Educators and law-enforcement personnel from 11 countries
and 46 states got together in San Diego recently for the annual International Bullying Prevention Association conference.
Personnel with the San Diego County Office of Education’s (SDCOE)
Student Support Services unit helped to organize and promote the event, which
drew more than 750 people Nov. 16-18.
The conference offered about 50 sessions, which
included information about bullying, internet safety, restorative practices, supportive
relationships, peer support, and positive school climates.
Mara Madrigal-Weiss, a project specialist with SDCOE and newly
elected president of the International Bullying Prevention Association’s board
of directors, presented a couple of the sessions at the conference.
“The sessions weren’t only about bullying-specific issues,
but were about the whole school culture and climate,” she said.
The San Diego County Office of Education is dedicated to
supporting schools, parents, and community-based agencies in issues related to
bullying prevention and intervention by providing trainings, staff development,
technical assistance, and consultation.
The mission of the International Bullying Prevention
Association is to support and enhance quality research based bullying
prevention principles and best practices in order to achieve a safe school
climate, healthy work environment, good citizenship, and civic responsibility.