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Auburn University to host Anti-Bullying Summit

Auburn University’s Truman Pierce Institute and the Office of Professional and Continuing Education au icon will host their second national Anti-Bullying Summit at the Grand Hotel and Point Clear Resort in Fairhope, Ala., July 11- 13.  

The summit enables educators, parents, mental health professionals, researchers, community-based agency personnel and others to learn more about bullying and effective intervention strategies.  Other sessions, including the “Choice Bus” from the Mattie C. Stewart Foundation and one on peer mentoring, will offer valuable information for students.

General  sessions will include motivational discussions and research-based presentations.  International and nationally-known presenters will explore a number of topics, including the need to develop supportive school cultures, address cyberbullying, develop understandings of the root causes of bullying, and explore the processes for building intervention plans.
 
The summit will culminate with the presentation of Hero Awards highlighting the conference theme, “Be a Hero — Take a Stand!”  Hero Awards will be presented to six individuals and groups who have taken action to address bullying situations in their schools or communities.  Guidelines for the Hero Awards are posted on the summit website au icon, and nominations are currently being accepted.  
Summit planners are also seeking proposals for additional workshops and concurrent sessions.  These sessions, designed for break-out groups of 30-50, should feature programs, lessons, or procedures that have been used successfully to address bullying problems.  Vendors who offer anti-bullying resources are encouraged to register as exhibitors.

Visit the AntiBullying Summit website au icon to register for the event, submit a session proposal, nominate a candidate for the Hero Awards, register as an exhibitor, learn how to reserve accommodations, or see a listing of featured  presenters. A one-day registration option for July 12 is available for students ($50) and adults ($129 until June 1, $149 until the opening of the event, and $179-onsite).

The full conference rate for students is $100 before June 1 and $125 afterward. The full conference rate for professionals is $200 if paid before June 1, $249 afterward and $280 on-site at the opening of the event.

Partners for the  2012 AntiBullying Summit include the Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs, Samford University, the University of Alabama, University of South Alabama, Alabama State University, Mobile Area Education Foundation, Mattie C. Stewart Foundation,  Southern Poverty Law Center and Mathews Center for Civic Life.

The Truman Pierce Institute is a research and outreach unit in Auburn University's College of Education devoted to the study and improvement of teaching, learning, and leadership.

For additional information about the summit, please contact Teresa Smoot or Linda Dean at the Truman Pierce Institute (334-844-4488) or John Freeze, Office of Professional and Continuing Education (334-844-5100). 

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2012

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