Eastern Illinois University is continuing to take a lead in the fight against bullying.
“With bullying, suicide, depression and many other behavioral challenges that cause anxiety, our focus is on prevention and intervention,” said Mildred Pearson, founder and director of the “A Time for Prevention: A Bridge to Intervention” conference, set to take place on the Charleston campus on Friday, October 2 from 8am to 4pm.
“We believe that equipping students, teachers, faculty, staff and other professionals is essential; therefore, (we) offer an annual conference for professional development on evidenced-based Social and Emotional Learning and extensive conversations around strategies to enhance teaching and learning.”
The conference, now in its fifth year, is a product of EIU’s Bridging Voices in Our Community project, which serves as a catalyst to help educate and equip learning communities in the area of bullying prevention. The cost is $50, which includes all presentations, handouts, a continental breakfast, luncheon and six CPDH credits. Admission for student attendees is free.
Last year’s conference hosted 300 teachers, community members and interested students. The conference integrates various disciplines and departments across the EIU campus while forming partnerships with other universities to provide high impact practices and great programming.
The event has nationally recognized experts, along with several local speakers, scheduled to talk as part of the program. Melissa Schligner, vice president of practice for Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), will present the keynote address, “Promoting Positive Students: Social and Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention.”
A complete list of speakers, short bios and subject topics, as well as online registration can be found at the conference’s website: https://castle.eiu.edu/bvcpreventbullying/index.php. The registration deadline is noon Thursday, October 1. You may also call 217-512-9421 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.