On January 14th, 2013 at Teachers College, Columbia University, researchers, top district decision makers, school counselors, teachers, and other members of the education community gathered for an Educational Summit—Beyond Bullying: Safe Schools, Successful Students. The goal was to learn about and discuss the benefits of implementing social-emotional learning (SEL) and character education to proactively addressing bullying.

Attendees of the Summit, hosted by Zaner-Bloser and the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, learned that incorporating SEL and character education into the curriculum not only reduces incidents of bullying, but also includes the following benefits:

  • improves literacy development.
  • boosts overall academic performance.
  • reduces absentee and suspension rates.
  • helps to meet the Common Core State Standards.
  • creates a caring, positive school climate.

During the event, attendees responded to a Summit survey about bullying prevention and the role of social-emotional learning in their schools.
View the survey results.

Although the event itself has ended, we encourage you to continue visiting the Beyond Bullying Summit website for new resources, including a video compilation of behind-the-scenes interviews with presenters. You can also join the conversation about bullying prevention and SEL in schools on Twitter and Facebook.

Principals from across the country weigh in
on bullying in their schools.
View Principal Survey results.