On March 10th, 2011, following President Obama’s White House Bullying Prevention Conference, AFT launched its national bullying prevention campaign, See a bully, Stop a bully. A number of activities and events are scheduled as part of the campaign including regional institutes and webinars.
None scheduled at this time. Please check back later.
October 13, 2011, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Press Delete on Digital Abuse – Kate Reilly, Start Strong
The rapid evolution of digital media and technology brings extraordinary opportunities as well as serious risks for young people. Students can explore, connect, create and learn in ways never before imagined thanks to the immense power of smartphones, Facebook and online applications. But issues that emerge with this 24/7 connected culture—from cyberbullying to stalking—are threatening school safety and distracting students from classroom learning. Learn information and practical skills to help educators empower their students to be safe, responsible and savvy as they navigate this fast paced digital world. This webinar offers quick strategies for seeing and stopping cyberbullying, including how to turn students into "upstanders" against abuse; describes model school policies for preventing and responding to sexting, digital disrespect and cyberstalking; and gives easy to use tools to help educators prepare kids to draw and defend healthy digital boundaries.
October 5, 2011, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Creating Safe Spaces for LGBT Students
In this webinar, participants will engage in careful consideration of the school experiences of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) students and learn how to create safe spaces for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Through presentation of research, research-based strategies, and promising practices, participants will be provided with resources and a toolkit to assist them in ensuring a safe environment for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Robert McGarry, Ed.D. is the Director of Training and Curriculum Development for GLSEN-Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.
September 22, 2011, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
What Every Educator Should Know About Internet Privacy
Daniel Solove will discuss the challenges schools must face with Internet privacy: social media, cyberbullying, sexting and searching electronic devices. Through a series of concrete examples, Professor Solove will explain how various privacy problems can be addressed and prevented. What should educators know about new online technologies? What must they know about the law? What can they do to help educate students about the perils and pitfalls of the digital world? How can they better handle incidents involving cyberbullying and sexting?
Daniel Solove is the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School and the founder of TeachPrivacy, a company that helps schools handle privacy issues.
June 2, 2011, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Safe and Supportive Schools: Creating Environments Where Everyone Can Learn
Kids can't learn if they don't feel safe and secure. Period. It's that simple. In his remarks, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education Kevin Jennings, who heads the federal Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, will focus on school safety as an education issue that detracts from a student's ability to focus on learning. He will discuss how to create truly safe schools—where every student feels like they belong, where every student feels secure and where every student feels valued.
CANCELLED: May 5, 2011, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
Developing a Personal and Cultural Framework for Combating Bullying (This webinar has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule at a later date.)
David Shriberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of School Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
The challenge of combating bullying is exceptionally taxing, requiring all stakeholders in education to work collaboratively to tap into their personal and professional toolboxes and moral compasses to be maximally effective. While every scenario is different, in the end bullying behaviors reflect an abuse of power that take place within a particular cultural and societal context. This webinar will focus on ways in which educators can view, prevent, and respond to bullying situations using a cultural lens. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing a personal framework regarding bullying and then translating this framework to action using participatory and culturally responsive practices. The goal is for attendees to emerge from this webinar feeling empowered through enhanced personal awareness and an expanded professional tool kit.
April 6, 2011, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
SEE a Bully – STOP a Bully
Our first webinar will serve as a launch to a series of topics related to bullying – impact on LGBT students, impact on students with disabilities, English language learners, bullying based on culture and ethnicity, safe and supportive school communities, and cyber bullying. Participants will hear more about AFT’s campaign, how to access resources, and opportunities to connect with other stakeholders. It will be facilitated by Dr. Lisa Thomas, Associate Director, Educational Issues, AFT.