Keith’s anti bullying assembly will change school culture when combined with his curriculum to create a school wide anti bullying campaign. He has performed anti bullying assemblies for high schools, middle schools and elementary schools throughout the nation. Keith uses serious comedy to engage students, teachers, and parents during his school assemblies, teacher workshops, and parent outreach events. His experience as an award winning teacher and parent coach have turned him into one of the nation’s most requested anti bullying speakers. Keith addresses cyberbullying, physical bullying, racism, exclusion, verbal bullying, gossip, and the mean girl phenomenon. When working with older students he addresses heavier topics like cutting, teen suicide, teen depression, and the importance of seeking help for self-harming behaviors.
What makes Keith's K-12 Anti Bullying Assembly Different?
Keith's program goes beyond the bully/victim/bystander labels to get at the underlying causes of bullying. Keith's background as an award winning school teacher gives him insight into school culture. His school assembly is about acceptance, making new friends by reaching out, and encouraging the audience to stop judging one another by race, outward appearance, speech, or economic status. He teaches victims how to become bullyproof. He takes the unusual approach of addressing the mindset of the victim as well as the bully. He will inspire those that have been bullied and force the bullies to take a harsh look at why they do what they do. Keith tells his story of how he overcame the bullying he suffered because he stayed back in thirdgrade,as a result of having severe learning disabilities, and struggled academically, behaviorally, and socially throughout school. The students that have been victims because they learn differently or struggle academically and socially will come away especially inspired. He teaches victims how to respond to bullying and bystanders exactly what they need to do to take a stand.
Each school that books Keith will receive a copy of one of the most exciting anti bullying resources available, his three DVD anti bullying curriculum, “The Complete Anti Bullying Kit”. This curriculum will allow schools to run an effective anti bullying campaign and keep the positive momentum going following the assemblies.
When conducting school programs for older students, he places special emphases on cyberbullying and social media use. Keith studies the anti bullying laws of each state he visits and conveys the content and consequences of those laws in a way the students understand. His school assemblies, teacher and parent workshops, and curriculum have proven to have a long term positive impact on school culture.
Serious Comedy for Effective School Assemblies
Comedy may not seem an appropriate method to use when dealing with cyberbullying, bullying, teen suicide and teen depression, but this is serious comedy and it has proven to be incredibly effective. Comedy holds the student’s attention. When confronted with hundreds of squirming children crammed onto a gym floor at an elementary school assembly, Keith employs comedy. When facing hormonally charged and dramatic students packed into the bleachers in an overheated gym during a middle school assembly, Keith hooks them with comedy. While watching the detached teenagers saunter into the auditorium with their “you can’t teach me” body language before the high school assembly, Keith thinks of the most recent viral You Tube video or Vine video he can reference humorously to show the teens he studies their world. Comedy can be passionate, empathetic and deeply personal. Keith uses comedy to meet students where they are so he can teach them about empathy, courage, love, compassion, cultural analysis, and the power of honest self examination. He uses comedy to show how ridiculous it is to judge a person based on race, appearance, economic status, what neighborhood they live in, or the shoes they can afford. Keith uses comedy because it works.