Sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education
A project under the School of Social Welfare's Center for Children & Families

Anti-bullying Summit

September 18-19, 2014
University of Kansas – Oread Hotel
1200 Oread Ave
Lawrence, Kansas 66044

Join us for an important dialogue on improving
Bullying Prevention and Intervention Practices


The purpose of this Anti-bullying Summit is to address two key issues presently facing the field of bullying prevention and intervention. First, efficacy studies of common bullying prevention programs reveal mixed results showing modest to no effect of examined interventions. Second, upon closer examination of common bullying prevention approaches, it is apparent that most lack clearly articulated, comprehensive, and coherent theoretical perspectives to explain each programmatic element at all levels of the intervention, and, importantly, the interactions among them. In turn, a clearly articulated theory would in principle give rise to predictions about which program elements would account for the most change in targeted outcomes and why. Thus, enhancing our theoretical articulation of change mechanisms at the individual and ecological levels stands to make a significant contribution to improving the precision of anti-bullying strategies and the impact of these strategies on key developmental outcomes. The keynote presentations and breakout sessions seek to stimulate dialogue about these two key issues facing the field.

The morning session (Sept. 19th), involving scholars and researchers, will focus on advancing bullying prevention and intervention practices via theoretical articulation and stimulate dialogue among leading researchers in the field on improving practices aimed at early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school settings. The afternoon session, involving scholars, researchers, K-12 educators, school administrators, and community professionals, will provide an opportunity for leading researchers to share current evidence with practitioners in an effort to improve prevention and intervention strategies on the ground. The afternoon session will continue the dialogue from the morning session on advancing prevention and intervention through practical application in school and community settings. This exciting exchange will connect cutting-edge evidence to intervention practices and provide educators, administrators, and community professionals with hands-on application that can be tailored to their unique context.

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