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Diana LaRocco Serves on State-Wide Safe School Climate Resource Network

Diana LaRocco, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, has been asked to serve on the State-Wide Safe School Climate Resource Network. LaRocco’s expertise was sought out because of previous research she conducted on bullying. Specifically, in 2007, she was asked by Elaine Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Commission on Children, to help the State Department of Education conduct a state-wide survey of principals on the subject of bullying. 

The Network is a direct result of the 2011 Connecticut anti-bullying statute, Public Act 11-232, which is applicable to public school districts. The law required the State Department of Education to consult with the State Education Resource Center, the Governor's Prevention Partnership, and the Commission on Children to establish a statewide safe school resource network for identifying, preventing, and educating people about school bullying in Connecticut.  The network must (1) collect and analyze data on bullying provided through school district plans and school climate assessments, (2) provide training to noncertified school employees as required by the bill, and (3) provide safe school climate resource material to school boards.It made several sweeping changes to the state's bullying law including the types of conduct that constitute school bullying and the situations where it can occur.

To discuss the work of this committee and LaRocco’s research, contact:
Diana LaRocco at 860.768.5807 or dlarocco@hartford.edu.

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