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How do we empower our students struggling in the higher grades and beyond? How do we minimize harmful cyberbullying? How do we encourage tolerance and teach empathy? What about actual teacher bullying and the bullying of LGBT students? What role do the schools have in all this? Below is our talk on this topic. After watching, help us out with a comment.

Our panelists are:

Dan Blanchard the Award Winning Author, Speaker, Educator two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler, and two-time Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach grew up as a student-athlete. However, Dan admits that as a youth he was more of an athlete than a student. Dan has now successfully completed fourteen years of college and has earned seven degrees. He teaches Special Education in Connecticut’s largest inner-city high school where he was chosen by the AFT-CT as the face and voice of educational reform. Dan was with the team that put forth Connecticut’s new Social Studies Frameworks and is also a member of the Special Education Advisory Board to the Connecticut State Department of Education. In addition, Dan is a Teacher Consultant for the University of Connecticut’s Writing Project. Finally, Dan is a double veteran of the Army and the Air Force.
Because Dan’s students repeatedly asked him to write a book to tell others what he tells them, Dan finally listened and has now authored the Granddaddy’s Secrets teen leadership book series. His first book Feeling Lucky? is available at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/ocr9pze. Dan is currently writing a second edition for his second book, Feeling Good. His third book of the Granddaddy’s Secrets series,Feeling Strong! will be out next year. His academia books on writing lesson plans for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities that align with the Common Core, and his other on evaluating professional development should be out this fall and winter.
As an educator, coach, tutor, author, speaker, life coach, columnist, blogger and parent Dan feels that it is his duty to positively influence our youth every chance that he gets! He lives with his wife, Jennifer, their five children, and family dog, Daisy in Connecticut.

Julie Fantinato has been an Elementary Guidance Teacher/Counsellor for the past 17 years, and a teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School board since 1991. She has been on the Board of the Ontario School Counsellors Association for 7 years and has been an instructor of additional qualifications courses for teachers in Guidance and Career Education, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education since 2005. She currently services 15 elementary schools and provides classroom programming and individual/group counselling in such areas as Building Healthy Relationships, Bullying Prevention, Social Skills, Self-Esteem, Mental Health and Wellness, Transition to High School and Pathways/Career Exploration.She has had specific training in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, Roots of Empathy, Restorative Circles, Friends for Life and Violent-Threat Risk Assessment.

Barbara Gruener, school counselor and author of What’s Under Your Cape? has had the pleasure of working with all grade levels preK-12th during her 32 years in public education. When she’s not in school influencing kids, it’s likely she’s motivating adults through her interactive workshops and inspirational keynotes.

Adrienne Katz is a director of Bullying Intervention Group in UK. Her organization runs a national award for excellence in bullying intervention. They do research, training, offer resources to schools etc I also direct The Cybersurvey, collecting data on young people’s online lives. She is an author and trainer Her special field is cyberbullying .

Gina Vincent has been an Elementary Guidance Teacher/Counsellor for the past 17 years, and a teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School board since 1991. I have been on the Board of the Ontario School Counsellors Association for 7 years and have been an instructor of additional qualifications courses for teachers in Guidance and Career Education, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education since 2005. I currently service 15 elementary schools and provide classroom programming and individual/group counselling in such areas as Building Healthy Relationships, Bullying Prevention, Social Skills, Self-Esteem, Mental Health and Wellness, Transition to High School and Pathways/Career Exploration. I have had specific training in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, Roots of Empathy, Restorative Circles, Friends for Life and Violent-Threat Risk Assessment.

Oscar Cielos Staton began his teaching career in 1998 while continuing his passion for film oscsquareproduction in Texas.  He quickly developed an affinity for working with low socioeconomic Hispanic families.  “The lives of my students,” he says “very much mirror the life I once had as an immigrant in this country in a public elementary school. Actually, I tell them they are lucky because they have other students similar to them in the same classroom. My experience was that of a true minority in the classroom. Only one other student in my class spoke Spanish!” As a teacher, he established himself as someone in touch with the student experience.  Nowadays Oscar continues his educational journey with the Teach Cow website and his podcast Teachers Talk Live, which brings together teachers from all over the world for talks on K-12 Education.

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Oscar Cielos Staton began his teaching career in 1998 while continuing his passion for film production in Texas. He quickly developed an affinity for working with low socioeconomic Hispanic families. "The lives of my students," he says "very much mirror the life I once had as an immigrant in this country in a public elementary school. Actually, I tell them they are lucky because they have other students similar to them in the same classroom. My experience was that of a true minority in the classroom. Only one other student in my class spoke Spanish!" As a teacher, he established himself as someone in touch with the student experience. Nowadays Oscar continues his educational journey with the Teach Cow website and his podcast Teachers Talk Live, which brings together teachers from all over the world for talks on K-12 Education.

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