Bullying Prevention



1. Bullying Prevention and Creating Safe, Inclusive, Equitable Schools

A one-hour keynote or full day training for educators, counselors or parents based on Dr. Borba’s work on bullying prevention and school safety. Her work in violence prevention and bullying has been featured on Dateline and implemented in hundreds of schools worldwide.

Dr. Borba shares the evidence-based principles, policies, and practices that have made her a leading expert in this field including the 6 Proven Essential R’s that reduce bullying, and examples of how many schools from Taipei to Colombia to Army Bases and across the US are implementing those practices.

Specific tools to reframe bullying, reduce the likelihood of victimization as well as mobilize bystanders’ compassion and courage to become Upstander will be taught. Best yet, none of the strategies cost a dime! Here is your best hope to reduce bullying based on proven, solid research.

These sessions (which can be combined) provide what your site needs to stop peer cruelty and create inclusive, equitable learning environments.

2. From Cruelty to Compassion: Proven Ways to Combat Cruelty and Build Respect (Keynote: Educators and Community)

This inspiring keynote includes a collection of tools, stories and strategies that have been infused in hundreds of schools and counseling agencies and organizations – all with the potential to enforce solid character and boost empathy in our students and reduce cruelty.

You’ll learn how to: develop a respectful learning community that enhances self-respect and social responsibility and reduces bullying.

Discover proven ways to violence, alienation and self-doubt need not plague our classrooms and schools and learn proven and practical teaching practices that mobilize empathy or “Habits of Heart” and turn student cruelty into compassion.

With Michele’s down to earth approach, your staff will leave with proactive ideas to use the very next day in their classrooms and existing lesson plans, and your school team will have actual plans to implement in your hallway or school.

3. Bully-Proofing Kids: Surviving Bullies, Cliques, Meanies and a Social Jungle (Parents)

When it comes to dealing with bullying, parents need more than statistics. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn practical tools to help bully-proof your child and strengthen their self-esteem, confidence, social competence, and resilience so they can navigate that social jungle.

This session offers: The hidden signs of bullying that every parent must know. How to help kids be more assertive and less vulnerable.

  • What to do and say if your child is bullied.
  • How to protect kids from cyberbullying.
  • How to teach kids to handle cliques, peer pressure and put downs.
  • Ways to teach your child to safely stand up and speak out for those who are bullied.
  • What to do if you suspect your child is bullying.
  • What parents must do to take a stand against bullying.

Dr. Borba has taught these strategies to hundreds of students around the world, and were featured on Dateline and NBC Nightly News.

4. Bullying Prevention That Works: An In-Depth Training of Proven Ways to Create Safe and Caring Learning Climates and Reduce Peer Cruelty (Educators)

The best way to reduce bullying is not with a packaged program but with homegrown, data-driven efforts by a staff that applies only proven practices.

Step-by-step evidence-based solutions to end the cycle of youth violence, how to boost student resilience, nurture kindness and caring, reduce victimization, passive “bystanding” and bullying behaviors and create safer learning cultures.

An-in-depth training session designed for administrators, educators, counselors, youth leaders, social workers, parent coordinators.

This training can be a full day, half day or one-hour session depending upon training outcome desires. Participants will learn: The 6R’s of Bullying Prevention from Dr. Borba’s book, End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy:

R1: Rules: Establish an anti-bullying policy and expectations for respect;

R2: Recognize: teach stakeholders how to recognize bullying;

R3: Report: create procedures to report bullying;

R4: Respond: Teach student witnesses how to respond to bullying;

R5: Refuse: Help targets refuse provocation and cope with victimization;

R6: Replace: Help students replace aggression and learn prosocial behaviors.

Participants will view dozens of examples from North American schools who are implementing those practices based on her training. Specific tools to help students who bully, the bullied as well as bystanders as well as dozens of no-cost, evidence-based ways to reduce the cycle of youth violence are offered.

  • Creating an emotionally safe, inclusive, and equitable learning climate
  • Identifying and reduce “hot spots” where bullying is more prevalent
  • Introducing your new school-wide bully proofing rules to students and parents
  • Implementing the 6 evidence-based “Rs” that curb bullying and reduce peer cruelty
  • Link between bullying, school climate and empathy: why school culture matters
  • Ways to respond and support bullied kids to prevent victimization
  • 10 ways to empower students to be Upstanders who step in and stop peer cruelty;
  • Bullying prevention practices: Class Meetings, Conflict Resolution, Jigsaw Learning, Restorative Justice and weaving bullying prevention strategies into content
  • How to help bullies: consequences and restitution strategies most likely to reduce bullying
  • 20 ways to engage parents so they work with schools in bullying prevention

It is strongly recommended that participants attend as site team to maximize effectiveness.

5.Mobilizing Student Compassion and Leadership to Reduce Peer Cruelty and Build Moral Learning Communities (Educators and Students)

A troubling prevalence of peer abuse is increasing and starting a younger ages. One in five students now report being bullied on school campuses (sometimes the figure is higher). We know that it is impossible for students to thrive in school when they don’t feel safe.

States pass anti-bullying laws, schools implement zero-bullying policies and communities host Stop Bullying Days. But in all our endeavors, we may be overlooking what research says is the most effective bully reducing solutions: Mobilizing the compassion of student bystanders.

This session offers showcase examples of schools implementing successful bullying prevention programs, strategies students can use safely as bystanders to reduce peer cruelty, and inspiring stories of students who are turning cruelty to compassion and building equity.

A presentation packed with practical, no cost, research-based strategies for creating safe and respectful schools, and mobilizing student empathy.

To book a speaking event:
Laura Oberman