Best Practices in Bullying Prevention: Examining a Three-Tiered Approach
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 | 3-4:30 p.m. EST
Bullying is still one of the most pressing issues facing our youth, affecting individuals across ethnicity, gender, grade, and socioeconomic status. Bullying can have serious health consequences. One of the best tools for decreasing the problems associated with bullying is to implement evidence-based prevention strategies that address bullying at the schoolwide, classroom, individual and community levels.
Current research findings continue to support a comprehensive, three-tiered approach to bullying prevention. A research review will be provided highlighting key findings and supportive resources will be shared.
Presented by Jane Riese, Associate Director, Safe and Humane Schools, Mary Dolan, Bullying Prevention Consultant, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Stacie Molnar-Main, School Climate and Social Emotional Learning Consultant, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Research Associate, Kettering Foundation
Finding Meaning and Balance Between Home and Hybrid Working
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 | 3-4:30 p.m. EST
COVID-19 has changed our world. The current situation may be temporary, but things will never go back to what they once were. While grief is typically understood in the context of death, it can follow any type of loss. Many of us are grieving the loss of our jobs, our connection with others and even the collective loss of our normalcy. David Kessler, author and world-renowned expert on grief, explains that many people are experiencing grief on multiple levels including “anticipatory grief” or anxiety and feelings of loss about what is to come. During times of grief, we often struggle with finding meaning in the situation which can affect our ability to eventually experience peace and hope. Embracing a new “normal” requires resilience and “tragic optimism” – optimism about the future even in the face of tragedy. This workshop explores the loss that has occurred because of this pandemic and how participants can understand and manage the stages of grief including Kessler’s 6th stage, finding meaning. Characteristics of crisis-related stress will be explored along with protective factors and activities to manage stress and promote resilience and guide us down the path of hopefulness. Strategies to build self-efficacy toward emotional, physical, and psychological wellbeing will be shared along with effective ways to communicate and support others who need the same level of support.
Presented by Stephanie Colvin-Roy, Training and Organizational Development Associate, Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning
Bullying Prevention and Social-Emotional Learning: What is One Without the Other?
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 3–4:30 p.m. EST
Both bullying prevention and social emotional learning (SEL) programs can result in positive outcomes for students. However, research suggests that SEL programming alone is not a best practice for bullying prevention but can help when both are integrated into a schoolwide prevention approach. Effective bullying prevention requires a multicomponent approach including classroom-level prevention where SEL instruction takes place. Thus, within bullying prevention efforts, SEL plays an important role and within SEL instruction, an intentional focus on bullying prevention is critical for student well-being. Both are essential for building a positive climate whether in traditional or virtual schools.
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is proven to reduce bullying in schools and it also provides a framework for an effective, comprehensive approach to SEL. Presenters from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program will share research on the relationship between SEL and bullying prevention and discuss how understanding the connection can contribute to a welcoming, safe learning environment. Specific strategies for strengthening SEL skills, reducing bullying, and incorporating both for seamless implementation will be presented.
Presented by Jan Urbanski, Ed.D., Director, and June Jenkins, M.Ed., Training Coordinator, Safe and Humane Schools, Clemson University