AASA and education.com Offer Free Bullying Webinar for School Administrators

April 20, 2009

Amy Vogt, AASA

Kat Eden, Education.com


ARLINGTON, Va. – Education.com, a leading web destination for parents of school-aged children, and the American Association of School Administrators, the professional organization for school system leaders, today announced a free web seminar for school administrators on Wednesday, April 29, at 3 pm. EDT (12 p.m. PDT).

The web seminar is a component of Education.com’s Special Edition on Bullying at School and Online which was published in partnership with AASA earlier this year. Using an interactive format, Dr. Shelly Hymel, PhD, guest editor of the Special Edition, will lead the web seminar and will reveal common myths surrounding bullying, deliver the latest research on bullying, and provide tangible actions administrators can take immediately to reduce bullying and to get parents more involved in these efforts.

Dr. Hymel, world-renowned researcher on the subject, explains the importance of school administrators investing time in learning the most up to date facts about bullying. “Bullying robs kids of the chance to make the most of their potential. That’s terrifying when you consider that nearly 70% of kids are involved in bullying as a victim or perpetrator. The latest research unequivocally shows that bullying has serious and long-term effects not only on victims, but also on children who bully and those who witness bullying. There are direct connections between bullying and depression, anxiety, social phobias and even criminal behavior. And of course there have been tragic stories in the news recently about students taking their own lives or committing shocking acts of violence against others after being bullied. I’m really excited about this web seminar because it’s an opportunity to give school administrators – the folks on the front lines of this crisis – the very latest research about bullying as well as actionable tools that will help them intervene in informed and effective ways.”

AASA Executive Director Dr. Daniel Domenech explained AASA’s decision to get involved in Education.com’s Special Edition on Bullying at School and Online and to co-host the web seminar. “Unfortunately, bullying is something that every administrator in every school in our country faces. No one is immune -- kids of every race, gender, grade and socio-economic sector are impacted. Schools are already doing a lot to help keep kids safe but this session will help administrators evaluate their current bullying programs based on the latest research and get ideas for additional actions they can take to help reduce bullying in their schools.”

All school administrators are invited to attend the free event. Registration information can be found at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/826869896.


About Education.com
More than a million parents a month come to Education.com to get the information they need to support their children’s unique educational and developmental needs, and to find ideas for how to make learning more fun. From kindergarten readiness to college prep, Education.com is the leading destination for involved parents. Often called “The WebMD of education,” the company has teamed up with leading universities, nonprofits, and research organizations to offer highly credible parenting, developmental, and educational information. The site also offers printable activities, community resources, access to best-of-breed educational services, and SchoolFinder – a tool that gives parents comprehensive data on the nation’s 125,000 public, private and charter schools. Education.com was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Redwood City, CA. The company is backed by leading venture capital firms, Azure Capital Partners, TeleSoft Partners, and California Technology Ventures. For more information, please visit www.education.com.

About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders across the United States. AASA members range from chief executive officers, superintendents and senior-level school administrators to cabinet members, professors and aspiring school system leaders. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. AASA’s major focus is standing up for public education. For more information, please visit www.aasa.org.