Training & Support

Team HIBster

Team HIBster

Trainings and Programs

  • Team HIBster provides student, staff, and parent trainings and programs for all areas of education.
  • All trainings, programs, and presentations can be modified to meet your unique needs.
  • Custom trainings, programs and presentations are also available by request.
  • All trainings, programs and presentations can be scheduled with an accompanying staff, student or parent version in support of NJ HIB-ITP.

Staff

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Bullying in Sports: The Injuries We Don’t See

Provides an increased awareness on bullying and the various types of behavior that is often associated within sports. Coach Randy’s presentation identifies the bully culture that exists within sports, identifies the types of bullies (Bully Coach, Bully Parent & Bully Player), identifies warning signs of being bullied and/or aggressive behavior, lists effective strategies for dealing with conflict and prejudice, and encourages coaches to empower players to become "Upstanders" and leaders in their school community.

The Bully in Me – Helping faculty identify how they contribute to bullying

Gossip. Sarcasm. Playing favorites. Teasing. These are only a few ways teachers unknowingly contribute to the culture of bullying. Whether through the socialization of students, accepting inappropriate behavior from select individuals, or poor role modeling, teachers sometimes inadvertently participate in bullying. Designed to raise awareness of this sensitive topic, this program allows educators to confront an important component of bullying and take proper steps to address it.

Five Secrets to Effective Classroom Management

Managing classrooms require creativity, patience and other secrets that are shared in this important training. Educators are challenged that the answers to their classroom challenges are within, not without.

School Staff, Contracted Service Providers and Volunteers

All staff trainings can be modified to meet your unique needs. Custom staff trainings are also available by request. All staff trainings can be scheduled with accompanying parent/community and student presentations.

Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act for School Staff, Contracted Service Providers and Volunteers

This is a thorough, step-by-step review of the ABR from start to finish. Designed by an educator with legalese translated to be comprehensible to educators.

Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act for Anti-bullying Coordinators and Administrators

This is a thorough, step-by-step review of the ABR from start to finish. Designed by an educator with legalese translated to be comprehensible to educators.

Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act for Anti-bullying Specialists and School Safety Teams

This is a thorough, step-by-step review of the ABR from start to finish. Designed by an educator with legalese translated to be comprehensible to educators.

Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act for Board of Education Trustees

This is a thorough, step-by-step review of the ABR from start to finish. Designed by an educator with legalese translated to be comprehensible to educators.

Conducting Lawful and Effective HIB Investigations

HIB Investigative process from start to finish. Student interviews, evidence collection, ABR Criteria, and recommendations for remediation.

How to Utilize I&RS in Support of Anti-bullying Student Remediation

  • I&RS and School Safety Team Articulation
  • Best Practice Remedial Measures for HIB Actors
  • How to Develop HIB Student Safety Plans for HIB Targets
  • How to Develop I&RS Plans for HIB Actors Who Exhibit Behavioral Difficulties
  • Maintaining IDEA/ADA Disciplinary Compliance for Students with Disabilities
  • Best Practice Strategies for utilizing technology to maximize efficiency
  • Internet and Technology Safety – A Road Map to Protecting Children

Internet and Technology Safety – A Road Map to Protecting Children

In today’s technological age, school faculty faces a daunting task of teaching and mentoring children free of constant negative influence. Access to undesirable people and information is prevalent and extremely difficult to monitor. This is exacerbated by the fact that most kids are more proficient and comfortable with technology than adults. Consequently, faculty members need to educate themselves on the danger today’s children face from this constantly connected online world.

