Auburn University to host national Anti-Bullying Summit

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Truman Pierce Institute and the Office of Professional and Continuing Education 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.

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.

Other sessions, including the “Choice Bus” from the Mattie C. Stewart Foundation and one-on-one peer mentoring, will offer valuable information for students.

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 http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/opce/antibullying/, and nominations are now 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 Anti-Bullying Summit website www.auburn.edu/antibullying 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 at $50 for students and for adults at the rates of $129 until June 1, $149 until the opening of the event and $179 on site.

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 an outreach and research center of the Auburn University College of Education devoted to the improvement of teaching, learning and leadership.

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

(Written by Troy Johnson.)

Contact: Troy Johnson, College of Education, (844-4468); (ltj0001@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)