Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds are hosting the summit, which is open to the public. The summit will be held on November 27 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. It will be paid for with funding from the Iowa Department of Education, registration fees, and generous support from the private sector.
The Iowa Governor's Bullying Prevention Summit is intended to raise awareness about the pervasive problem of bullying and to send the strongest possible message that our schools alone cannot stop it, that communities must become more engaged in taking the steps needed to address this issue.
Awareness is growing that what used to be excused as “kids being kids” is more harmful than previously realized. Making threats, spreading rumors, excluding classmates, and hurting someone physically or verbally are examples of behavior that can scar the children who are targeted—even potentially creating a risk factor for suicide. The Summit will address these issues and also how cyber-bullying presents new challenges.
The Bullying Prevention Summit will launch with opening remarks by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds at 11:00 AM EST, 10:00 AM CST, and 8:00 AM PST, followed by the opening keynote speech to be given by Paul Gausman, Superintendent of the Sioux City School District, entitled “It Takes a Community.” The opening keynote will conclude at 11:45 AM EST, 10:45 AM CST, and 8:45 AM PST.
Rosalind Wiseman, Parenting and Bullying Expert, will deliver a one-hour presentation entitled “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Teaching Social Competency” at 1:30 PM EST, 12:30 CST, and 10:30 PST.
Morning breakout panels—“24/
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For the full Summit agenda, including all panel discussions and speakers, please visit: https://preventbullying.iowa.gov/
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