Citizens For A Better Norwood

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Xavier Co-Sponsors Anti-Bullying Institute 2010

Educators and Parents Unite to Combat Bullying

On June 17th & 18th from 8:30am-4:00pm, DISCO, Mayerson Academy and Xavier University will present a seminar on bullying for educators, parents and any interested in reversing this disturbing trend at Mayerson Academy 2650 Highland Avenue. Cost for the two-day seminar is $275. Special rates are available if a group of staff and/or parents from a school or district attend. A group of 5-9 receives a $25.00 discount per person. A group of 10 or more receives a discount of $50.00 per person. Pre-registration is required. This is an excellent seminar for PTA/PTO members. To register, log on to

“Every day, there is a new incident of bullying either locally or nationally where a child was either physically or emotionally damaged, discrimination occurred, or in some cases the student committed suicide,” says Tracy DuEst, M.Ed, Program Director of DISCO (Developing Inclusive Schools, Communities, and Organizations).

Day 1 of the institute will be devoted to understanding bullying and moving toward solutions. Bullying will be presented as an abuse of power that harms all - the bullies themselves, their victims, observers of bullying (often overlooked), educators, families, and community members. Related to this objective is a more nuanced and research-based understanding of the types of school climates and situations that are more conducive to bullying. Strategies for self-awareness and action steps that individuals can take to combat bullying will be provided. And, since the most effective actions are collaborative, practical team-based strategies for preventing and combating bullying will be provided.

Day 2 will offer sessions to prevent or reverse bullying, including understanding and combating cyber-bullying.