Anna Nolin on What Schools Can Do
"…it depends on the situation whether we would get the children together for a mediated discussion. That’s often people’s first response, let’s get everybody together in a room and just talk it out, but the perspectives are too complicated in most cases for that to occur and in many cases, the girls themselves don’t know what the root cause of their anger is…"
Anna Nolin on Communicating with Parents
"Parents need to hear a coordinated script from schools about what the situation actually was that occurred and not being afraid—not letting the school be afraid to take some time to figure out what the next best steps are."
Anna Nolin on the Inevitability of Incidents Like This
"Students are going to have conflicts; students are going to have friendship issues. They don’t have to be as painful if students are taught how to nurture friendships and how to have discussions of these types long before there’s a big conflict situation."
Anna Nolin on the Role of the Teacher
"...teachers need to be able to make the space to have individual discussions about classroom dynamics. That is the scope of teacher work. "
Anna Nolin on the Role Racial Identity Played
"...it was such an illogical situation she was searching for answers and this was the one that seemed the most realistic to her, it was backed by her parents, it was much more complex than that and I just felt sad that that was the understanding that she had come to..."
Anna Nolin on Being Proactive
"...my feeling is that we inoculate students better against these kinds of viral conflicts when we work as a community to stop the small stuff."
Anna Nolin on What Feels Familiar About This Incident
"...friend groups change, they break, they are re-made, wounds are made and healed and sometimes not healed and this Case Study allowed us to hear about the different perspectives from one of those particular wounding cases in a more in-depth way."