H.E.A.R Pre-Conference Academy

The purpose of this interactive session is to share the methods of youth empowerment used in HEAR -- Helping Everyone Achieve Respect. HEAR is a student workshop, developed by subject matter experts at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, that impacts middle school students' thinking about bullying prevention and respect building. Content, resources and opportunities to schedule HEAR workshops will be discussed, and participants will also play a group game (one that is fun, simple and stress-less, we promise!), role play and participate in small group discussions that will prepare them to facilitate HEAR workshops with their own students. 

Why We Do It

Bullying is a serious social problem affecting every aspect of our lives, inflicting tremendous damage to our children, our co-workers and society as a whole. Bullying occurs at virtually every age level and in every social environment, but experts agree that bullying is most prevalent in our schools.

Impact of Bullying

The media is rife with examples of bullying and its often tragic results – verbal abuse, physical abuse, even suicide. Educators, parents and lawmakers across the country recognize this growing problem, and all 50 states have instituted bullying prevention policies for schools. Yet few of these laws and policies provide a clear direction or adequate funding to actually do something to address bullying in our schools.

Bullying Prevention Results

The HEAR Team is dedicated to changing that – and we’re already making progress. Survey data from students who have participated in the HEAR program reveals strong student engagement.

  • 90% of students feel HEAR helps them understand what bullying is and why people bully others.
  • 88% feel HEAR gives them useful ideas for what to do if they witness bullying.
  • 89% report the presentation influenced their commitment to respecting and including others.

The impact is clear – the high-engagement bullying presentations and resources of the HEAR approach inform students and help improve the lives of our youth.


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1:00pm-4:00pm (includes materials) $30 

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Amy M. Smith, Ph.D.
Director of Educational Programs
Career Training Concepts, Inc.

Amy Smith is Director of Educational Programs at Career Training Concepts, Inc., where she applies her passion for children’s social and emotional well-being on projects aimed to stop bullying and promote respect in schools.  She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from The University of Memphis.  As a researcher at the Center for Research in Educational Policy in Memphis, Dr. Smith was responsible for research projects aimed at discovering instructional methods to improve student achievement. 

Prior to joining the Center for Research, Dr. Smith taught in inclusive school environments with a Masters level Tennessee teaching license.  She instructed college courses on child development for teachers, consulted with schools in the West Tennessee area, developed and delivered numerous workshops for teachers and administrators, accomplished several publications, and studied innovative education in Italy.  Dr. Smith currently serves on the Board of Directors for a charter school in Utah.

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