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2014-15 Third Thursday Bullying Prevention Webinar Series

Each month from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

A webinar series for educators, parents and youth-serving professionals. Supported with funding from the Highmark Foundation, each session will provide information on the most current research or relevant topics to the field of bullying prevention.

Act 48 Credit – The Center for Schools and Communities, as a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, is offering Act 48 professional development credit for those with Pennsylvania teaching or administrative certificates. Participants must attend the online session from beginning to end to receive credit. Only specified professional development sessions are available for credit. The Record of Attendance will be e-mailed to participants upon completion of the session. If you are interested in receiving Act 48 credit, please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Registration Information – A registration email confirmation will be sent regarding participation and instructions on how to participate in the webinar which is being held in GoToWebinar. More on preparing for participation in GoToWebinar.


Fostering Cultural Competence: Using Children’s Literature to Talk About Difficult Issues in K-12 Classrooms

Thursday, April 16, 2015
3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT

Supported with funding from the Highmark Foundation, this session will be presented by Nancy L. Mullin, MEd.

You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about cultural competence - but what is it really?…and do all students need the same skills and strategies to achieve it? You may not be surprised to hear that a lot of school bullying is based on biases about gender stereotypes; racial or ethnic identity; social class and privilege; physical appearance (e.g. obesity), disabilities, or religion. But talking frankly to students (or to colleagues and parents) about these issues can be an intimidating task. This webinar will focus on ways literature can help broach sensitive topics with students. We’ll also explore a strategy for examining our own strongly held assumptions about others that can be used with students and adults alike.  

In order to get the most of out of this presentation, we are asking you to read one of the following selections prior to this session (all should be available through your public library). 

Grades K-2: The Other Side (Jacqueline Woodsen)
Grades 3-5: Something Beautiful (Sharon Dennis Wyeth)
Grades 6-8: Out of My Mind (Sharon Draper)
Grades 9-12: Monster (Walter Dean Myers)

This session focuses on strategies to use literature as a discussion point so having read any of the selections above is not a requirement to participate.



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Upcoming Third Thursday Webinars

May 21, 2015

Bullying in Sports: The Injuries We Don't See


Recorded Webinars

2014-15 Third Thursday

2013-14 Third Thursday

2012-13 Third Thursday

2011-12 Third Thursday



2013 International Bullying Prevention Association Conference
November 11-12, 2013; Nashville, Tenn. The International Bullying Prevention Association's annual conference provides excellent learning and professional development opportunities for those involved in bullying prevention. This year's theme is "Creating Compassionate Schools and Communities." Many of the workshops presented in breakout sessions offer current evidence-supported best practices, practical techniques for use in the classroom and school grounds, the latest research, and an opportunity to network with your colleagues from all over the United States and around the world. More Information


Pennsylvania Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Certified Trainers
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is a comprehensive approach to bullying prevention that involves the faculty, staff, student population and requires a strong commitment from administration and parent involvement. Members of the Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Network have earned certification in OBPP and are available to support schools with implementation of the program. More Information


For more information on specific Bullying Prevention professional development opportunities, contact Stacie Molnar-Main, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Center for Safe Schools at (717) 763-1661 x128 or