In an effort to educate and empower teachers and other faculty to keep a better watch over children the following presentation is being offered: Internet and Technology Safety – A Road Map to Protecting Children. During this 60 to 90 minute presentation, faculty will learn of the following danger areas:

  • Online Sexual Predators
  • Access to Pornography – Intentional and Unintentional
  • Online Aggression (Cyber Bullying)
  • Dangers of Posting Personal Data and Online Stalking
  • Online Addictions
  • Sexting (Self Produced Promiscuous Photos) – Response Plan presented
  • Irresponsible Technology Usage
  • Psychological Fallout From Inappropriate Usage and Exposure and its Effect on Student Behavior

After being made aware of the dangers, faculty will learn the tools to fight back. Among the tools presented are the following:

  • Dealing With Psychological Repercussions of Exposure and Constant Connectedness
  • Techniques for Communicating With Children About Technology Dangers
  • What To Do If You Have an Incident – School Response

Lawful Management of HIB Records

This training emphasizes HIB record maintenance and maintaining student privacy rights in compliance with NJAC and FERPA.

Practical Guide to School Safety Team Management

An Interactive and Hands-on Workshop for Anti-Bullying Coordinators, Specialists, and School Safety Team Members

  • How to Recruit, Develop and Nurture an Effective School Safety Team
  • How to Develop an Effective and Efficient School Safety Team Meeting Schedule and Structure
  • Best Practice Strategies for utilizing technology to maximize efficiency

Practical Guide to Improving School Culture & Climate

An Interactive and Hands-on Workshop for Anti-Bullying Coordinators, Specialists, and School Safety Team Members

  • School Culture and Climate – It has to be everyone, all day, every day
  • Best Practice Strategies for Developing School Culture & Climate Programs
  • Examples of Cost Effective Student-Centered School Culture & Climate Programs
  • Best Practice Strategies for utilizing technology to highlight programs

Teen Dating Violence & Healthy Relationships

The state of NJ recently passed a law to help address the prevalence of dating violence and the issues surrounding forming healthy relationships. One out of four adolescents report physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can cause both short-term and long-term effects, including poor school performance, substance abuse, depression and anxiety and suicide attempts. The law requires schools to address these issues within the school curriculum and develop content. During this presentation, staff will learn:

  • The legal definition and components of dating violence
  • What is dating violence, i.e. physical, sexual and emotional abuse
  • What is considered a "dating partner"
  • Age appropriate examples & Scenarios
  • Recognizing the trouble signs
  • Common excuses and misunderstandings
  • How technology plays a role in the progression of dating violence
  • Self-respect and what constitutes a healthy relationship
  • Forming healthy relationships
  • Impact on healthy relationships into adulthood

LGBTQ Trainings

Coming Out 101

What does it mean when someone comes out of the closet? What is that experience like for many LGBTQ people? Learn about coming out identity models and participate in discussions and activities that will provide insight to the coming out process so that you can better support LGBTQ people.

LGBTQ Programming

Whether you are looking for LGBTQ-specific programs that you can bring to your campus, or interested in finding out how you can enhance your current programming to include LGBTQ people and issues, this workshop will present just that and more! Not only will participants be able to identify ways they can create more inclusive programs, participants will be able to identify easy, inclusive ways they can intentionally educate their campus community through programs, observances, and activities that are fun and engaging for the entire community.

Starting a GSA

Looking to start a Gay Straight Alliance on your campus? This workshop provides details for students and advisors on how to build the foundation for your student organization. Choosing a name for your organization, developing program ideas, and where to find additional, important resources are available in this seminar.

Transgender 101

"Transgender" is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of identities but what do those identities mean and how can we best support our transgender students? Participants in this foundational workshop will leave with a better understanding of transgender terminology, the issues that affect transgender students and their families, and will be able to identify ways they can create inclusive spaces for trans people on their campuses. Bathrooms, names, and gender pronouns will also be discussed in this session.

Sex vs. Gender vs. Sexuality

Sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation are separate identities that are oftentimes misunderstood and confusing to folks. In this workshop, we will start to dispel the stereotypes associated with with sex, gender, and sexuality and gain greater insight to these identities through individual mapping. Sex, gender, and sexuality terminology are also covered in this interactive session.

