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CHPDP to Host Bullying Prevention Retreat for Administrators

This event, planned and presented by Windber Research Institute and funded through the Highmark Foundation’s Bullying Prevention Institute, will provide administrators an opportunity to examine their strategies for engaging teachers effectively around bullying prevention and other school climate factors.

James Dillon will be returning this year to share strategies from his new book entitled “No Place for Bullying: Leadership for Schools That Care for Every Student.” Mr. Dillon has been an educator for over 35 years, including 20 years as a school administrator. Additionally, he is an Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer and the developer and author of the Peaceful School Bus program.

The workshop will explore the following core elements of effective leadership for bullying prevention:

  • Understanding the elusive and complex nature of the problem of bullying in schools
  • Linking bullying prevention to the core mission and purpose of educating students
  • Garnering community commitment to that goal rather than just compliance to a program
  • Developing the right mindset and tools for the challenge of bullying prevention
  • Facilitating the changes required for effective bullying prevention
  • Learn strategies for interpreting data and translating it into meaningful school wide goals

Anticipated outcomes for attendees include:

  • Greater insight into why certain bullying prevention efforts appear to get stuck
  • Having a set of specific strategies for changing the “hearts and minds” of school community-getting unstuck and moving in the right direction.
  • Developing a strategy for using data in a meaningful way
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