NO NAME CALLING WEEK – Changes Annually

No Name Calling Week - Changes Annually
(Last Updated On: January 6, 2023)


During mid-January, No Name-Calling Week sets forth an annual event that calls for kindness in and out of the classrooms.

Name-calling, insults, and words in general cause harm. In children and adults, unkind words leave marks we can’t see and often cannot be easily undone. Over time, the abuse results in poor grades, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, depression, and even suicide. Our children deserve the support of parents, educators, and administrators, and this observance brings everyone together under one cause.

The lessons of No Name-Calling Week aims put kindness in action by providing educators, administrators, and students with tools and resources.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NoNameCallingWeek

Participate in your school’s programs for the week. Bring them into your classroom. Infuse them into every part of the campus. Other ways to participate include:

  • Launch a program at your school.
  • Learn how by visiting Simon and Schuster Publishing.
  • Read James Howe’s novel The Misfits.
  • Promote an art exhibit or essay competition.
  • Register your event.
  • Explore books for your age group
  • Watch a documentary about bullying, such as Bly by Independent Lens on PBS.
  • Review your school’s policies and make changes that will impact students now.

Use #NoNameCallingWeek to share your story and experience on social media. Spread #KindnessInAction everywhere you go!

Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas to help you Celebrate Every Day!


Inspired by the 2001 novel The Misfits by James Howe, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, along with GLEN research, established No Name-Calling Week in 2004. Their platform is an active approach to infusing kindness into every action and giving schools the tools, so students have every opportunity to participate.

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