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Confronting and Working to Reduce Bullying Behaviors in School Settings

(Grades 1-8)

Presented by Jo Ann Freiberg
Outstanding Educator and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Teachers, Playground Supervisors, Paraprofessionals, Counselors, Administrators, and Other Education Professionals Serving Grades 1-8

  • Practical strategies and methods for intervening and confronting bullying behaviors in classrooms, playgrounds, hallways, cafeterias, buses, and other school settings
  • Dozens of practical ideas for both early and “crisis” intervention with bullies, targets and bystanders
  • Research-based intervention strategies for creating and maintaining “bully-free” school settings
  • Specific and differentiated strategies for girls and for boys who bully
  • Extensive resource handbook filled with ready-to-use ideas for confronting bullying behaviors and how to work successfully with bullies to reduce such behavior in the future

Practical Strategies

Of growing concern among educators is the increase in bullying behaviors observed in classrooms, on playgrounds, at bus stops, in the cafeteria, in the bathrooms, hallways and locker rooms of today’s schools. More than ever education professionals need strategies to successfully intervene with students who bully and ways to support those students that are the targets of bullying behaviors. If you are looking for practical ways to intervene and confront bullies and bullying behaviors, if you want ideas for how to support those that are bullied and if you are looking to expand your repertoire of tools for reducing bullying behavior, this seminar is for you! Jo Ann Freiberg will present this NEW seminar that is jam-packed with practical and proven methods for confronting bullies, supporting targets of bullying behavior and ultimately, diminishing and eliminating bullying in schools. She will share ideas for creating respectful settings regardless of the adult-to-student ratio. Participants will learn highly practical techniques that will help to intervene with and prevent bullying before and after it surfaces as well as appropriate methods to intervene and educate youngsters in better ways to communicate and interact together when conflicts do occur. You will learn how to establish effective and consistent school-wide responses to bullying in both boys and girls, set appropriate rules and expectations, teach and supervise respectfully and effectively, teach and allow children to resolve their own conflicts, and many other aspects which are central to creating the kinds of school settings of which we can all be proud. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn how to intervene effectively with bullying to make your school the best place it can be!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Practical Ways to Confront Bullies and Bullying Behaviors
    Intervene consistently and effectively with bullies, targets and bystanders … Dozens of realistic techniques and strategies to manage and deal with bullying behaviors
  2. Specific Age and Gender Intervention Strategies
    Explore the differences between boys’ and girls’ aggression and how to deal with bullying behaviors girl-to-girl, boy-to-boy, girl-to-boy and boy-to-girl … Age appropriate strategies specifically designed for primary students, intermediate students and middle school students in grades 1-8
  3. Recognize and Reduce Bullying Behaviors in Various School Settings
    Learn where bullying behaviors happen and how to successfully intervene in a variety of school settings such as the restroom, playground, hallway, bus stop, locker room, classroom, and cafeteria
  4. Expand Your Repertoire for Handling Bullying Behaviors
    Receive numerous, proven techniques for confronting bullies and preventing bullying behaviors … Specific ideas based on the gender and age of the bully and their targets
  5. Create a Climate of Respect
    Specific ideas for creating a respectful environment in your school, on the playground, on the bus or in the cafeteria … Explore the detailed components of respect and learn what it looks, feels and sounds like so that you can guide children in learning what it means to respect adults and peers in academic and social settings
  6. Reduce Your Frustration and Strengthen Your Behavior Management Skills
    Lower your frustration and stress by implementing ready-to-use strategies that build your confidence and skills when dealing with bullies and bullying behaviors ... Establish and reinforce desired behavior while stopping inappropriate behaviors
  7. Deal Successfully with Difficult, Defiant Students
    Common sense, proven strategies and techniques to manage and work with the most difficult and annoying behavior issues … Utilize proactive methods to respectfully, yet authoritatively confront even the most challenging students
  8. Explore a Variety of Conflict Resolution Strategies
    Help all your students acquire the skills to solve conflicts appropriately without adult intervention … Learn step-by-step techniques that encourage and enable students to resolve conflicts on their own
  9. Help and Support the Students who are Targets of Bullies
    Practical ways to help students who are the target of bullying behaviors … Ideas that empower targeted students to assertively and respectfully deal with bullies on the playground, in the classroom, at the bus stop, in the locker room, in the restroom, in the cafeteria, and in the hallway
  10. Receive a Valuable Resource Handbook
    You will receive a comprehensive resource handbook loaded with easy-to-implement strategies and practical ideas to take back to your own school setting

