International Bullying Prevention Conference
C3. Building Protective School Communities & Preventing Bullying through Social-Emotional Learning

, Professor, University of Florida

Increasingly, schools are being charged with the task of creating safe spaces for youth, staff/teachers, and their families. As a result, school district administrators have turned to social-emotional learning (SEL) approaches to promote protective factors that can deter violence and encourage all school members to work toward caring and inclusive communities. In this workshop, Professor Espelage will present promising SEL approaches to bully/violence prevention that adults and youth in schools can employ on a daily basis in classrooms. These strategies or skills will be situated within a discussion of how the larger school environment can support youth and adults in a constant school improvement process.