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  • International Bullying Prevention Conference Re-Cap

    December 3, 2014

    With over 800 participants from states around the U.S. And countries around the world, this year’s conference was incredible. Dr. Dan Olweus, founder of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program was present to receive his lifetime achievement award as well as participating in a number of panel discussions. This year the conference added a new session format in addition to the traditional 75 minute presentations. In the spirit of TED Talks, a handful of presenters were asked to deliver a concise version of their regular presentation within a 20-minute time limit. Attendees at the TED sessions were appreciative of the energy that the presenters brought to each of the shorter sessions. The conference typically attracts school site leaders as well as district administrators and researchers from around the globe. San Diego provided an abundance of resources as the host city including sunshine that many of our midwest and east coast attendees appreciated. Next year’s conference will be held in Denver, Colorado November 7-9, 2015. Visit the International Bullying Prevention Association website for more information.

    Sprigeo was one of the conference sponsors that helped to bring a cohort of youth presenters out from West Virginia. Ashley Shade, Aidan McDaniel and his father Gary McDaniel presented an original play (“Catch”), focused on the importance of building strong relationships between students and administration in the school setting. This original one act play addressing bullying and school safety was premiered and brought the audience to their feet for a standing ovation. Powerful. Thank you Ashley, Aidan and Gary!

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    If you attended the conference and would like to download the session handouts please click here to find any and all of the session notes.


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