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The 2021 Third Thursday webinar series, which runs through November and is free to attend, will educate those new to the bullying prevention field and sharpen the skills of those who are experienced in this vital area. Webinars will cover essential topics including student safety and well-being skills, social-emotional wellness, cyberspace, and more.

Third Thursday webinars are approved for Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Trainer recertification, Act 48 and NASW credits.

This high quality learning series is presented in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Safe and Humane Schools Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life Clemson University, and the Capital Area Intermediate Unit.

Understanding the Educator’s Role in Stopping Human Trafficking

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EDT

Thousands of school-age children in the United States are vulnerable to being trafficked. Some victims will continue attending school during the day where they will cross paths with educators. From the principal to the bus driver, they all have an important role to play in stopping human trafficking. Learn about common signs to look for in a student being trafficked, understand how to help, discuss how to help students develop empathy toward these situations.

Lexi Higgins, BOTL Program Specialist, Truckers Against Trafficking

Beyond Zero Tolerance: Developing an Effective Support Plan for Students Who Are Bullied and Students Who Bully Others

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EDT

Research has shown that students who are bullied and students who bully others are at greater risk of short term and long term negative outcomes. Creating an effective support plan requires an understanding of best practices in individual interventions. Strategies will be shared on how to address bullying situations at the Tier 3 level which include; identifying student needs, partnering with parents/guardians and selecting supportive action steps. Strategies demonstrated in this session will include building connections and supporting students and caregivers.

Leah Galkowski, Safe Schools Coordinator, Center for Safe Schools
Mary Dolan, Bullying Prevention Consultant, Office for Safe Schools, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Addressing a Student’s Call for Help Through Suicide Risk Assessment

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EDT

This session will review recognizing signs of suicide and address six best practices considerations for implementing Student Suicide Risk Assessments in K-12 schools. Learn how these practices can help improve and align the work of mental health professionals to effectively address the needs of students of concern with school safety in mind.

Will Gordillo, Sr. Education Associate, Public Consulting Group
Brittany St. Amand, Business Manager, Public Consulting Group

How to Engage in Courageous Conversations

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EST

Current events in our nation have made it more important for leaders to engage in courageous conversations, even when they are difficult or make us feel uncomfortable. Engaging in open, authentic, truthful dialogue in an atmosphere of trust and respect is the key to effective leadership for improvement, especially on issues of race, gender, socioeconomics and other social justice topics. In this webinar, participants will understand how to create a safe space for courageous conversations to occur and strategies to initiate and facilitate meaningful interactions.

Shileste Overton Morris, Ed.D., Director, Center for Schools and Communities