Educators Invited To Anti-Bullying/Social-Emotional Learning Summit -- Beyond Bullying: Safe Schools, Successful Students

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bullying is an ongoing issue in the education community. On January 14, 2013, to promote a proactive—rather than reactive—approach to bullying prevention and social-emotional learning (SEL) in schools, Zaner-Bloser, in partnership with the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, is hosting Beyond Bullying: Safe Schools, Successful Students. The Educational Summit at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, allows top district decision makers and education leaders an opportunity to learn how integrating SEL into the curriculum prevents bullying and increases academic achievement.

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"Social-emotional learning can be a vital part of the school curriculum because it gives students the chance to recognize and manage emotions, develop empathy and concern for others, and ultimately learn to make better decisions," said Dr. Ernest Morrell, professor of English education and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Morrell, a presenter at the Summit, added that research shows students who can recognize and manage their feelings become better learners and contribute more positively to classroom and school cultures.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Kirk Smalley, Stand for the Silent
  • Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Marc Brackett, Ph.D., Yale University
  • Robert Selman, Ph.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education/Harvard Medical School

Summit presentations include:

  • Personal stories from family members impacted by bullying
  • Research regarding the impact of SEL on academic achievement
  • How SEL supports the Common Core State Standards
  • State view of SEL
  • Superintendent panel discussion

To register* for the Summit, or to learn about becoming a Beyond Bullying Sponsor or Alliance member, visit www.beyondbullyingsummit.org. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

* A portion of the registration fee will be donated to Stand for the Silent.

About the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME)

For almost forty years, IUME has used advocacy, demonstration, evaluation, information dissemination, research and technical assistance to study and seek to improve the quality of life chances through education in the communities of urban and minority peoples. The Institute continues to focus on the implications of population in the context of the demand for pluralistic competencies for the design and management of teaching and learning transactions in schools and other environments for education.

About Zaner-Bloser

Zaner-Bloser, a wholly owned subsidiary of Highlights for Children with more than 120 years of experience in education, is one of the premier publishers of research-based reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, and handwriting programs. The Zaner-Bloser mission is to create dynamic, appealing, and effective educational programs and services. Zaner-Bloser focuses on distinctive programs that inspire all students to become engaged, literate participants in the global society.

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