Current Issues in Education: Bullying

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Bullying is more than just an ugly word.

We have all experienced the discomfort and even pain of being an observer and possibly a victim of cruelty. In light of the recent tragedies here in Massachusetts, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has begun to put in place guidelines that will address this issue in schools.

On March 16, 2011, Boston University School of Education will be honored to welcome Dorothy Espelage, Professor of Child Development and Associate Chair in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign whose research addresses bullying and youth aggression. We invite you and your colleagues to join us at our spring lecture in addressing these topics and considering positive means to face them directly.

March 16, 2011 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Boston University School of Education.

This conference is free and open to the public. Please see registration form below.

Guest Speaker: Dorothy L. Espelage

Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is a Professor of Child Development and Associate Chair in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She was recently named University Scholar and has fellow status in Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University in 1997. She has conducted research on bullying for the last 17 years. As a result, she presents regularly at national conferences and is author on over 70 professional publications. She is co-editor of three published books including “Bullying in North American Schools: A Social-Ecological Perspective on Prevention and Intervention” and “International Handbook of Bullying” published by Routledge. She is incoming Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology. Her research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming. She is currently funded by the CDC and is conducting a randomized clinical trial of a bullying prevention program in 36 middle schools. She is also funded by National Science Foundation to develop better methods to assess bullying among adolescents. Dr. Espelage has appeared on many television news and talk shows, including The Today Show; CNN; CBS Evening News; and The Oprah Winfrey Show and has been quoted in the national print press, including Time Magazine, USA Today, and People magazine.

Program

3:30 p.m. Registration, Boston University School of Education Lobby
3:50 p.m. Welcome – Jennifer Greif Green, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Special Education
  Introduction to Program – Ryan Woods, President, Alumni Board
  “Understanding and Preventing Bullying, Homophobia, and Sexual Violence Among Youth” -Dorothy Espelage, Professor of Child Development and Associate Chair in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  Q&A Session
4:50 p.m. Reception, School of Education Lobby

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