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Fall Seminar: School Bullying, Students with Disabilities, and School Safety

Published: November 7, 2018

“If it takes a village to raise a child, then it may take a village to help prevent and eliminate bullying of our children. Bullying and harassment has taken on epidemic proportions. Bullying does not stop when the dismissal bell rings. Let’s explore what schools and communities can do to help address this chronic problem.” – Jon Akers

Join us in person or online for our Fall Seminar series on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 1 – 3pm ET to learn more about “School Bullying, Students with Disabilities, and School Safety.”

Learn more from experts Jon Akers, Mark Newton, Sycarah Fisher, and Zach Goble. The seminar will be held at the UK Coldstream Research Campus Human Development Institute Training Room 1525 Bull Lea Road, Lexington KY. A link to the live video stream of the seminar will be sent to registrants.

Click here to register for the seminar. For help registering, contact walt.bower@uky.edu.

Presenters:

Jon Akers, MA, Executive Director, Kentucky Center for School Safety
Sycarah Fisher, PhD, Assistant Professor, School Psychology, University of Kentucky
Zach Goble, EdS, School Psychologist, Scott County Schools

Overview:

Students cannot learn to their full potential and teachers cannot teach in an environment in which they feel unsafe. This session will begin with a brief history of school bullying and school violence, with a particular focus on the current climate in schools for students with disabilities. The presenters will also discuss intervention efforts to decrease bullying in schools, including approaches to preventing electronic bullying. The session will conclude by outlining how to ensure a culture of safety and create more inclusive environments for the success of all students.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of the history of school bullying for students with disabilities.
  2. Learn intervention approaches to decreasing bullying.
  3. Become familiar with the key challenges to creating a more inclusive school environments for the success of all students.

Photo by Justin Meredith.