A dual-session Anti-Bullying workshop presented by R. Taylor Ruilova
On February 6, 2012, R. Taylor Ruilova, Esq. presented two professional development workshops at the Morris-Union Jointure Commission in New Providence, New Jersey. In attendance were administrators, Child Study Team personnel and teachers from numerous school districts.
The first session focused on the newly enacted New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act of 2011 and the practical implications of implementing the law. The workshop provided clarification on the new legislation’s meaning, intent and ramifications, in addition to guidance on potential legal issues that could surface in connection with the mostly uncharted waters of the law. Participants were also given best practice tips on anticipating and addressing day-to-day issues school districts face with harassment, intimidation and bullying.
The second workshop session, entitled Bullying & Discipline in the Electronic Age, dealt with the ever changing landscape of technology, and how it impacts learning and the well-managed school environment. Special attention was directed towards application of the new Anti-Bullying Rights Act, as well as other state and federal laws dealing with bullying. The lecture also provided information on the latest established and emerging forms of social media and electronic communication, and how school districts can practically manage bullying and other disciplinary incidents that arise through the use of such technology. A sampling of recent cases dealing with electronic communications and content and their relation to educational and discipline matters was also covered.