West Virginia Teachers Learn How to Fight Bullying, Intimidation and Harassment

November 19, 2002

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Nearly 250 teachers and school administrators from across West Virginia will learn how keep their classrooms safe during a the “Building School Communities of Character” Conference. The conference begins today and runs through November 21 at the Charleston House Holiday Inn in Charleston, W.Va.  

“Every child deserves a safe learning environment,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “This conference is another way to give principals and teachers the right tools to make sure our students are protected.”  

The three-day event will feature nationally recognized character education speakers and model programs. Workshops will also provide strategies and resources for dealing with bullying, intimidation, and harassment. Many of the workshop sessions are designed to build capacity at the local level by preparing participants as trainers in various character education models or violence prevention strategies.  

“Creating safe-learning environments in our public schools remains a high priority for the West Virginia Board of Education and the Department of Education,” said Stewart. “Our state already enjoys one of the safest learning environments in the country and we want to continue this trend.”  

The conference schedule and registration information is available at the West Virginia Department of Education website at http://wvde.state.wv.us. For general conference information, please contact Lisa Burton in the Office of Student Services and Assessment at 304-558-2546, or at lgburton@access.k12.wv.us. For conference registration information, please contact Shirley McGraw at 304-558-2546 or at smcgraw@access.k12.wv.us.  

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