Renowned Speaker on Bullying Prevention to Return to LTHS
According to a Jan. 4 press release by Lyons Township High School:
Lyons Township High School is proud to host Barbara Coloroso, an internationally recognized author and speaker in the areas of parenting, positive school climate and nonviolent conflict resolution, over the course of two days to present to teachers, students and parents of the District 204 communities.
Coloroso will deliver the keynote address at the LTHS Institute Day Monday, January 24, for faculty and staff and will focus on what they can do to step in and defend to maintain a positive school climate. Later that evening, she will make an hour-long presentation geared toward parents/guardians and community members. Her address will focus on the three characters in the bully circle and what families can do to help kids break the cycle of violence. The parent presentation is scheduled for 7pm at the LTHS North Campus Reber Center, 100 S. Brainard Ave., LaGrange. Admission is free.
Students will hear from Coloroso on Tuesday, January 25, with assemblies at both North and South campuses, and student leaders will meet with her as a smaller group to dialogue about what they to step up and react.
In addition, she will meet with LT's SAT Teams, comprised of counselors, deans, social works and special education staff, as well as paraprofessionals and student assistants who may witness first hand inappropriate behavior. She will have lunch with administrators and will meet with social studies teachers to discuss genocide. Finally, counselors and social works for LT and its associate schools will meet to discuss their role.
Coloroso spoke at LT in January 2009 at a community-wide presentation with several hundred people in attendance. Superintendent Kilrea said, "Coloroso is one of the foremost authorities on anti-bullying efforts and we're hopeful she can impart the tools necessary for our students, staff, parents and community to thwart bad behavior before it even surfaces. It will take effort on the part of everyone to maintain and improve upon our school climate."