Behavior Management & Special Needs Trainings

Functional Behavior Assessments

Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) are comprehensive behavioral evaluations that provide valuable information pertaining to a child’s behavior and it’s effect on their ability to learn and function in school, home and community settings. This workshop will present a user-friendly template of an FBA, including all key components (observation, data collection, parent/staff interviews, review of key documents, summary, and recommendations). Discussion on the use of FBA’s to guide behavioral and academic programming will be incorporated.

Behavior Intervention Plans

Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) are to be included in student IEP’s who require ongoing behavioral support within a school setting. BIP’s can prove very effective in home and community settings as well. An effective Behavior Planning model and template will be shared. The model includes the main components of a comprehensive plan including baseline rates of behavior, antecedent strategies, the treatment plan, data collection methods and relevant research.

Applied Behavior Analysis: A Universal Set of Guiding Principles

The principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) have proven themselves effective in educating and modifying behavior in children diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum. The fact of the matter is that these principles can be universally applied to foster functional, meaningful change in all individuals in varied educational, home and community settings. The workshop will define ABA, discuss the core principles, the methods for determining the functions of behavior and the importance of data collection and tracking behavior.

Effective School-Wide Behavior Management Programs

Positive Behavior Supports in schools and classrooms are an effective component to promoting appropriate behavior and decreasing inappropriate behavior. This workshop focuses on fostering appropriate behavior through a systematic program that utilizes the principle of Positive Reinforcement to "reward" appropriate behaviors. We will touch on the core components of reinforcement including determination of reinforcers of appropriate potency and ensuring that reinforcers are provided at an appropriate frequency. We will learn about token (generalized) reinforcement. Sample class-wide and school-wide systems will be shared.

Understanding AUTISM

The most recent edition of the DSM has modified the definition of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This workshop will define ASD and share the criteria for diagnosis. Common characteristics of the disability will be discussed as well as some effective educational and behavioral interventions.

An Overview of Behavioral Disabilities

Students diagnosed as having a behavioral disability have special needs needs that require specialized behavioral intervention and support. We will identify and discuss varying behavioral diagnoses including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and varying Anxiety Disorders. Current trends in addressing needs of these students will be shared, including appropriate programming and intervention.

Behavior Management in the Classroom

All classrooms benefit from the implementation of Positive Behavior Supports to promote appropriate student behavior. Tiered systems of support provide intervention at all levels from least to most intensive. We will discuss the hierarchy, ranging from an overarching class-wide system, to individual Behavior Intervention Plans for students. We will identify ways to determine the function of behavior and the role of reinforcement and punishment in changing behavior.

Positive Behavioral Supports

The implementation of Positive Behavior Supports is the primary approach to teaching new, appropriate behavior to students in school settings. Unfortunately, many schools still rely primarily on the use of punishment to address challenging behavior. While there is a place for punishment in schools and in life, this presentation will focus on fostering a culture of "positivity" and the use of Positive Reinforcement to change behavior. We will learn about determining the function of behavior and the development and implementation of specific, positive strategies to change behavior.

Comparing the Use of Positive Reinforcement and Punishment in Effective Behavior Change

The use of positive interventions or punishment can foster behavior change. This workshop will compare the two approaches, define what each means and how they work to change behavior. We will introduce the principle of Extinction (planned ignoring) and it’s role in changing behavior. Finally we will discuss the importance of developing behavioral interventions that provide the best opportunity for true behavior change over time.

Self-Injurious Behaviors

This training will review Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and develop a greater awareness of who is at risk; NSSI among adolescents and teens; causes of NSSI; and best practices for detection, intervention, and treatment of NSSI.

Turn Around that Student with Challenging Behaviors: Strategies for Success (General Education)

The law requires that all students with special needs be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). This means that many students with special behavioral needs are entitled to be educated in inclusive settings. At times, their behavior may interfere with the ability for them or others to learn to their potential or may draw negative attention to them. Teachers and support staff need not despair! We will discuss the importance of identifying target behaviors, understanding why they happen and developing appropriate interventions to change the behavior. The presentation focuses on the challenges that come with addressing behavior in a general education classroom.

