On November 11, 2013, CHPDP had the honor of presenting several workshops at the International Bullying Prevention Association’s Annual Conference, held in Nashville Tennessee. The following is a brief overview of the CHPDP presentations:
Allison Messina presented a workshop entitled: Estimating the Cost Benefit of Bullying Prevention in your School; Preventing Student Withdrawal Adds to the Bottom Line.
This presentation allowed school-based personnel, and other professionals, to identify strategies to calculate costs that result when a child leaves a school district due to bullying. Participants learned the importance of knowing the costs associated with bullying and the financial impact that a school can realize when those costs are avoided through effective bullying prevention program.
Additional objectives of this workshop included:
- Identifying the types of information needed to develop effective survey tools that track the number of students who leave school as a direct result of bullying incidents.
- Identifying the types of data needed in order to calculate a school’s financial costs related to early school leaving and bullying.
Shiryl Barto and Diana Schroeder presented a workshop entitled: Olweus Quality Assurance System, the Broader Impact of Fidelity.
This session focused on the Olweus Quality Assurance System (OQAS) that was developed in 2009-2010 and has been piloted for two years in Pennsylvania. This session also discussed the eight Pennsylvania schools that have obtained OQAS certification. An overview of the OQAS process in sustaining the OBPP with the prescribed fidelity and dosage was presented.
Karla Good presented a workshop entitled: Creating a Safe School Climate for LGBT Students.
This session defined the term “school climate,” and discussed the benefits of creating a positive school climate for all students. Additionally, the harsh realities that LGBT students face on a daily basis in schools across the country, was discussed, and strategies to assist educators and other school-based personnel in creating safe and accepting school climates for LGBT students was presented.