For some students back-to-school season is filled with anxieties about new teachers, increased workloads and, often, how to avoid the dreaded classroom bullies.
Although boys have the reputation of being more physical and girls more verbal, all children have the potential to bully physically, verbally, socially, and through the use of technology (cyber-bullying). Bullying peaks between fifth grade and ninth grade but it is reported at all ages.
In this strand participants will learn techniques and strategies that are responsive to the entire student population and to students who need increasing levels of support. Participants will learn easy to use bullying prevention and anti-bullying practices that you can use starting the first day of school. Replace bullying and other acts of misconduct with pro-social behaviors and become an active participant in bullying prevention.
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Mike Dreiblatt is the co-founder of Balance Educational Services, LLC, and an outstanding national speaker. Mike provides dynamic, practical seminars and workshops to whole school communities: students, school staff, administrators, parents and community members. Engaging attendees. Mike teaches best practices and realistic strategies that can be used immediately. In his most popular presentation, How to Stop Bullying and Social Aggression, Mike shows how to replace bullying and other misconduct with pro-social actions.
Mike is an expert in bullying and violence prevention, creating healthy relationships, effective communication styles, and discipline of students with special needs. He is an authority in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, offering easy to understand seminars to teachers and administrators.A former teacher, Mike taught for 16 years in New York City and Vermont. He is the past Director of Education for Israel Congregation of Manchester, VT and the former Network Coordinator of the Vermont School Age Care Network. Michael is also an experienced grant writer and trained mediator. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Michael lives in Vermont with his wife Karen, their two sons, and their dog and cat.