The College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) in collaboration with the Hartford Public School System and the Ceceilyn Miller Institute for Leadership and Diversity in America focused on the problem of bullying in our schools at the New England Anti-Bullying Conference held on campus in December, 2011. It was the first major initiative for the University of Hartford and the Hartford Public Schools since entering into an affiliation agreement on June 15, 2011, to establish a framework for research, education, and innovation between the two institutions. The cyclical nature of the research being done on bullying in schools in which data is collected and analyzed, new strategies are developed and implemented in the schools, and where outcomes are further studied is the kind of relevant research ENHP’s Institute for Translational Research promotes.
WFSB Channel 3 reported on the event - YouTube Vido Clip
A Climate of Respect: the Antidote to Bullying Behavior
Leading national experts shared their research findings and experiences with teachers, school administrators, psychologists, social workers, early childhood educators, public safety personnel, and others. The variety of fields represented by those in attendance was testament to the need for all those who work with children to be able to understand and address bullying. “It was an amazing opportunity to be able to participate in learning about such a pressing concern in schools. I felt empowered by so many of the speakers and actionable to go back to my school with tools and suggestions to share with colleagues and support kids who feel they are being treated badly.” Alexandra Murphy, Third Grade Teacher, Literacy, Achievement First Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York
Throughout the day there were discussions about the language of bullying and the suggestion that terms such as bully, bullying, tattler, and tattling be banished and replaced by good and bad behavior and respectful and disrespectful attitudes. Researchers noted that traditional methods that involve confronting the bully have far less impact on the bully’s behavior and the bullied than does intervention to stop the bully behavior and increasing efforts to support and include the bully's victim. Therefore the focus on creating a positive school climate is paramount to preventing bullying.
If you are interested in learning more about the issue of bullying in schools and the work of the expert conference presenters, see the following list of presenters names, titles, and relevant websites:
National School Climate Center
Author and Researcher
Jo Ann Freiberg
Connecticut State Department of Education
Michael Fowlin (Conference Keynote Speaker)
Clinical Psychologist and Stage Performer
Associate Professor of Psychology at Cheyney University, PA
Ceceilyn Miller Institute for Leadership and Diversity in America
Certified School Psychologist
Senior TrainerCeceilyn Miller Institute for Leadership and Diversitiy in America