Who Should See this Film
Recommended for use by:
- Students in grades 5 through 9
- Teacher, administrative, staff and counselor training
- Middle and high school anti-violence, anti-bias and conflict resolution programs
- PTAs and parent groups
- University courses in education, guidance, health and social work
The kids featured in Let’s Get Real speak honestly and openly about their experiences. They do not use euphemisms to talk about the bad words they hear and say. Recommended for students in grades 5 – 9.
In thousands of classrooms across the country, students in grades 6 thought 12 and their educators have used Let’s Get Real as a launching pad for discussions about bullying in their own schools and communities. Schools everywhere have reported a decline in disciplinary problems and an increase in respect among students after discussing the important issues raised in the film.
“I showed Let’s Get Real to my students–many of whom do not want to have these conversations and have a hard time sitting still. They were riveted. The discussion afterward was profound.”
—Kim Carter, director, Monadnock Community Connections School, Keene, New Hampshire
“Our high school peer counseling students are trained on talking to middle school students about bullying prevention using portions of Let’s Get Real to punctuate their tidings of non-violence in classrooms.”
—Doris Smeltzer, Character Education Teacher, Napa Valley Unified School District
The film has been a powerful resource in district-wide programs, where educators are trained on how to use the film and curriculum guide with students.
“Let’s Get Real is an effective part of our training program for district employees designed to prevent discrimination and protect student safety by helping staff understand what many of our students experience.”
—Dr. Robert Kessler, Superintendent, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
“After your trainers had the staff development with us, we formed an Anti-Bullying Committee (ABC). During the first week of school every teacher went over the “No Bullying School Rule” that was added to the student handbook. They also went over the bullying poster with their classes (we blew up and made posters from the handout that you gave us on what bullying is and what it looks like).”
“ABC and our administrators made an official anti-bullying policy which we also went over with students. The ABC also launched an Anti-Bully Campaign Week using Let’s Get Real. Every subject area is involved, across the curriculum. We presented our plans to PTSA who decided to schedule nine showings of the video for parents so they could have a meaningful discussion with their kids after they see it. It’s all very exciting!”
—Jeanne Donovan, Principal, O’Hara Park Middle School, Oakley, CA
Entire communities have organized anti-bullying and safety initiatives around Let’s Get Real. County Departments of Health, Education and Youth Services have joined with police departments, juvenile justice, mental health and crime prevention programs, parents, religious organizations and others in hosting screenings and panel discussions around the film.
“By providing Let’s Get Real as a community resource for youth, their educators and advocates, we are starting a dialogue about bullying and possible solutions to an often-ignored problem.”
—Cheri Pies, director of the Family, Maternal and Child Health programs of Contra Costa Health Services
Let’s Get Real has reached thousands of educators and youth service providers at professional conferences. Participants learn ways to use Let’s Get Real and the classroom activities in the curriculum guide with students.
“I have viewed Let’s Get Real, and I really like it a lot. We are using it with our staff, students and parents as part of our bullying-prevention program at our school. …This is an excellent resource.”
—Jill Boyd, teacher, John Bullen Middle School, Kenosha, Wisconsin
“There were over 200 students from both middle and high schools who watched Let’s Get Real film at our Student Peer Mediation Conference, plus assorted adults. Students ended the day making individual and school pledges for what they were going to do at their schools to promote respect. One student commented: ‘Today changed my life. I can’t believe we all just let this bullying happen!’ I’m sure that schools will continue to use the film with their students, staff and parents. Thanks for making it possible.”
—Margaret Marshall, Director, Conflict Resolution in Schools, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center