Why Does this Behavior Continue to Happen? Understanding the Functions of Behavior

The exhibition of aberrant behavior can pose challenges in any number of settings including home, school and community. Most often, parents, teachers and caregivers act quickly to implement intervention that may or may not get at the root cause of the behavior. This presentation will speak to the importance of determine the true "Function" of challenging behaviors in order to address them at the core and affect meaningful behavior change. Methods of Functional Behavior Assessment will be shared from basic to more comprehensive.

NJ Department of Education Mandated Trainings

Potentially Missing/Abused Children Reporting

Training on procedures for the early detection of missing, abused, or neglected children through notification of, reporting to, and cooperation with the appropriate law enforcement and child welfare authorities.

Law Enforcement Operations

This training will review the policies and procedures established in the subchapter on law enforcement operations for substances, weapons and safety and the exchange of information regarding the practices of the education and law enforcement.

Mandatory Gang Awareness Training for School Administrators

This training will satisfy the annual requirements as set forth by the Office of the Attorney General on the topic of gangs and gang activity.

School Safety & Crisis Preparation and Management

This training will enable employees to recognize and appropriately respond to safety and security concerns, including emergencies and crises, consistent with the district board of education’s plans procedures and mechanisms for school safety and security. School Crisis Management planning and preparation training and consultation is also available.

Students

Student Programs

Digital Citizenship & Online Safety Introduction (3-12)

With all the mass connectivity, devices and vast communication related technology, kids are subject to navigating the unrelenting online world with little regard to for their own safety. Our kids today, are utilizing the advances of technology without truly understanding the aspects around being a good digital citizens, Netiquette and being safe. Each day children are being exposed to inappropriate material, subject to online predators and even bullying/cyber bullying. During this presentation, students will learn: tools to recognize and address these issues in an age appropriate manner. Subject is tailored to fit grades 3-12.

  • What is a ‘digital citizen’?
  • The Nine foundations of Digital Citizenship
  • Connectivity, devices and the internet
  • Permanence of data& the digital footprint
  • Internet & privacy
  • Posting information safely
  • Taking a pledge to be a good digital citizen
  • How is being a citizen of the internet the same/different than my home town?
  • What are the implications of digital citizenship in today’s world?
  • Understand that computers can be used to visit far-away places and learn new things.
  • Understand that staying safe online is similar to staying safe in the real world.
  • Describe how to travel safely on the Internet.

Internet and Technology Safety: A Roadmap to Protecting Students (3-12)

Students receive a much milder presentation of the points listed above. Care is taken not to provide "suggestions" to the student attendee. Rather, the focus is on awareness to the dangers that exist online, exercising responsible online behavior. Students are presented with appropriate options and responses if they or their peers are in crisis. In this program an emphasis is placed on bullying actions and consequences. The following three roles will be addressed in the program:

  • The Bully: The program will cover what constitutes bullying and the consequences to these actions.
  • The Victim: Coping skills will be discussed and methods for getting help will be presented.
  • The Bystander: The student will learn techniques for passively or actively intervening when witnessing

Presentations can be customized to any age group.

Internet Safety & Social Media Awareness (5-8)

  • Connectivity and Devices
  • Digital Footprints
  • Structure of The Internet – What Makes It Dangerous
  • Strangers On-Line & Posting Others Information
  • Social Media Awareness and what you need to know!
  • Stalking/Invasion of Privacy
  • Nothing Truly Gets Deleted
  • Digital Etiquette/Inappropriate Content
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying

Pre-Prom / Graduation Presentation (11-12)

The end of the school year is extremely festive for students, particularly those in their Junior and Senior year. It is around this time that most schools provide presentations to the students regarding drug and alcohol usage. Additionally, many schools offer a similar presentation to parent which adds a component of the liabilities parents face by providing alcohol to underage students. During this presentation, students and parents learn the dangers and potential illegalities of posting information online. Attendees will learn the following:

  • The dangers of listing the address of a post-prom shore houses on Facebook and other social media
  • The dangers and illegalities of taking pictures of an unsuspecting or unwitting persons (sleeping or incapacitated)
  • The fallout for posting compromising pictures themselves in future job searches or college applications
  • Many more of the dangers and issues surrounding technology and irresponsible postings

Tormented – A Story of Survival: Bullying Prevention (9-12)

A very powerful and moving program from the perspective of a social worker and author who endured years of bullying as an adolescent and teenager.