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Extremely practical, proven and highly effective strategies and techniques for intervening with and confronting students who bully
  • How to create physically, emotionally safe and respectful school environments to intervene with, prevent and ultimately eliminate bullying in schools
  • Specific ways to significantly decrease bullying behaviors in boys and girls
  • Age and gender specific strategies for dealing with bullying behaviors
  • Sane and sound set of rules and consequences for classroom and school-wide settings that promote engaging and rigorous learning while reducing and ultimately eliminating bullying behaviors
  • How to listen fairly and effectively to diffuse and de-escalate minor disagreements and confrontations
  • Appropriate consequences for misbehavior that keep students active, engaged and less likely to misbehave in the future
  • Proactive response techniques that keep minor behaviors from becoming major problems
  • How to lower your frustration and increase your confidence for dealing with students who bully
  • A variety of age-specific conflict resolution strategies that empower children to be kind, respectful and responsible
  • Practical techniques to manage and teach children to behave respectfully, interact cooperatively and stand up for others when necessary
  • What to do when children who bully continue to disrupt and cause problems for others
  • How to utilize adults in school effectively to intervene and create safe, enjoyable and positive academic and social opportunities
  • When to intervene, how to do it effectively, and how and when to leave children alone to solve their own problems
  • Ways to reduce confrontational behaviors in your classroom, on the playground, in the hallway, on your school bus, in the locker room, and in the cafeteria
  • Numerous techniques for teaching assertive, respectful communication skills to all your students in order to prevent and eliminate bullying behaviors

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

“Bullying” has been a part of schooling since there have been schools. In the American context, it has only really been since the Columbine High School rampage school shooting that educators have given bullying the targeted focus it truly deserves. The majority of states throughout the country have passed anti-bullying laws or are in the final stages of doing so. Dealing with bullying in schools can no longer be seen as an incidental irritant, something to deal with after managing the academic lives of students. When students are absent from school through disciplinary action, because they do not feel safe, or simply because they do not want to be a part of a culture that sports toxic peer relationships, they are not there to learn. Bullying must be understood and managed through the lens of overall school improvement.

All students and the adults who work with them are affected by bullying: perpetrators, targets and bystanders. High quality student academic and social outcomes are severely compromised when bullying exists, even at minimal levels. Individual state laws have helped draw focus on this important arena; it is now required to look at promising, best strategies and practices to intervene successfully and make schools more safe and individual student experiences as positive as possible; learning depends upon it. Legal requirements may be at the core of this need, but the moral requirements are even more compelling.

My passion for creating and maintaining “bully-free” and respectful schools has become my professional work over the past 30+ years. Fortunately, there are currently sound and concrete intervention strategies that provide sustainable improvement. Myths about who “bullies” are and who is affected by bullying historically have led to intervention strategies that have not helped educators improve the lives of students in schools. Fortunately, a wealth of research to determine best practices now exists, and there is a lot of it! Intervening successfully with bullies, targets and bystanders is based on understanding and implementing developmentally and gender-based appropriate intervention (and prevention) strategies.

This seminar focuses on very practical ways to respectfully confront and intervene with bullies and bullying behaviors. You will learn specific ways to intervene based on the age and gender of the bully as well as help those students who are the targets of bullying behaviors.

Join me and learn very practical strategies that will assist you and your colleagues in understanding and intervening when bullying inevitably surfaces. Bullies, targets and bystanders will all benefit exponentially and educators can focus on their primary goal: educating our students!


Jo Ann Freiberg, Ph.D.
Education Consultant, Bullying, School Climate and Character Education

Who Should Attend

Educators Serving Grades 1-8: Teachers, Playground Supervisors, Paraprofessionals, Counselors, Bus Drivers, Cafeteria Workers, Administrators, and Other Education Professionals

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:

  • step-by-step ways to respectfully confront bullies and bullying behaviors
  • practical strategies that are gender and age specific
  • methods for dealing with and reducing bullying behaviors in a variety of school settings
  • specific ideas for supporting students who are targets for bullies

Meet and Share
This seminar provides participants a wonderful opportunity to meet and share with other educators interested in strengthening their instructional program.

Consultation Available
Jo Ann Freiberg will be available at the seminar to answer your questions and discuss the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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