The Center for Disabilities Studies will hold a Lunchtime Learning session Oct. 11 on "What School Climate Surveys Tell Us About Bullying, Safety and Student Engagement."

Oct. 11: CDS Lunchtime Learning

CDS session focuses on bullying, other school climate issues


1:35 p.m., Sept. 20, 2012--As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) will present a Lunchtime Learning session about how students, staff and families feel about the schools they are a part of.

George Bear and Debby Boyer are the presenters of “What School Climate Surveys Tell Us About Bullying, Safety and Student Engagement” on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 12 noon to 1 p.m., at the center, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark.

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They will discuss the most recent Delaware School Climate Survey, reviewing student perceptions of bullying at the schoolwide level and individual level regarding verbal, social, physical and cyber bullying.

Bullying and other school climate issues are evaluated annually through the Delaware School Climate Survey, which is administered by the center’s Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project (DE-PBS) through support from the Delaware Department of Education.

Bear is a professor in UD’s School of Education and a consultant to the DE-PBS and school climate initiatives. He works as The College School’s psychologist once a week and supervises school psychology practicum students who are placed at the school. Boyer is the director of the School Age unit at CDS, where she has served as co-director of the DE-PBS project since 2001. 

The Lunchtime Learning program is free of charge and open to the public. Contact Katie Hoffman at or 302-831-3632 to register; indicate if you need an accommodation. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Water and snacks will be provided. Plan to arrive before noon so the program can start on time.

About CDS

The Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware supports the well-being, inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities and their families.

The mission of the center is to enhance the lives of individuals and families through education, prevention, service and research related to disabilities. CDS promotes independence and productivity so individuals and families can fully participate in the life of their communities in Delaware and beyond. For further information, visit the CDS website or call 302-831-6974.

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