Getting Started
Before beginning Day 1, please read this page to learn the answers to the following frequently asked questions about on-line learning:

 Why Do You Offer This Training On-Line?

Conducting training on-line has numerous benefits! On-line or distance learning allows professionals working in different locations within a district, throughout a state, or even across the country to come together around a topic of interest and form a community of practitioners.

Specifically, on-line learning offers these advantages:

 It saves time and money for participants who would otherwise have to travel to a
 It provides access to information for participants who live and work in places where
resources may be unavailable or difficult to locate.
 It increases participants' familiarity and comfort with technology.
 It provides flexibility, allowing participants to access information at the time and pace
most convenient for them.
 It gives participants an opportunity to engage thoughtfully in a topic of interest by
allowing them time to reflect before responding.
 It provides materials that participants can print for future reference or share with
colleagues and community members.

 What Will I Learn from This Event?

Exploring the Nature and Prevention of Bullying is a five-part workshop designed to be completed over the course of five days. This workshop takes a tiered approach to learning, presenting multiple levels of information, actual examples of the application of this information, and extensive additional resources. It is divided into the following sections:

Day 1: Bullying Myths and Facts

This session provides answers to some frequently asked questions about bullying, including: What is bullying? How common is bullying? When and where does bullying occur? and How does bullying differ among students?

Day 2: Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders

This session describes the three main roles that students play in bullying situations, including the different subgroups within each role and some of the short- and long-term consequences associated with bullying.

Day 3: Bullying Prevention Strategies

This session provides an overview of some bullying prevention strategies, including broad-based educational campaigns, state anti-bullying legislation and policies, and school-based prevention programs.

Day 4: The Need for a Comprehensive Approach

This session examines the need for and components of a comprehensive approach to the prevention of bullying problems at school, as well as some action steps to support such an approach for administrators, teachers, parents, and students.

Day 5: Putting It All Together

This session helps participants assess the status of their school's bullying prevention plan and explore additional resources that might further inform their bullying prevention efforts.  

 How Is This Web Site Organized?

This site is composed of the following sections:


This is the page that you see when you first access the site. It includes a welcome to all participants, the event’s learning objectives, and information about the steps that you should have completed prior to beginning this event.

Getting Started

You are currently viewing this section, which provides a detailed introduction to and overview of the event.

Daily Materials

This is the heart of the event; you will acquire a basic understanding of the event topic from the daily materials. Materials appear in a variety of formats and can be printed for future reference. Each day, you will also be asked to answer two or three discussion questions that will help you reflect on and apply the information that you are learning.

Discussion Summary

This section contains a summary of the previous day's on-line discussion. On the final day of the event, it will contain links to all of the daily discussion summaries. Please read the summary before beginning your day's work.

Resources & Links

This section houses three types of resources: session, general, and additional. Session resources supplement the main text for each day of the event; examples are tip sheets and practical tools. General resources help you participate in this on-line training. Additional resources include links to other organizations and publications with information about the event topic.

Event Support

This section includes an on-line form you can submit if you need technical assistance. If you have any problems during this event, please do not hesitate to use this form. Center staff will promptly address all requests for assistance.

Discussion Area

This area houses the on-line discussion among participants. In addition to sharing your responses to the discussion questions found at the end of each session, you may also post any questions or comments you have about event content. The Training Center's director of continuing education will facilitate this discussion.

 How Much Time Is Required Each Day?

We expect that it will take you approximately one hour per day to review materials, complete activities, and contribute to the event discussion. We ask that you visit the Discussion Area at least once a day to share your ideas and experiences, as well as to review and respond to the messages posted by your fellow participants and Center staff. It is beneficial to visit the Discussion Area more than once each day, if possible; participants in other on-line workshops have found that more frequent visits allowed them to better monitor and contribute to the on-line discussion.

You will have a more accurate sense of how much time you will need to set aside for this event after you complete the first session. Please make sure to allow enough time each day to complete all event tasks; your full participation is the key to the success of this training.

 Can I Print These Materials?

All the materials on this site can be printed for future reference. However, we strongly suggest that you review the materials on-line before you print them, so that you can see how the various sections fit together.

To print a specific page, go to that page, place your cursor on File (at the top of the page), go to Print, and then press OK. Everything on the screen in front of you will print. Please note that, if you select this option, you will need to choose the "Landscape" orientation under Page Setup in order to fit all of the text on the page.

To print only the text (minus the title and navigation bars at the top and side of the screen), place your cursor on the page you want to print, right-click with your mouse, select Print, and choose OK.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to print the entire site with a single click of the mouse.

 Where Can I Go for Help?

If you have technical questions or problems, you can submit an on-line request for assistance in the Event Support section. You may also find answers to your questions in the following tip sheets located in the Resources & Links section: Navigating This Site, Participating in On-Line Events, and Using the Discussion Area.

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