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Education Students Strive to End Bullying

Rocky Mount, NC – North Carolina Wesleyan College students Mandy Johnson and Jill Moye have joined national efforts to end bullying among young people.  Following a recent trip to San Diego, CA as student delegates to the annual conference of the National Education Association (NEA), these future teachers are working with members of the state association and others to develop workshops for their peers and current educators.

The conference title, “Bully Free, It Starts with Me” set the tone for the launch of the national anti-bullying campaign as education leaders came together for the event.  Johnson and Moye had a unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with veteran teachers and education students from around the United States.

Johnson and Moye are officers in the Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE). Johnson is from Richmond, VA and serves as the organization’s representative to NEA.  She is majoring in elementary education with an emphasis on visual arts.  She will graduate in December 2013.  Moye, who is from Spring Hope, NC, serves as the SNCAE secretary.   She is majoring in elementary education with a focus on rural communities and plans to graduate in May 2014.

Dr. Patricia G. Brewer, who is an associate professor of education at NCWC and the SNCAE advisor said, “Professional development activities for teachers are essential to affect positive changes in our classrooms.  We are delighted that our students were able to attend this conference.”

In recent years, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education has been campaigning to help combat bullying in American schools and on college campuses.  At the conference, Johnson and Moye heard from NEA leaders and renowned education researchers, including some who have discussed this issue with President Obama.  The state leaders were encouraged to disseminate their new-found knowledge about bullying to their respective state’s current and pre-service teachers.

Armed with knowledge and tools from the NEA conference, Johnson and Moye are working with the state executive team members to host bullying workshops for teachers and education majors across the state.  The first event was held in February at NC A&T State University in Greensboro. They have planned four additional bullying workshops to be held across the state:  February 23 at Catawba College; March 2 at UNC-Asheville; and March 9 at Elizabeth City State University.  Johnson and Moye will present at the final event on March 16 at UNC-Wilmington.

Brewer said, “Mandy and Jill have taken this opportunity seriously and are involved in planning these workshops that will share the information about bullying with others.  This is great experience for them as future teachers and leaders in the field of education.”

To learn more about the workshops and other efforts to end bullying, individuals may register at:  http://bit.ly/sncaeplds13. The events are free for SNCAE members and $25 for non-members. These workshops are a joint effort between SNCAE and NCAE, as part of “Regional Professional Learning Days”.

NC Wesleyan College students may contact Wesleyan SNCAE Chapter President Mandy Johnson at: mj173453@my.ncwc.edu. For information and resources about bullying, visit the NEA website: http://www.nea.org/home/neabullyfree.html.

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