LGBTQ

Coming Out 101 (9-12)

What does it mean when someone comes out of the closet? What is that experience like for many LGBTQ people? Learn about coming out identity models and participate in discussions and activities that will provide insight to the coming out process so that you can better support LGBTQ people.

Sex vs. Gender vs. Sexuality (9-12)

Sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation are separate identities that are oftentimes misunderstood and confusing to folks. In this workshop, we will start to dispel the stereotypes associated with with sex, gender, and sexuality and gain greater insight to these identities through individual mapping. Sex, gender, and sexuality terminology are also covered in this interactive session.

Parents & Community

Parents and Community Members

All programs can be modified to meet your unique needs. Custom programs are also available by request. All parent/community programs can be scheduled with accompanying staff trainings and student presentations in support of NJ HIB-ITP.

Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying Prevention

Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act for Parents: Understanding Bullying, and What the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Means for You, Your Child, and Your Child’s School

This is a thorough, step-by-step review of the ABR from start to finish. Designed by an educator with legalese translated to be comprehensible to parents.

A-B-C’s of Bullying Behaviors: Why do they happen? How do I change them?

This parent presentation is designed to give parents the knowledge they need to work with children who exhibit challenging behaviors. Children who exhibit challenging behaviors do so for a reason. The same applies to students that are alleged as committing Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying. This workshop focuses on determining "Function of Behavior" via simple, objective observation and data collection. Learn to look for triggers (Antecedents) of behavior and to be aware of the reaction (Consequences) that you and others have to the behaviors that either work to perpetuate or cease the behavior. We will discuss the development and implementation of strategies to address and change behavior based on the apparent function.

Cyber Bad: The Causes and Effects of Cyberbullying Among Adolescents and Teens

The use of technology (instant messaging, text and picture messaging and social networking sites) is quickly becoming the primary means of bullying, harassment, cyberstalking, and other forms of risk-taking among adolescents. The immediacy and relative anonymity of technology-based communication increases the overall likelihood of impulsive and inappropriate behaviors. This workshop will provide a review of the NJ Anti-bullying Bill of Rights Act and detail the current trends in cyber-bullying, harassment and victimization, particularly as they relate to developmental and psychosocial factors in childhood and adolescence. Participants will explore how the blending of technology and adolescent development creates a potent and dangerous combination, leading to excessive risk-taking and the inability to control impulses and foresee consequences.

Digital Citizenship & Online Safety Introduction

In today’s technological age, parents face a daunting task of raising their children free of constant negative influence. Access to undesirable people and information is prevalent and extremely difficult to monitor. This is exacerbated by the fact that most kids are more proficient and comfortable with technology than their parents. Consequently, parents need to educate themselves on the danger today’s children face from this constantly connected online world.

In an effort to educate and empower parents to keep a better watch over their children, Heroes and Cool Kids offers, Internet and Technology Safety – A Parent’s Roadmap to Protecting Their Children. During this 90-minute presentation, parents will learn of the following danger areas:

  • Online Sexual Predators
  • Access to Pornography – Intentional and Unintentional
  • Online Aggression (Cyber Bullying)
  • Dangers of Posting Personal Data and Online Stalking
  • Online Addictions
  • Sexting (Self Produced Promiscuous Photos)
  • Irresponsible Technology Usage
  • Psychological Fallout From Inappropriate Usage and Exposure

After being made aware of the dangers, parents will learn the tools to fight back. Among the tools presented to parents are the following:

