8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Introductions and Greetings
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Plenary Session I: How Recent Research Barnard Auditorium Recommendations and School Surveillance
Impacts Your Bullying Prevention Efforts
1. Present the National Academies Report Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy and Practice.
a. Discuss how to use the recommendations from the report focusing on the recommendation to evaluate the role of stigma and bias in bullying behavior, and develop evidence-based programs to address stigma and bias-based bullying behavior.
- Present the latest National Center of Education Statistics bullying estimates.
a. Discuss the findings and plans for the 2017 School Crime Supplement.
- Present the School-Associated Violent Death Surveillance System.
a. Discuss tracking bullying-related suicides using the School-associated Violent
Death Surveillance System and other surveillance methods to identify antecedents of suicidal behavior.
Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D., M.Ed., Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Rachel Hansen, Ph.D.,* Educational Statistician, Cross-Sectional Surveys Branch, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Plenary Session II: Federal Legal Barnard Auditorium Responses to Harassment and Bullying
1. Explore the work of each office including guidance documents.
2. Provide an overview of each of the offices’ jurisdiction over harassment.
3. Examine the legal standards for enforcement.
4. Walk through the process for filing complaints, investigations, and resolution of cases. 5. Highlight case examples related to different types of harassment.
Torey Cummings, J.D., M.S.W., Senior Trial Attorney and USAO Coordinator, Educational Opportunities Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Alice Yao, J.D., Attorney, Program Legal Group, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
Michelle Tucker, J.D., Attorney, Division of Educational Equity, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education
Marlene Sallo, J.D., Chief of Staff & Senior Counsel, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Plenary Session III: Expand Your Barnard Auditorium Bullying Prevention Efforts Through the Use of Emergency Operations Planning
- Gain an understanding of the connection between bullying prevention and emergency operations planning.
- Explore the six preparedness missions of emergency operations planning.
- Examine the resources available to measure school climate – a key component of both bullying prevention and emergency operations planning.
- Operationalize folding bullying prevention efforts into emergency operations planning. Discuss the challenges and best practices of this approach.
Moderator: Sarah Sisaye, M.P.H., CHES; Management and Program Analyst, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Madeline Sullivan, M.A., Education Program Analyst, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Rita Foy Moss, M.Ed., Education Program Analyst, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Gina Kahn, Ed.D., CAGS, Safe and Healthy Students Programs Director for the Hampden- Wilbraham Regional School District
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Plenary Session IV: Strategies to Create Barnard Auditorium Safe, Understanding, and Inclusive Academic Environments
1. Gain an understanding of identity- based bullying and tools to prevent and mitigate it.
2. Learn strategies and approaches to create a culture of inclusion and understanding within schools and classrooms to prevent and reduce bullying.
3. Gain basic cultural competency of Islam and Sikhism.
4. Learn the mental health effects of bullying on Muslim youth and how to prevent and reduce bullying and discrimination.
5. Learn best practices and specific strategies on how to improve the school climate and reduce bullying of Sikh youths
Moderator: Steffie Rapp, M.S.W., Juvenile Justice Specialist, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Education
Jinnie Spiegler, M.Ed., Director of Curriculum in the National Education Division of the Anti- Defamation League
Farha Abbasi, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Staff Psychiatrist, Olin Health Center; Faculty, Muslim Studies Program; Director, Muslim Mental Health Conference; Managing Editor, Journal of Muslim Mental Health, Michigan State University
Sapreet Kaur, M.B.A., Executive Director, Sikh Coalition
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Various Meeting Rooms) Breakout I: StopBullying.Gov Demonstration
Purpose: To provide an overview of the many features of the StopBullying.gov website, including prevention center training materials, the media guidelines, and our social media efforts to reach a variety of audiences from parents to teens.
Goal: To inform attendees about the data and resources available on StopBullying.gov for a variety of audiences and solicit feedback on the site through Q & A during the session.
Silje Lier, M.P.H., Digital Communications Specialist, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Siobhan Mueller, Partner, Widmeyer Communications
Breakout II: Physician’s Project
Breakout III: Discussion about Bullying Based on Gender, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation
- To help representatives from state education agencies and local education agencies gain an understanding about the experiences of bullying and the effects of it on LGBT students.
- To discuss both local and nationwide trends in the prevalence and characteristics of bullying of students who are LGBT based on research conducted by advocates.
- To share resources and learn best practices for addressing bullying of LGBT students among educators, mental health professionals, community and advocacy groups, and students and parents.
Moderator: Elliot Kennedy, Special Expert for LGBT Affairs, Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Harsh Voruganti, Principal and Founder, the Voruganti Law Firm; Hindu American Foundation
Nathan Smith, M.A., Director of Public Policy, GLSEN
Diana Bruce, Director of Health and Wellness for District of Columbia Public Schools James van Kuilenburg, Student
Breakout IV: Addressing Harassment and Bullying of Students Who Are Muslim or Are Perceived to be Muslim
- To help representatives from state education agencies and local education agencies gain an understanding about the experiences of bullying and the effects of it on students who are Muslim and perceived to be Muslim.
- To discuss both local and nationwide trends in the prevalence and characteristics of bullying of students who are Muslim or perceived to be Muslim based on surveys conducted by advocates.
- To share resources and learn best practices for addressing bullying of students who are Muslim and perceived to be Muslim among educators, mental health professionals, community and advocacy groups, and students and parents.
Moderator: Jasjit Singh, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice
Hana Mangat, Student Shaheer Mirza, Student
Breakout V: Supports, Interventions and Best Practices to Prevent Bullying of Students with Disabilities
- Discuss the characteristics and prevalence of bullying of students with disabilities, including how bullying affects student’s ability to access educational resources.
- Discuss how students with disabilities experience bullying.
- Sharing best practices and resources for addressing and preventing bullying of students with disabilities.
Moderator: Marlene Sallo, J.D., Chief of Staff & Senior Counsel, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice
Curt Decker, Executive Director for the National Disability Rights Network
Julie Hertzog, Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, Director, PACER Center’s National Bullying Prevention Center
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break/Make Way to Auditorium for Closing
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