Other PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Topics
Overview of PD & CE Most Commonly Requested PD Workshops • Bullying Prevention
Selection Criteria for Effective PD on Bullying & BiasKey Topics for Anti-Bullying PD
PD as a Component in Comprehensive Anti-Bullying Programming
Diversity Awareness •Bullying FAQsCyber Bullying • Relational Bullying
Bias-Based Bullying • Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
CE/PD for Medical & Social Service Providers

EXAMPLES OF SPECTRUM DIVERSITY
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

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Bullying Prevention and Response
The basics of bullying prevention and response. Informational segments include distinguishing bullying from normal conflict, and recognizing various forms of bullying including physical, social, verbal, direct/indirect, bias-based bullying, & cyber-bullying. Applied skills include effective responses to bullying incidents, incident follow-up, climate management, and bystander empowerment.  Topics also include relevant laws, research findings regarding prevalence & effects of bullying including retaliatory violence (“school shootings”), and components of an effective school-wide bullying prevention program. This workshop includes all key topics, and meets the criteria for selecting PD that will prepare staff to participate effectively in a comprehensive school-wide anti-bullying program.

Promoting Respect for Diversity in the School Environment
This workshop focuses on the prevention of bias-based bullying through teaching & modeling respect in the school environment.  Topics include the nature of stereotypes & prejudice, relevant laws, statistics regarding bias-related incidents in schools, and consequences including suicide.  Practical issues are discussed, e.g., balancing free speech rights with rights to a safe environment, integrating curricula, on-the-spot interventions, and techniques for communicating with parents.  This workshop can be focused on particular aspects of diversity based on individual school or district needs, e.g., racial/ethnic diversity, appearance, or gender identity/sexual orientation diversity.

Cyberbullying: Nothing Virtual about It
Cyber bullying is a new form of bullying that is increasing in prevalence.  Although cyber bullying is potentially far more damaging than traditional bullying, cyber bullying is much more difficult for schools to detect and prevent.  Among the difficulties facing schools are the fact that much cyber bullying occurs off campus, the gap between adults and youth in technological sophistication, and the need to motivate parents to become involved in preventing cyber bullying.  This workshop covers the various forms of cyber bullying, the impact of cyber bullying, schools’ legal responsibilities and limitations, and strategies for preventing and responding to cyber bullying.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
Sexual orientation and gender identity diversity are culturally sensitive topics. Many educators feel that they lack the knowledge or skills to deal effectively with this issue in school, or hesitate to do so because of concerns about parental or community reactions. This workshop provides fundamental information about terminology and an overview of issues related to schools. These issues include bias-based bullying, stereotypes, LGBT* allies, students with LGBT parents, coming out, and schools' legal responsibilities to create a safe environment for all students. Practical skills include age-appropriate strategies for addressing bias-related behavior, age-appropriate curricular resources, handling concerns about free speech rights and respect for others, counseling students who are coming out, and public relations with parents and community members.

Please note that Spectrum Diversity LLC provides a full range of safe school services, including student assemblies, survey assessments, and consulting as well as professional development training.

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*LGBT = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered.