Teacher Training

“This program needs to be in every school in our district.”
“What a great presenter! This class just flew by. And I’ve got great ideas I can use in my classroom tomorrow.”

IPSD#204 Teacher Evaluation

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Teacher assisting Sue with presentation
Sue Black-Teacher Training Bullying Prevention

Certified Olweus
Bullying Prevention Trainer

Sue offers training and ongoing technical assistance for schools interested in implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. 


Staff In-service and Professional Development

Teachers and school staff learn field-tested, practical techniques to implement best practices in bullying prevention:

  • Focus on the social environment

    • Create a classroom and building culture based on a value system of caring, community, respect, and personal responsibility

    • Reframe bullying prevention efforts into a positive message

      • An opportunity to make good things happen

      • Build on accomplishments

      • Kids learn they are a work in progress – no blame, no shame – just an opportunity to try again working toward a positive goal

  • Assess the bullying

  • Garner staff, parent, and community support and commitment

  • Form a group to coordinate bullying prevention activities

  • Train all staff

  • Increase adult supervision in building 'hot-spots'

  • Establish and enforce rules and policies directly related to bullying

  • Intervene consistently and appropriately to bullying behaviors

    • Be aware of your 'blind spot'

  • Integrate bullying prevention into educational practice 

    • Empower students to be effective bystanders (leaders)

    • Incorporate skills development into the curriculum

    • Regular opportunities to talk

  • Continue all efforts over time


Bullying Prevention in the Classroom

Based on her popular Class Meetings in ACTion workshop presented at the 2015, 2014 and 2012 International Bullying Prevention Association Conference, Sue offers activities that weave bullying prevention strategies into the fabric of the daily curriculum:

  • Communicating clearly

  • Responding to conflict

  • Being brave

  • Building empathy

  • Exploring emotions

  • Discovering and celebrating our similarities and differences

  • Creativity

  • Flexibility

  • Interdependence

  • Openness

  • Collaboration


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