Bullying Prevention in the Promotion of a Positive School Climate: Effective Principles and Practices
We are pleased to announce a one-day conference titled “Bullying Prevention in the Promotion of a Positive School Climate: Effective Principles and Practices,” Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center, in Charlottesville, VA.
This conference is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Department of Health, Safe Schools/Healthy Students of Albemarle/Charlottesville, Youth-Nex, The University of Virginia Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Presentations by national and state experts will translate bullying prevention theory and research into practical strategies and effective practices for implementation in Virginia’s schools.
Morning session: New Thinking and Research on Bullying
Understanding and Preventing Bullying: A School-wide Perspective
Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Recent research demonstrates the impact of school-wide prevention programs like Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and the role of protective factors in preventing bullying. Bullying prevention efforts must consider the role of school climate and the different perspectives of students, staff, and parents.
Social-emotional Learning and Character Education Approaches to Bullying Prevention & Intervention
Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D., University of Illinois
Second Step is a social-emotional learning and character education program designed to reduce bullying, fighting, and sexual harassment. Professor Espelage will present new findings from an ongoing randomized clinical trial in 36 middle schools.
The Target Bullying Intervention Program
Susan Swearer, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
How do we work with a student who is bullying others? The Target Bullying Intervention Program (T-BIP) is an individualized cognitive-behavioral intervention designed to take the place of in-school suspension for bullying behaviors.
Implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program: Outcomes and Experiences from a Large-Scale Project
Susan Limber, Ph.D., Clemson University
The OBPP is a school-based program to prevent bullying through school-wide, classroom, and individual interventions. Dr. Limber will describe recent findings and experiences from the implementation of the program in more than 130 elementary, middle, and high schools.
Afternoon session: From Research to Practice
Legal Issues with Bullying and Harassment in Schools
Craig Wood, McGuireWoods and Washington and Lee University School of Law
Teachers and school administrators can be held liable under a number of state and federal legal theories if they fail to take action to prevent and remedy threatening and abusive behavior against students. This talk will explain those theories, and suggest proactive interventions school officials should take to protect students and avoid liability.
A School-wide Approach to Bullying Prevention through Positive School Climate
June Jenkins, M.Ed., Albemarle/Charlottesville Safe Schools/Healthy Students Project
Practical strategies for implementing schoolwide bullying prevention can have a positive impact on school climate. The Safe Schools/Healthy Students project in the Albemarle/Charlottesville school systems has achieved a 22% reduction in student reported bullying.
The Assessment of School Climate and the Identification of Victims of Bullying
Dewey Cornell, Ph.D., University of Virginia
Research in Virginia schools shows that student perceptions of school climate can be measured reliably and are predictive of school dropout rates and SOL performance. However, self-reports are not as useful as peer reports in identifying victims of bullying.
Among the distinguished presenters are:
, Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health, Deputy Director,
The Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence
, Professor of Child Development, College of Education, University of
, Dan Olweus Distinguished Professor in the Institute on Family and
Neighborhood Life (IFNL), Clemson University
, Professor of School Psychology at the University of Nebraska and Co-Director of the
Bullying Research Network.
, Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Education, and Youth-Nex Associate
Director, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
, Project Director, Safe Schools/Healthy Students Albemarle/Charlottesville
, former Chairman of the Council of School Attorneys of the Virginia School Boards
Association, past President of the Education Law Association, and National School Boards
Association Council of School Attorneys Board of Directors member
This conference is designed for school superintendents, principals, and other administrators; school support professionals, including school counselors, nurses, prevention and student assistance specialists, psychologists, and social workers; school resource officers; and teachers.
Partial In-Service Credit
The Virginia Department of Education will provide certificates of attendance to educators, school administrators, and school support personnel who attend the full conference. Law enforcement officers will receive partial in-service credit hours for completing this course.
Cost and Registration
There is a $25 conference registration fee which includes morning coffee and a boxed lunch.
Pre-registration is required via DCJS’ online Event Registration System.
Total conference participants limited to 500.
DCJS is not currently accepting applications for this course.
Conference Site Details
|Date:||Wednesday, June 20, 2012|
|Registration and Coffee:||8:00 AM - 8:45 AM||Time: ||9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
||Site:||Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School
||Address:||1400 Melbourne Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
|Parking:||Ample, free parking is available
105 North Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Participants are responsible for their travel expenses. A small block of rooms is being held on a first come, first served basis for June 19, 2012 at the Cavalier Inn. The rate is $87.00 per night plus taxes. For reservations, call Cavalier Inn, 434.296.8111 or 1.888.882.2129. Be sure to mention “Bullying Prevention Conference” when making reservations. The deadline for reservations is 5:00 p.m., May 28, 2012. Online reservations are not accepted.
Other nearby hotels include: Comfort Inn Monticello, Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn, English Inn of Charlottesville, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, and Red Roof Inn.
For visitor information, please go to Charlottesville Travel.
For questions related to conference registration, you may contact:
Donna Michaelis at Donna.email@example.com or 804.371.6506.