Over 500 teachers, administrators, law enforcement personnel and others, gathered to discuss bullying prevention efforts in schools across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The conference, held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School, was co-hosted by the Virginia departments of Education, Health and Criminal Justice Services; the Albemarle/Charlottesville Safe Schools/Healthy Students Project; the Virginia Department of Education Region 5 Training and Technical Assistance Center at James Madison University; and Youth-Nex.
The event brought together national scholars on bullying who presented new research on effective methods to reduce bullying.
Following the public conference a think tank for bullying researchers was held at the Curry School of Education.
STATE CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:
Patrick Tolan, Ph.D., Youth-Nex Director, University of Virginia - Opening Remarks: "Effective Youth Development: A Framework for Addressing Bullying"
Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University - "Understanding and Preventing Bullying: A School-wide Perspective"
Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D., University of Illinois - "Social-emotional Learning and Character Education Approaches to Bullying Prevention & Intervention"
June Jenkins, Project Director, Albemarle/Charlottesville Safe Schools/Healthy Students Project - "A School-wide Approach to Bullying Prevention Through Positive School Climate"
Susan Limber, Ph.D., Clemson University - "Implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program: Outcomes and Experiences from a Large-Scale Project"
Craig Wood, McGuireWoods; Washington and Lee University School of Law - "Legal Issues with Bullying and Harassment in Schools"
Susan Swearer, Ph.D., University of Nebraska - "The Target Bullying Intervention Program"
Dewey Cornell, Ph.D., Youth-Nex, University of Virginia - "The Assessment of School Climate and the Identification of Victims of Bullying" VIDEO: "Student Peer Support Survey: Do You Care?"
PROGRAM with speaker biographies and additional details.