  • Technology Monitoring Options (Computer and Mobile Phone) – Keeping an Eye On Your Child’s Online Activity
  • Dealing With Psychological Repercussions of Exposure and Constant Connectedness
  • Techniques for Communicating With Children About Technology Dangers
  • What To Do If You Have an Incident

Internet and Technology Safety: A Parent’s Roadmap to Protecting Their Children

In an effort to educate and empower parents to keep a better watch over their children, the following presentation is being offered: Internet and Technology Safety – A Parent’s Roadmap to Protecting Their Children. During this 90-minute presentation, parents will learn of the following danger areas:

  • Online Sexual Predators Lurking in Homes
  • Access to Pornography – Intentional and Unintentional
  • Online Aggression (Cyber Bullying) – What to do if your child is the victim or the aggressor.
  • Dangers of Posting Personal Data and Online Stalking (Think Before You Allow Your Child to Post or
  • Online Addictions
  • Sexting (Self Produced Promiscuous Photos)
  • Irresponsible Technology Usage
  • Psychological Fallout From Inappropriate Usage and Exposure

After being made aware of the dangers, parents will learn the tools to fight back. Among the tools presented to parents are the following:

  • Technology Monitoring Options (Computer and Mobile Phone) – Keeping an Eye On Your Child’s Online Activity
  • Designing Appropriate Usage of Technology for Your Family
  • Dealing With Psychological Repercussions of Exposure and Constant Connectedness
  • Techniques for Communicating With Children About Technology Dangers
  • What To Do If You Have an Incident – Where to Go for Help

Helping Parents Understand Bullying and Working with their Children

The objective of this program is to help parents understand the definition of bullying, the impact bullying can have on all involved, and what steps can be taken to address and prevent bullying.

Core Subjects:

  • Definition of bullying
  • How bullying can affect students
  • Warning signs of bullying
  • Effect on families of students who are bullied
  • What can parents/guardians do if child is bullied at school
  • Whose responsibility it is to stop bullying at school
  • What can be done to address bullying at home

Teen Dating Violence & Healthy Relationships

The state of NJ recently passed a law to help address the prevalence of dating violence and the issues surrounding forming healthy relationships. One out of four adolescents report physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can cause both short-term and long-term effects, including poor school performance, substance abuse, depression and anxiety and suicide attempts. The law requires schools to address these issues within the school curriculum and develop content. During this presentation, parents will learn:

  • The legal definition and components of dating violence
  • What is dating violence, i.e. physical, sexual and emotional abuse
  • What is considered a "dating partner"
  • Age appropriate examples & Scenarios
  • Recognizing the trouble signs
  • Common excuses and misunderstandings
  • How technology plays a role in the progression of dating violence
  • Self-respect and what constitutes a healthy relationship
  • Forming healthy relationships
  • Impact on healthy relationships into adulthood

LGBTQ Trainings

Coming Out 101

What does it mean when someone comes out of the closet? What is that experience like for many LGBTQ people? Learn about coming out identity models and participate in discussions and activities that will provide insight to the coming out process so that you can better support LGBTQ people.

Transgender 101

"Transgender" is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of identities but what do those identities mean and how can we best support our transgender students? Participants in this foundational workshop will leave with a better understanding of transgender terminology, the issues that affect transgender students and their families, and will be able to identify ways they can create inclusive spaces for trans people on their campuses. Bathrooms, names, and gender pronouns will also be discussed in this session.

Sex vs. Gender vs. Sexuality

Sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation are separate identities that are oftentimes misunderstood and confusing to folks. In this workshop, we will start to dispel the stereotypes associated with with sex, gender, and sexuality and gain greater insight to these identities through individual mapping. Sex, gender, and sexuality terminology are also covered in this interactive session.

Behavior Management & Special Needs Programs

Understanding AUTISM

The most recent edition of the DSM has modified the definition of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This workshop will define ASD and share the criteria for diagnosis. Common characteristics of the disability will be discussed as well as some effective educational and behavioral interventions.

