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Posted: October 24, 2012

Moving Toward Civility Workshop Offered by NM Human Rights Projects

Teachers, administrators, counselors and social workers from APS and all over New Mexico participated in a Teacher Training Bullying Workshop on October 17.

Pictured are some of the APS teachers who attended the one-day workshop Moving Toward Civility sponsored by the New Mexico Human Rights Projects.

The day long workshop was held at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town to a large crowd of engaged educators.  The workshop was opened with remarks by Regina Turner, Executive Director of the NM Human Rights Projects, a long time Join-a-School partner to the district.  She introduced US Attorney Kenneth Gonzales, who opened the conference. 

NM Representative Rick Miera gave an Overview of SB 78, which requires public schools in New Mexico to implement a bullying prevention program.   Then Dr. Mary Johnson, Senior Historian from Facing History and Ourselves, spoke on What is Bullying and How is it Defined in NM?   She also provided tools for educators that prompted in depth discussion.  Attendees worked through case studies in ostracism at their tables and shared successful strategies from their schools. 

Bradford Bleier, Supervisory Special Agent from the Albuquerque FBI Field Office Cyber Squad, spoke at lunch about response and intervention.  The Albuquerque FBI is also a Join-a-School partner to APS.  The afternoon was dedicated to a presentation and discussions about Moving Toward Civility in schools and designing action plans for a safe school culture.   Executive Director Turner said that the workshop was very successful.  NMHRP is a nonprofit organization bringing successful programs to tens of thousands of teachers and students since 1995 that address the importance of respecting differences.  It is hoped that promoting peace and civility in the classroom will help create safe school environments and combat bullying.   The workshop was closed by a presentation from Dancing Classrooms New Mexico.