During the past decade, bullying has increased in frequency and intensely. Technology has added a devastating dimension. One of the terms that are surfacing in our lexicon is bullycide. Bullycide is defined by the online Dictionary as “the act or an instance of killing oneself intentionally as a result of bullying.”
With the help of CHARACTERplus, school communities build a culture of caring; dramatically reducing bullying and increasing academic performance in schools.
On June 25th, Bully Prevention: The CHARACTERplus Way will be offered as a full day workshop at the pre-conference session to the Annual Characterplus Character Education Conference. The workshop will be presented by CHARACTERplus staff members, Tami Bopp and Robin Adkison. Participants will be provided with a tool box of strategies to create a caring community within their school.
The CHARACTERplus Way is a whole-school, whole-child comprehensive approach to impact school climate, bullying and social-emotional competencies.
Participants will walk away with a blueprint that develops a school wide culture building, effective anti-bullying policies and contracts, staff commitment, student involvement in the issues, and skills in prevention and conflict resolution.
Adkison and Bopp have a history of training hundreds of educators and students across the state of Missouri. They were joined last Monday by Tina Meier in a workshop that involved more than 100 educators along with Elementary, Middle and High School students.
Tina Meier will present a break-out session held at the conference on June 26th. Tina Meier lost her daughter, Megan Meier, to cyber-bullying in 2006. Meier knew firsthand the results and the impact bullying has on a child’s development. Therefore, she founded the Megan Meier Foundation, which is dedicated to bring awareness and prevention methods to stop the ongoing bullying in today’s society.
Bully-Prevention: The CHARACTERplusWay pre-conference together with Meier’s break-out session, provides a comprehensive approach to address bullying and cyber-bullying.
“I really enjoyed it all. I thought the variety of material available was wonderful and the keynote speakers were all excellent!”
-2011 Conference Attendee, Middle School, Special Education
“The conference was very rewarding and refreshing to help us maximize the full potential of each student we have the pleasure of teaching each day!”
-2011 conference attendee