Antioch University Midwest Hosts ‘Safe School Climate’ Education Conference May 8 – 9

The ‘Safe School Climate Conference’provides resources to reduce bullying, create safe school environments, and address the needs of today’s students

YELLOW SPRINGS>, OH – Antioch University Midwest School of Education is hosting its first conference focused on school climate, bullying prevention and more. The “Safe School Climate Conference” vision is to provide educators and families essential educational tools to build compassionate communities. The two-day conference on May 8 and 9, 2013 will be held at the Antioch University Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Participants may attend one day for $75 or both days for $125 and student rates are available. Pre-conference sessions on May 8 cover topics related to diversity and building a respectful school climate. Other activities on May 9th include a keynote presentation by respected author Kim John Payne and workshops on a variety of topics that are important to the well-being and safety of all students.

Kim John Payne, M.Ed., is the founder of the Center for Social Sustainability, and an international expert on school climate and social inclusion, has worked as a school counselor, educator, consultant, and researcher for over 27 years. He has been featured on networks such as ABC, NBC, CBS, and wrote the book Simplicity Parenting.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this conference. I feel the approach of connecting social inclusion of marginalized student populations to overall school climate is timely and essential to creating an effective learning and compassionate community,” said Payne.

Payne will also offer a free session for parents about Simplicity Parenting on May 8 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Antioch University Midwest.

“The topic of school climate is connecting parents, teachers, students, higher education faculty and not-for-profits in organizing an event that offers something to everyone” said Marian C. Glancy, Ph.D, Director, AUM School of Education.“I am extremely excited at the opportunity to host a conference that facilitates the exchange of skills and resources to create safe and inclusive environments for learning.”

This dynamic event is possible thanks to the generous support of the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, Antioch College, Project Trust, Think Tank, Inc., and from the Mills Lawn Elementary School and McKinney/Yellow Springs High School Parent Teacher Organizations.

CEUs are pending.

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About Antioch University Midwest: Antioch University Midwest is one of the five campuses of Antioch University, an institution proud of serving adult learners and their specific needs. Antioch University is a multi-campus university of more than 4,000 students who study at the Antioch Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, OH, and at campuses in Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Keene, New Hampshire, online and around the world!


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