management-Skills.htm

8 ways to teach teens anger management skills http://parentingteens.about.com/od/behavioranddiscipline/fl/8-Ways-to-Teach-Teens-Anger-Management-Skills.htm

In the younger grades we will learn the importance of friendship; identify qualities of a good friend; learn skills to make and keep friends.


Helping children to learn positive friendship skills http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/families/about-friendship/making-friends/helping-children-learning-positive-friendship-skills

Kids who need a little help making friends http://www.childmind.org/en/posts/articles/2012-12-4-kids-who-need-little-help-make-friends

Evidence-based tips to help children make friends http://www.childmind.org/en/posts/articles/2012-12-4-kids-who-need-little-help-make-friends

Help your tween make friends and keep them http://tweenparenting.about.com/od/socialdevelopment/a/TweenFriends.htm

In the 7th-8th grades we will explore different types of relationships; dating; healthy/unhealthy relationships; teen dating violence; and give internet resources.


Helping teens develop positive friendships http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/helping_teens_develop_positive_friendships

Teaching teens to handle friendship problems http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/teach-teens-handle-friendship-problems-7272.html

Helping teens form real friendships http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/837719/helping-teens-form-real-friendships

Talking to your child about dating http://parentingteens.about.com/od/talktoyourteen/ht/talk_teendating.htm

Talking to your child about healthy relationships and dating http://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/parenting/healthy-communication-and-relationships/talk-with-your-teen-about-healthy-relationships#the-basics_6

Teen Dating Violence Prevention http://www.ed.gov/blog/2015/02/teen-dating-violence-prevention-through-raising-awareness/

Talking to your teen about sex and love http://www.familycircle.com/teen/parenting/sex-talk/talking-to-teens-about-sex/

TEEN DATING VIOLENCE RESOURCESloveisrespect.org  breakthecycle.org  athinline.org

Students will gain an understanding of peer abusive behaviors; the effects of peer abuse; techniques and strategies for handling abusive situations; learn active bystander skills.


Definition of bullying http://preventingbullying.promoteprevent.org/what-bullying

Bullying http://www.parentingscience.com/bullying-in-school.html

Stop Bullying http://www.stopbullying.gov/

Guide to bullying resources http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/se/bullyres.asp

The bully project http://www.thebullyproject.com/

Medicine.net Bullying http://www.medicinenet.com/bullying/article.htm

Cyberbullying https://www.grabellaw.com/cyberbullying-the-new-online-crime.html

Students will explore working with others on a complex activity.


Skills to teach children to work cooperatively http://www.asuccessfulwoman.com/aswstory/raising-tomorrows-leaders-6-skills-teach-your-children

Why teamwork is important http://www.the-happy-manager.com/articles/why-is-teamwork-important/

Teamwork in the classroom https://www.nde-ed.org/TeachingResources/ClassroomTips/Teamwork.htm

Students will learn a 6-step approach to conflict resolution; practice conflict resolution strategies and techniques; participate in several fun small and large group activities.


About conflict resolution https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/families/about-friendship/resolving-conflict/resolving-conflict-how-children-can-learn-resolve

Teaching conflict resolution skills to children http://www.cetuesday.com/teaching-conflict-resolution-skills-to-children/

Building skills that can turn conflicts into opportunities http://www.helpguide.org/articles/relationships/conflict-resolution-skills.htm

Building conflict resolution skills in children http://www.connectionsacademy.com/blog/posts/2013-10-14/Building-Conflict-Resolution-Skills-in-Children.aspx

Managing and resolving conflict in a positive way http://www.edcc.edu/counseling/documents/Conflict.pdf