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**Sessions and speakers subject to change.


Triage for the Bullied Through a Survivor’s Eyes

Presented by: Jodee Blanco

Session Focus: K-12

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.

Unleash the Hero Within: Personal Responsibility in Bullying Prevention
Presented by: Kevin Epling - Co-Director of Bully Police USA, Anti-bullying Advocate
Session Focus: K-12

This session will be a combination of presentation and open discussion on topical areas of bullying prevention. Kevin's 12 year journey as a parent advocate is chronicled as well as the hits and misses along the way. His message is not to get people to simply "stop bullying" it is to Educate them on the issues,  get them Engaged in the change process and Empower them to act, and Empower them to step up up to those who don't.


Bullying Prevention of Students with Disabilities

Presented by: June Jenkins

Session Focus: K-8

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

Session Focus: K-12

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

Session Focus: K-8

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

Session Focus: K-12

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

Session Focus: K-12

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

Session Focus: K-12

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

Session Focus: K-12

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.

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

Session Focus: K-12

In schools across the nation educators and administrators are tasked with student safety, bullying prevention & more, all while attempting to keep the focus on academic achievement. This seemingly insurmountable task can be achieved when your students are the eyes and ears on the pulse of your school's climate. This presentation will reveal the latest Student Survey data from nearly 4,500 students and schools across the Nation. The Student Survey data delivers invaluable information on how many students are experiencing or witnessing bullying, where bullying is occurring, what happens when students report bullying and more. The data provides School Administrators and School Safety/Threat Assessment Teams with validations they critically need to take immediate action and improve student safety for all students.

Can We Talk?

Presented by: Karin Kasdin

Session Focus: K-12

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

Session Focus: 6-12

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

Session Focus: K-12

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

Session Focus: K-8

"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

Session Focus: K-12

"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

Session Focus: K-12
>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

Session Focus: 6-12

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

Presented by: Dianna Flett

Session Focus: K-5
Girl Smarts is a series of workshops designed to give our young girls motivation and skill sets to move forward with confidence and strength in the years ahead. The Girl Smarts approach combines straight talk and fun activities to bring home the reality of being in control when facing challenges of the world for today's youth. Our workshops focus on the types of issues our young ladies are facing RIGHT NOW in their lives. We look at topics like body image, bullying, relationships, self image, leadership, goal setting and more; our seminar leaders work with your girls to help them understand things of importance they face today and will certainly face tomorrow.

Aggressors Anonymous: 12 Steps to Addressing the Addiction of Online Relational Aggression
Presented by: Stephanie Jensen
Session Focus: 6-12
he anonymity social media offers, its potential for casual, breathtaking cruelty, and its capacity to cloak a bully's identity all present slippery new challenges to this transitional generation of digitally connected teenagers. Learn 12 steps to addressing relational aggression online.

Bullying Prevention/Intervention Through Peer Power

Presented by: Dr. Judith Tindall

Session Focus: K-12
Bullying starts and stops with youth! Come learn a variety of strategies to teach Female Youth Leaders on how to prevent and intervene in bullying (both cyber as well as face to face). Learn about the "power of peers" and how they can reduce bullying behavior in others.


Presented by: Rosalind Wright & Stephanie Price

Session Focus: K-12

This session will attack the overbroad defintion of bullying and look at determining the difference between conflict and actual bullying. This exciting presentation will leave the attendee with a better understanding of bullying and the effect and possible outcomes of bully behavior.

Proven Strategies for School-Based Programs

Presented by: Ellen Kyes

Session Focus: K-8

Take Ten is a curriculum developed at Notre Dame to teach skills to handle bullying and violence. The curriculum is delivered and researched in local schools by college students. Statistically significant improvements in girls in grades 1-8 have led to numerous stand-alone activities and approaches utilized to teach bully-prevention skills.

Public & Permanent: How To Prevent Cyber Bullying, Sexting, Social Media Abuse & Other Cyber Issues
Presented by: Richard Guerry

Session Focus: K-12

  • All attendees will obtain the solution for preventing:
  • Sexting
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Irresponsible Use of Apps
  • Poor Social Media Behaviors
  • Damaging our (Digital) Legacy
  • Many Other Current & Future Cyber Issues

This multi-award winning program provides greater awareness of negative, irresponsible, and malicious digital behaviors and trends and the method to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a cyber-crime, cyberbullying, and digital exploitation. This program is suitable both for tech-savvy and tech-challenged educators and features approaches and activities for helping teachers and students make good digital decisions.

Recognizing and Responding to Relational Aggression

Presented by: Velia Leybas Nuño

Session Focus: K-5

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.

Self-Injury: How to Help Using Creative Media

Presented by: Susan Bowman

Session Focus: 5-12

Learn some of the underlying reasons children/adolescents self-injure and gain new insights and approaches to working with them. After attending this session, participants will be able to identify and use at least 10 creative media approaches useful in working with students who self-injure. More specifically, participants will learn how to use these approaches to help self-injuring children and adolescents to cope, heal, and ultimately find new meaning and purpose in their life so they won't feel the need to self-injure. Techniques will be explored including storytelling, drawing, clay, tactile diversion props, and sand tray.

Start A Mentoring Program For Girls And Change Lives

Presented by: Rainie Howard

Session Focus: K-12

Presented by the author of "Start a Business Mentoring Girls" and Founder of Sisters of Hope, Inc. Rainie Howard will provide educators with step by step strategies on leading a successful mentoring program. Learn how to write a mission and vision for your program. Avoid the #1 mistake most people make when starting a mentoring initiative. Learn how to design, plan and create fun life-changing sessions. Get creative ideas on recruiting volunteers and mentees who can benefit. Learn the secrets of raising funds to support your program expenses. Learn how to establish public relations, partnerships and collaborations with organizations and community groups. Participants will experience interactive leadership development activities, strategic planning lessons, and mastermind brainstorming.

Working Together To Create A Bully-Free Zone

Presented by: Maribel Aguilar & Annette Perez

Session Focus: K-12

United ISD has a multi-faced approach and Anti-Bullying Campaign by utilizing Stay-Away Contracts/School Based Safety Plans, STOP Bullying Contracts, NO Fighting Contracts, training for staff, students and parents on protocols, use of a district wide curriculum, Positive Behavior Facilitators, Friendship/Anti-Bullying activities, contests, etc to ensure we collectively work towards eradicating bullying.


Self-Triggering: Critical Self-Management Skills for Educators and Students

Larry Wilson & Dr. Doug Nelson

Session Focus: K-12

This session will present you with a unique perspective on which to build an effective model of Self-Management and Personal Responsibility. The presenters will draw on their extensive experience in helping youth and adults to:

  1. Recognize risks and hazardous situations [Self-Trigger];
  2. Engage personal skills to achieve a positive outcome [Self-Management].

The session will include a variety of delivery techniques and will require the audience to become active participants.