Why Does this Behavior Continue to Happen? Understanding the Functions of Behavior

The exhibition of aberrant behavior can pose challenges in any number of settings including home, school and community. Most often, parents, teachers and caregivers act quickly to implement intervention that may or may not get at the root cause of the behavior. This presentation will speak to the importance of determine the true "Function" of challenging behaviors in order to address them at the core and affect meaningful behavior change. Methods of Functional Behavior Assessment will be shared from basic to more comprehensive.

Positive Parenting I – Behavioral Supports

The implementation of Positive Behavior Supports is the primary approach to teaching new, appropriate behavior to students in school settings. Unfortunately, many schools still rely primarily on the use of punishment to address challenging behavior. While there is a place for punishment in schools and in life, this presentation will focus on fostering a culture of "positivity" and the use of Positive Reinforcement to change behavior. We will learn about determining the function of behavior and the development andimplementation of specific, positive strategies to change behavior.

Positive Parenting II – Comparing the Use of Positive Reinforcement and Punishment in Effective Behavior Change

The use of positive interventions or punishment can foster behavior change. This workshop will compare the two approaches, define what each means and how they work to change behavior. We will introduce the principle of Extinction (planned ignoring) and it’s role in changing behavior. Finally we will discuss the importance of developing behavioral interventions that provide the best opportunity for true behavior change over time.

Team HIBster Members

Team HIBster provides student, staff, and parent trainings and programs for all areas of education.

Jamie Edward Ciafalo, MA

Jamie Edward Ciafalo, MAJamie is the owner and founder of POWER Educational Consultants, LLC, and a district administrator and coordinator for a public school district in Bergen County, NJ. Jamie has extensive experience in general and special education administration and program development. He also serves as a NJDOE mentor for new principals through NJ Leaders to Leaders (NJ-L2L) and is the founder, facilitator, and presenter for the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Coordinators Association and Educators Training Institute. Jamie is a highly sought after speaker and professional development provider.

Administrative Experience (Past and Present)

Director of School Counseling Services; Principal: ages 3-21 for a Public Special Needs District; Supervisor of Guidance; Director Supervisor of Nursing Services; District 504 Coordinator; District Intervention & Referral Services Coordinator; District Affirmative Action Officer; District McKinney-Vento Coordinator (Education of Homeless Students); District Educational Stability Program Coordinator; District Division of Child Protection and Permanency; District Test Coordinator; District Crisis Team Member; and District Crisis Team Coordinator.

New Jersey Department of Education Certifications

School Administrator; Director of School Counseling Services; Principal; Supervisor; Student Personnel Services; Teacher of the Handicapped, K-12; Teacher of Elementary Education, K-8; and Teacher of Psychology,

Awards and Accomplishments

2009 New Jersey School Boards Association Innovations in Special Education Award
2008 American Association of School Administrators National Civic Star Award(NJ)
2005 Bergen County Assistant Football Coach of the Year
Lodi High School Football State Champions 1992, 1998 & 2005
Rutherford High School Employee Recognition Award, 1998

Phil Patire, MA

Phil Patire, MAPhil is an experienced leader with over 30 years of success in administering public schools, researching and developing school curriculum and providing assessment and evaluation of teaching staff members. Strong team building, problem solving and planning abilities combined with excellent organization, communication and supervisory skills. He has served as a field trainer for NJPSA with the responsibility of presenting in service staff development programs within New Jersey school districts and charter schools. The programs have dealt with the New Jersey Anti Bullying of Rights and the harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) regulations, bullying and school climate. Phil has been employed as a national trainer for the Olweus Bully Prevention program. This nationally and internationally accredited program is overseen by Clemson University. Phil is also a renowned security expert. He has managed a security budget of $2,000,000 and supervised a security planning for Morristown Memorial Hospital, an eight hundred and fifty bed facility and a Level I Regional Trauma Center.

