The Driving Questions

Each workstream will be asked to focus their breakout sessions on answering the following questions. The answers from each workstream are to be communicated and discussed with all participants during the Final Wrap-Up session, with the goal of presenting the Born This Way Foundation with a potential research agenda and future roadmap for action.

1. Need To Know: What are the key 3 or 4 things that a new foundation and the public need to know about the central issues that your stream is focused on (e.g. key research findings, basic knowledge, etc.)?
1. Central Action Items: What are the key 3 or 4 things that should be the central action items for the Foundation in this arena? (Think about actions that require funding as well as those that do not, low hanging fruit as well as long shots).
1. Big Picture Ideas: Are there big picture ideas, incubating projects, or innovative ideas “in the lab” that might work, but that haven’t been tried? How should we support and roll out such initiatives? What are the barriers?
1. Cross-Stream Needs: What are 1 or 2 important issues discussed in your working stream that require collaborating with another stream? (This is a complex systems problem so we know that there's overlap.)



Workstreams


1. Classroom-based curriculum. How can bravery and tolerance be integrated into the classroom? Where are known successes that can be scaled? What are the pedagogical issues? What are the teacher training issues? Where is innovation needed? What are missing pieces to help?


2. Curricula as a campaign for a networked age. How can empowering curricula exist outside of the classroom? What is the role of TV, PSAs, and other "old" media? What can be done with new media: gaming, social media, etc.? How can spreadable media be leveraged to get out messages of bravery and tolerance?


3. Evaluation and assessment. Lots is happening in the bullying space - new laws, new curricula, new public campaigns. How do we scaffold an evaluation infrastructure around these rapidly moving pieces to assess efficacy and account for unintended consequences?


4. Grassroots and peer-driven initiatives. Youth are developing their own initiatives to combat bullying and increase tolerance and acceptance in their schools. What are success stories? When should these be supported by adults and when is that problematic? How can youth-driven initiatives be supported, encouraged, and scaled?


5. Law and Policy. New laws are emerging in the bullying space. Some of this focuses on educational outcomes, but much of it focuses on punitive structures. What's happening in the public policy space? How are schools integrating policy outcomes into their programs?


6. School culture. Engendering healthy school culture can alleviate many bullying-related issues. What are the tactical approaches to engendering healthy school culture? Where are the tension points? Where have interventions worked and where have they failed?

We are committed to genuine interactivity throughout the event; all attendees bring important (and diverse) knowledge, expertise and experience to the key topic areas, and we encourage active engagement from all participants.