Anti-Bullying Seminar to Focus on "Matt's Safe School Law"
October 14, 2013 - Thomas M. Cooley Law School will host "Working Together to Stop Bullying" on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Cooley's Auburn Hills campus. The seminar will focus on how to stop bullying and harassment in schools under "Matt's Safe School Law." The law, signed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in December 2011, is named after Matt Epling, high school freshman from East Lansing, Mich., who killed himself in 2002 after being bullied by upperclassman.
The seminar, hosted by Cooley, is specifically for members of the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, Inc. Members are invited to check in at 8:30 a.m. The seminar runs from 9 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.
Presenters include Hon. M.T. Thompson, Jr., district court judge, Saginaw County; Professor Monica Nuckolls, Cooley Law School; and Dr. and Professor Gwendolyn Thompson McMillon, Oakland University. The seminar will feature discussions with authors of The Weekly Bully Beat Down.
An overview will inform attendees on what "Matt's Safe School Law" means for Michigan school districts. Attendees will also receive resources indicating what administrators, teachers, students and parents can do to stop bullying. These resources will include educational material on how to tell if a child is being bullied, recognize the profile of a bully, recognize the profile of a victim, and detect the warning signs for teen shooters and suicide.
"Making sure schools and parents have access to educational resources is key," said Nuckolls, one of the seminar's organizers. "Educating about the warning signs, prevention tactics, and consequences that can occur will be the first step of educators working together to stop bullying."
To register for this seminar, please contact the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies at 313-577-1611 or Deborah Berger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Cooley Law School: Celebrating 40 years of excellence, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 17,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and in Tampa Bay, Fla.
About The Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, Inc.: Organized in 1946, it is a voluntary organization of public school systems, community colleges and universities and business partners in Southeastern Michigan. The mission of the Bureau is to support its members through the professional development of human resources and preservation of financial resources. We focus on developing the leadership skills needed to improve student learning and embrace the strength provided by diversity.
The governing body of the Metro Bureau is the Board of Directors, composed of chief administrators from a representative group of 26 member organizations. Much of the Bureau's work is carried out through the flexible committee structures of the Council of Chief Negotiators (CCN) and the Council of Academic Leadership (CAL). These two working committees have led to a wide range of activities with increasing interest in the interaction between the study of curriculum and instructional leadership with the field of human resources. The Metro Bureau conducts major professional seminars that are well-attended by Bureau members and school leaders from other parts of Michigan.