New Information on Beyond Bullying Summit in NYC

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Monday, November 26, 2012


It's no secret that safe, happy and healthy children are more likely to achieve academic success. But bullying continues to be one issue standing in the way of safe and successful students. Educators are invited to attend a powerful all-day event on January 14, 2013 in New York City.

The event will feature thought leaders in the education community and allow educators to learn about the best practices in how incorporating social emotional learning (SEL) into the curriculum could prevent bullying and other social issues in education. Zaner-Bloser, in partnership with the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, is hosting Beyond Bullying: Safe Schools, Successful Students at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.

Keynote speaker Kirk Smalley, founder of Stand for the Silent, will begin the summit with an emotional story of how he lost his 11-year-old son to suicide after enduring months of bullying.  Smalley says he wants educators to walk away with the knowledge of what bullying has become both on and off school grounds.

Attendees will have a chance to hear from a panel of superintendents with a proactive approach to bullying and social emotional learning. The panel includes:

  • Sheldon Berman, Ed.D, Superintendent of Eugene School District 4J in Eugene, OR and recipient of the Sanford N. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education.
  • Eric Gordon, M.Ed., Chief Executive Officer (and former Chief Academic Officer) of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).
  • Sonya Whitaker, Ed.D, Superintendent for Fairmont School District 89, in Lockport, Illinois.
  • Gale Reeves, M.S.Ed, Superintendent for Community School District Five, in New York, NY, part of the largest public school system in the U.S. with 1.1 million students.           

American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech will moderate the superintendent's panel at the summit. "Creating a dialogue among educators is one of the best ways to find out what best practices are working when it comes to bullying and other issues in school that can stand in the way of successful students," Domenech said. "This summit gives us a chance to understand the research and work together toward safer schools and successful students." 

Other confirmed speakers/topics include:

  • Anti-Anti-Bullying: Rethinking Our Rhetoric and Framework  

             Marvin Berkowitz, Ph.D.

  • Meta-Analysis—The Impact of Enhancing Students' Social and Emotional Learning,

             Allison Dymnicki, Ph.D.

  • Bullying Prevention vs. Intervention: The Role of Social and Emotional Learning

             Marc Brackett, Ph.D.; Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D.

  • Developing Perspective Taking Through Literacy

             Robert Selman, Ph.D.; Catherine Snow, Ph.D.

  • Writing and the Democratic Voice

             Ernest Morrell, Ph.D.; Jodene Morrell, Ph.D.

  • How Social-Emotional Learning Supports the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

             Ruth Cross, M.A.; Pamela Randall, Ed.D. 

To view the full agenda and register for the Summit, or to learn about becoming a Beyond Bullying Alliance member, please visit You can also join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME)

For almost forty years, IUME has used advocacy, demonstration, evaluation, information dissemination, research and technical assistance to study and seek to improve the quality of life chances through education in the communities of urban and minority peoples. The Institute continues to focus on the implications of population in the context of the demand for pluralistic competencies for the design and management of teaching and learning transactions in schools and other environments for education.

About Zaner-Bloser

Zaner-Bloser, a wholly owned subsidiary of Highlights for Children with more than 120 years of experience in education, is one of the premier publishers of research-based reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, and handwriting programs. The Zaner-Bloser mission is to create dynamic, appealing, and effective educational programs and services. Zaner-Bloser focuses on distinctive programs that inspire all students to become engaged, literate participants in the global society.