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Bullying on Independent School Campuses, January 20, 2011 at Choate Rosemary Hall (RR Commons)
Motto for the day: If it's mean, intervene!
  • 9:45 Registration and coffee

  • 10:00 - 11:30 Managing Bullying through the Lens of School Climate Improvement: Insuring Student Success; Jo Ann Freiberg, Ph.D., Educational Consultant, Connecticut State Department of Education. Understanding the landscape of "bullying" and how it is diminished by focusing on improving school climate and school connectedness is essential for holistic student success, academic and social. This address will focus on creating such a solid foundation to insure that adults who work with students understand what must be "non-negotiable" in our schools to foster student engagement and success.

  • 11:30 - 12:15 Lunch

  • 12:30 - 1:30 Bullying, Anti-Bullying Legislation and School Safety; Attorney Christopher Brigham, Principal, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. This session will provide a brief overview of the legislation in Connecticut and other states aimed at preventing bullying in schools. Attorney Brigham will discuss specific cases, the rising threat of cyber bullying, and provide helpful guidance on what policies and procedures schools should implement to better protect their students and minimize the risk of liability. Click here for Christopher Brigham's Powerpoint:

  • 1:45 - 2:00 Round Table Discussions

  • 2:00 - 3:00 Digital Natives to Digital Citizens; Dirk A. DeLo, Ph.D., Director of Technology and Information Services and Melissa Cassis, Middle School Coordinator, Greenwich Academy. What is the digital identity of students and how can we harness that to develop a sense of digital citizenship? The challenge for educators and parents is that many of our kids know more than we do. Technology at any school is an incredible academic tool and a significant social force as it is a critical means of communication for most of our students. Technology has created strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in school programs and especially in the school experience, similar to what parents may have experienced at home. It is a HUGE topic in public and private schools and in the media. It heightens responsibility and accountability for parents and educators in understanding where that line of demarcation is. Stakes are high in terms of potential vulnerability of the kids and so are anxiety levels. It’s important for educators to feel empowered as ambassadors for your school. This presentation will share what one school is doing to promote digital citizenship and then provide practical steps educators and parents can take. Click here for Dirk and Melissa's Presentation: