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Breakout Sessions**

**Sessions and speakers subject to change.

 

Defining the Lines: Legacy Issues Relating to Sexting

Presented by: Dr. Shaheen Shariff

Description to follow.

 

Triage for the Bullied Through a Survivor’s Eyes

Presented by: Jodee Blanco

Jodee will reveal what you should never say to a bullied child and why; what you should say and do; how the bully and the victim are flipsides of the same coin and how to identify and assist both; the two types of popular students; the typical profile of the bullied child; how to intervene with a bullied child one-on-one or in a group; why traditional punishment often fails and how to supplement it with a more enlightened technique; how to deal with the parents of bullies and/or victims; how to spot the warning signs a victim may be suicidal or contemplating retaliation; where to turn for support; and other vital information.

She will also reveal deeply personal insights such as: the worst mistakes the adults in her life made and what she wishes they would have done different; the most common complaints she hears from bullied students today, and what they want their teachers and parents to know but don't have the courage to tell them. Jodee's entire focus from start to finish will be to touch hearts, open minds, and most importantly, give hope.

 

Recognizing and Responding to Relational Aggression

Presented by: Kait Shinaberry & Velia Leybas Nuño

We will teach the audience how to teach girls what relational aggression looks like, feels like, sounds like, and how to respond. To do so, we will use an adapted, evidenced-based, psychosocial curriculum that we have implemented among fifth and sixth grade girls in a small group setting.

 

Bullying Prevention of Students with Disabilities

Presented by: June Jenkins

Students with disabilities are more likely than their peers to be bullied. When bullying is directed at a child because of his or her established disability and it creates a hostile environment at school, the behavior may cross the line and become "disability harassment." This session will discuss what bullying is and isn't, risk factors for students being bullied, strategies for dealing with bullying of students with disabilities and a school's legal responsibility to protect students.

 

Black Girl Blues Strategies for Dealing with Intra Racial Bullying

Presented by: Carolyn Strong

Why do some girls become angry and lash out – most likely at each other? Black Girl Blues -- facilitated by anti-bullying advocate Carolyn Strong -- elucidates the historical cultural and social factors behind girl bullying among African Americans today. Learn to identify and combat negative imagery. This interactive presentation is geared toward teachers, administrators and other direct service workers

 

Gritty Girls Do Better in Schools - And in Life

Presented by: Beth Dusin

Gritty girls are more resilient in adversity, bouncing back after failure and disappointment even when progress is not obvious. They are more successful than others, particularly in very challenging situations. This session will examine the research about grit and share some down and dirty ideas for encouraging grittiness in girls.

 

Making Parents Allies

Presented by: Stephanie Plain Potter

Making Parents Allies is designed to assist parents, educators, and students in bully prevention. It gives a concrete plan to involve parents in bully prevention that includes current research, a detailed involvement process, and practical activities and strategies. Thus, the participants have a step-by-step blueprint that can be implemented across grade levels and social and economic lines. MPA introduces ideas for a comprehensive program that incorporates all stakeholders in bully prevention that is custom designed based on the needs of the participants. Research and charts will be given to assist the participants in seeing current data as well as activities that can immediately use.

 

Be CLASSY: A Proven Research-Based Anti-Bullying & Self-Esteem Building Program for Schools and Communities

Presented by: Kem Cazier

Be CLASSY involves 6 strong pillars of social successes including gratitude, optimism, generosity, service, motivation, and self esteem. This approach has drastically decreased bullying behaviors in the institutions and schools where it has been implemented. School office referrals have declined by 92%. Be CLASSY received the Promising Practice Award for 2013 from CEP. (Character Education Partnership)

 

You Don't Have to be a 'Mean Girl': Helping School Age Girls with Relational Aggression

Presented by: Felicia Shepherd

Relational Aggression is a growing concern in schools primarily because school age girls based relationship on outward appearances instead of taking the time to get to know each other. The purpose of this workshop is to examine the various forms of relational aggression, provide methods to assist girls in finding similarities among each other, the value of friendship, as well strategies in conflict resolution.

 

Behavior Pattern Recognition for School Violence

Presented by: Vaughn Baker

This presentation DOES NOT focus on trying to establish a "profile" but rather "behavioral patterns" that can be recognized in advance as well as socio-economic risk factors that contribute to potentially future "violent" behavior" escalation and boundary probing behavior by the attacker. RECOGNIZING "behavioral pre-cursors" is just part of the equation to preventing these incidents. APPROACHING, INTERVIEWING (passive & targeted), DE-ESCALATION strategies for at risk students or persons that are exhibiting risk indicators is also a significant part of this course through education and practical exercises. An overview of the information gathering process of how school personnel OR SRO's can conduct a risk assessment as well as preparing and implementing a mitigation plan to de-escalate the possibility of violence is also covered.

 

Waking Up Courage: Empowering Students to Prevent and Stop Bullying

Presented by: Rick Phillips

Bullying and cyber-bullying happen everyday. Adults cannot solve the problem alone. Students are in the best position to stop all types of meanness,because of what the see, hear and know. This workshop presents an evidence-based model for knowing how to equip and empower bystanders to intervene safely and effectively.


Bridging the Information Gap: Key Insight from a NEW Student Survey Reveals What Students Know &  School Officials Don't about Bullying and Cyber Bullying and Much More

Presented by: Rick Shaw

Description to follow.


Can We Talk?

Presented by: Karin Kasdin

Let's put theory aside for a moment and get practical. By the end of this session participants will have a "bag of tricks" to use in their work with girls. Tried, tested, and proven activities will engage girls in conversation about what it means to be a woman today while encouraging them to share their inner selves. The "Girl Talk" program is easy to learn and opens girls\' hearts and minds to new ways of thinking about sisterhood.


Countering Gendered Bullying and Cyberbullying: Lessons from Ontario Education Law

Presented by: Rebecca Katz

Ontario has revamped its Education Act to better address bullying. The Act implements several evidence-based factors, which are as relevant to educators as they are to legislators – perhaps more so. I suggest ways educators may transform the values and duties articulated in Ontario law into concrete strategies for schools.


Female Aggression & Violence: Helping Our Youth

Presented by: Penelope Martin-Knox

During this session, attendees will gain an understanding of the behaviors associated with female aggression and strategies to prevent and intervene. Prevention strategies to address behaviors in elementary school through high schools, as well as techniques to address activities/behaviors. Content will focus on research, as well as data gathered from focus groups, and interviews with students and adults alike.


I'm a Keeper!

Presented by: Tracie Berry-McGhee

"I'm a Keeper!" gives educators a toolkit to engage middle school girls in gender-specific mentoring circles, utilizing bibliotherapy, journaling and creative expression. Tools to develop a sense of self, a sense of belonging and sense of community in girls. A therapeutic approach that encompasses prevention, intervention and awareness.


In Her Shoes

Presented by: Marguerite Ferrara

"In Her Shoes" is a program for middle school girls, that defines relational aggression in all forms including exclusion, rumors, gossip, sexting and cyber bullying. The program provides strategies to empower girls, encourage empathy, raise awareness and promote changes that lead to a more productive academic and social environment.


My Name is Not B.....

Presented by: Betty Maceo

This workshop will address the effects relational aggression/bullying has on African American girls. Although we know relational aggression/ bullying affect all girls, African American girls in particular experience relational aggresion/bullying in additional ways because there are more variables which can be used to launch hurtful attacks. In this workshop we will explore those variables as well as ways to help all girls, but particularly African American girls feel good about themselves and form healthy friend relationships


P.E.A.R.L.S. Mentoring Program

Presented by: Dione Facey-Poitier, Erin Rifkin & Jaime David

P.E.A.R.L.S. began in 2008, as a platform to connect girls with successful women mentors. Primarily, P.E.A.R.L.S. is a vehicle for girls (Pearls) to discuss the issues that impact them including self-image, interpersonal skills, self-discipline, academic success and forward thinking during bi-weekly activities and hands-on experiences. Pearls evolve into responsible leaders!

Girl Smarts: Building Everyday Leaders

Presented by: Dianna Flett

Girl Smarts is the brainchild of Dianna Flett, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who, working with a local elementary school counselor, created this after school program designed to enhance the confidence, self esteem and strength of 4th and 5th grade girls prior to heading into their middle school years.  A New York University study conducted by Dr. Robin Goodman pinpoints nine years old as the age when a young girl's self esteem peaks.  Girl Smarts reaches and teaches girls to help move them forward as everyday leaders in their own lives.  Using a dynamic mix of hands on activities, straight talk and constantly updated research inputs, Girl Smarts is receiving exceptional results and feedback from both educators and parents of the girls the program touches.  This breakout discusses the general approach, the concepts and shares the results of this program currently spreading through Virginia.