K-8 Principals Tackle Bullying at Town Hall Meeting in Seattle

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NAESP's Bullying Town Hall Meeting will offer resources, answers, and insight to a problem that affects 18 million children each year.

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We must examine and replicate best practices that prevent bullying in our schools and give all educators the knowledge and skills they need to create a school culture that supports every child’s well-being, safety, and self-confidence.

Principals will collaborate with parents to combat unacceptable levels of bullying and cyberbullying during NAESP's Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, March 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center.

“Elementary principals are profoundly aware of the impact name-calling, bullying, and physical violence have not only on an individual student’s development, but also in disrupting a positive school culture,” NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly says. “We must examine and replicate best practices that prevent bullying in our schools and give all educators the knowledge and skills they need to create a school culture that supports every child’s well-being, safety, and self-confidence.”

Bullying is poised to become an even hotter topic with the release of the controversial documentary, “Bully,” on March 30. Town hall participants can expect to get resources, answers, and insight on how to respond to this provocative film. The town hall meeting will feature:

  •     An elementary principal who created a successful anti-bullying program in his school;
  •     A teacher who manages her classroom to prevent bullying—in and out of the classroom;
  •     Two parents—one with a child who was victimized and one with a child who was a perpetrator—who worked together to stop bullying; and
  •     A world-renowned bullying expert.

NAESP’s Bullying Town Hall, co-sponsored with Education.com, is held in conjunction with NAESP’s Best Practices for Better Schools National Conference and Expo, which occurs March 22-24 at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center and provides principals with knowledge and experiences that will enrich them as education leaders. In addition to the bullying town hall, other conference highlights include the NAESP Community Service Day at Hawthorne Elementary; dynamic addresses by outspoken advocate for public schools, Diane Ravitch, and America’s most inspiring teacher, Rafe Esquith; and insight by education experts such as Charlotte Danielson, Richard DuFour and Rebecca DuFour, Yong Zhao, Jawanza Kunjufu, and Douglas Reeves. More information about the keynote speakers and convention activities can be found at NAESP’s conference website.

For more information about NAESP’s annual conference, visit http://www.naesp.org/2012. Contact Kaylen Tucker (ktucker(at)naesp(dot)org) for press credentials and to arrange interviews.

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Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) serves elementary and middle school principals in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle-level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children.

With over five million visitors a month, Education.com is the fastest growing web destination focused for parents. Education.com gives parents and educators the information they need to help their children reach their full potential and the ideas they want to make learning more fun. From kindergarten readiness through college prep, Education.com offers high quality content, educational activities, printables, and worksheets; engaging video content; a rich community experience; and a resource that provides qualitative and quantitative information about schools across the country. Education.com was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Redwood City, CA. The company is backed by leading venture capital firms, Azure Capital Partners, TeleSoft Partners, and California Technology Ventures. For more information, please visit http://www.education.com.

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