International Bullying Prevention Conference

NOVEMBER 5, 2017


Olweus Day
8:00 am – 4:00 pm $95

Each year, certified OBPP Trainers-Consultants gather to network, to share experiences from their work, hear OBPP updates and review new tools and research. Program updates and research will be reviewed and discussed along with works of other invited guests. You must be a certified OBPP trainer/consultant to attend this session. (Lunch on your own, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm)

Restorative Practices
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, $95

This workshop will explore the application of using the “restorative practices” in a school or community setting.  Restorative Practices (RP) include not only a philosophical set of beliefs but also include a range of both proactive (preventative) approaches to build community and reactive (responsive) responses to “wrong-doing”. This workshop will also describe and demonstrate practices along the RP continuum including affective statements, questions, conversations, circles and formal conferences. Learn how to (re)think traditional responses to disruptive classroom behavior, student-to-student disagreements and even staff to staff conflicts. (Lunch on your own, 11:30 am – 12:45  pm)

 Lee Rush, M.Ed., is the executive director of justCommunity, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Quakertown, PA. that provides training and consultation services to communities, schools and organizations in the area of youth development, community mobilization strategies, student assistance programs and restorative practices. Rush is also an instructor and consultant with the International Institute for Restorative Practices, the world’s first graduate school dedicated solely to Restorative Practices.


Bullying Prevention Best Practices
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, $65

Following definitions of bullying and cyberbullying, participants will learn specific techniques and strategies that will help them develop a better understanding of offline and online bullying behavior. They will review research-based best practices and learn practical guidelines for implementing a whole-school approach to preventing peer abuse. Participants will also discuss myths about bullying, ways to acknowledge positive behavior, and to empower bystanders to help targets of bullying. The presentation will give participants practical ways to ensure that their schools have peaceful learning environments where positive and respectful behaviors are practiced in order for all students to achieve academic success as well as personal and interpersonal success.

Dawn Jaeger is a school social worker with AEA 267 in Iowa. Recognized as the 2012 Iowa School Social Worker of the Year, Jaeger has 20 years of experience in the field of bullying prevention and provides training in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Check and Connect, School Wide Information Systems and other culture and climate issues.

Kathleen Lockard, Olweus technical assistant consultant, is from Afton, Iowa and offers a wealth of knowledge and experience with implementing bullying prevention programs.

You Can't "Unfriend" Everyone: Interrupting and Responding to Bias
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, $65

Hateful rhetoric and incivility can be commonplace in our society. Have you ever heard something prejudiced but weren't sure how to respond?  Or tried to intervene in bullying but aren't sure you were effective?  Or gotten angry at a family member who said biased things, but froze up when you tried to respond? This workshop will examine identity, explicit/implicit bias and how this affects the way we interact with others. It will also focus on empowering participants with identifying practical skills and strategies to help prepare you to challenge and respond to biased behaviors.  

Erin Beacham is the Education Project Director for the Southeast Region of the Anti-Defamation League. Grew up in Atlanta, but spent 15 years in North Carolina. Her undergrad degree is in Psychology and African American Studies from Guilford College and Master’s degree is in Peace and Conflict Studies from University of North Carolina at Greensboro.