08-14-2012 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #35


Title
Consultant Agreements for Staff and Youth Trainings to Address Bullying and Cyber-Bullying

Discussion

The attached consultant agreements will provide a motivational, factual keynote presentation on "Bullying and Cyber-Bullying:  What's Going On With Our Students?" to approximately 400 guidance counselors, Physical Education and health teachers, school psychologists, Certified Behavior Analysts (CBAs), social workers and other Brevard Public Schools (BPS) staff who attend the Professional Development Day (PDD) at Satellite High School, September 10, 2012.  This same day there will be a train-the-trainer model training to approximately 200 guidance staff and 86 assistant principals in charge of discipline (Deans).  This training will provide staff with the knowledge base and training method for changing school climate to address bullying behaviors within their schools.  These selected staff members will utilize this knowledge to train colleagues at their school site.  The school-based training will take between 60 and 120 minutes and can be split into sessions, enabling schools to train their staff during faculty meetings.

The PDD trainings are to set the stage for the September 18th, 19th and 20th youth leadership trainings.  There will be three area assemblies (one each for North, Central and South Areas) for Secondary Youth Leadership Training, "Taking a Stand Against Bullying".  The purpose of training approximately 129 youth and sponsors is to help with the change of social climate in secondary schools.  Secondary school administrators will choose a small leadership group of four students and a sponsor to be trained to conceptualize bullying and abuse and to generate a student-conceived and student-led anti-bullying and anti-cyber-bullying program for their schools.  BPS will have free access to the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) staff consultation and research-based K-12 anti-bullying curriculum.  These trainers are from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) at Bridgewater State University.  Dr. Elizabeth Englander is a professor of psychology at Bridgewater State University and the Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC).  Meghan K. McCoy, M.Ed. is the Program Coordinator for MARC.  MARC is an organization that provides research-based bullying and violence prevention services to all Massachusetts schools.  These consultants have presented throughout Massachusetts and the United States.  A Florida search found no local trainers able to provide this level of expertise and training.



Recommendation

Approve the consultant agreements with MARC and their staff and authorize the Superintendent to affix the appropriate signature.



Meeting Date(s)
Information - 8/14/2012
Consent after Information8/28/2012

Authority for Action
F.S. 110,1221,1002.20, 1006.07(2), 1006.09(6), 1006.13, 1006.147, 1006.148

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Operating - Categorical

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
2013$5,800.00Yes10010250005565100312103
$2,376.00Yes10010250005565100333103
$1,500.00Yes10010250005565100511103
TOTAL$9,676.00

Contact

Dr. Kim Rogers, Students at Risk, x567; Paula Ferrell, Resource Teacher, x321




Attachment:  McCoy2012-1.pdf
Attachment:  Englander2012-1.pdf