March 29,2012

bully poster vectorScreening of award-winning documentary, Bully, at Coolidge Corner Theater

Child Psychologist, Early Education Expert, Dr. Donna Housman, to Lead Conversation on Bullying Prevention with Parents, Educators, Community Leaders

Weston, MA.- March 26, 2012- Bully, the critically acclaimed documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, will be screened at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline on Wednesday, April 4th at 7:00pm.  In light of the national attention focused on the growing epidemic of bullying, the Weinstein Company, the independent studio behind the film, has invited Dr. Donna Housman to lead a discussion on bullying prevention and emotional intelligence with an audience of parents, educators, and community leaders.  Dr. Housman is a child psychologist, early education specialist and Founder and Executive Director of Beginnings School in Weston, MA.

According to, more than 13 million children will be bullied this year in the U.S. alone, making it the most common form of violence experienced by youths.  Bully, directed, written, and filmed by Hirsch and produced by the Weinstein Company, is a poignant, character-driven documentary that follows five kids ages 11 through 17 and their families.  Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, Bully offers an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices and insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children.

About Donna Housman, Ph.D/Emotional Intelligence: Dr. Donna Housman is an expert on emotional intelligence, the sense of compassion, self-esteem, and self-control.  Housman believes the key to bullying prevention is found in teaching children to understand and manage their own emotions and the emotions of others.  According to Housman, “When children are exposed to curriculum focusing on emotional intelligence within the first three to five years of life, they develop the critical emotional competencies of awareness, understanding, self-regulation, and sensitivity to the emotions of others.  Emotional intelligence is essential for character and moral development.”

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