  • Elementary School Teacher-New Jersey Department of Education Certification
  • Supervisor-New Jersey Department of Education Certification
  • Principal-New Jersey Department of Education Certification
  • School Administrator-New Jersey Department of Education Certification
  • Business Administrator-New Jersey Department of Education Certification
  • Emergency/Security Management-Homeland Security (CHS Level III) Certification
  • Child Safety Instructor- Know and Go Child Safety program
  • Tactical Defense Trainer- Compliance, Direction, Take-down Tactical Training
  • Trainer-Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
  • Trainer-New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Assciation

Scott Rossig, M.Ed, BCBA

http://www.bestbehavedkids.com

Scott Rossig, M.Ed, BCBAScott Rossig, M.Ed, BCBA has worked in the fields of Special Education and Behavior Analysis for the past 22 years. He has worked with children and young adults aged 3 through 21 years. Scott is certified as Teacher of the Handicapped in the State of New Jersey. He received his certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2005. Additionally, Scott has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and is certified as a School Principal in the state of New Jersey.

Related experiences include working 10 years as a public school Special Education Teacher in both self-contained and inclusive settings. Scott has taught children diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum, those with Learning Disabilities and those with Behavioral Disabilities. He spent three years as a Behavioral Consultant in a public school program serving children on the Autism Spectrum. For the past 9 years, Scott has been employed as a Principal of a public school program educating children on the Autism Spectrum and those with Behavioral Disabilities.

Scott has 18 years of experience of working in homes and the community with children. Experiences include developing, implementing and supervising ABA-based programming, providing training to parents and family members on the Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and the application of these principles to create positive behavior change, assessment of children utilizing the VB-MAPP and ABLLS Assessments, conducting Functional Behavior Assessments, and development, implementation and modeling of Behavior Intervention Strategies and Plans for families.

Scott frequently attends conferences, workshops and trainings and believes in the importance of being a life-long learner. He has provided training and workshops at the local, state and national level on topics such as The Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), ABA and the Behaviorally Disabled Child, Overview of Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities, Positive Behavior Supports, Positive Parenting, Disability Awareness, Effective Collaboration with Parents and Families, Conducting Functional Behavioral Assessment, Development of Behavioral Intervention Plans, Positive Interventions for Children Affected by Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying …. and a number of additional topics.

Scott is a member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), the New Jersey Principal and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), and is a long standing member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Leadership positions include serving as a CEC Int’l Student Vice President, serving as member and/or chairperson of committees on the state and national level including the CEC Representative Assembly, the CEC Legislative Action Committee, and various CEC Workgroups. Scott is the former President of the New Jersey Council for Exceptional Children and is currently serving as a local Board of Education Member and Co-Chair of the NJPSA Special Education Committee.

Honors and awards include being selected as the recipient of the Graduate Leadership Award from the WPU Dep’t of Educational Leadership, and as the Bergen’s Promise 2008 Exceptional Provider Award for quality of behavioral services provided to children and families.

Zach Ikkanda, M.S.Ed, BCaBA

Zach Ikkanda, M.S.Ed, BCaBAZach has worked with children and adolescents with autism, learning disabilities and behavior disorders for over ten years. Zach began his career as an instructor at a school for children with autism spectrum disorders in California where he employed the principles of behavior analysis to teach children with autism spectrum disorders. He also worked as an instructor in a clinical setting in New York before becoming a home programming therapist working with a variety of learners and families throughout the tri-state area.

Zach has assisted in the development of home and community based programming for individuals ranging in age from 4-18 and has extensive experience training teachers and parents to implement programming in a variety of environments.

Zach is a board certified assistant behavior analyst (BCaBA) and holds NYS teaching certification in Childhood Education as well as Students with Disabilities. Zach has presented at a number of conferences on the topics of: Behavior Analysis, The History of Behavior and Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. He co-authored an article entitled: Applied behavior analysis: behavior management of children with autism spectrum disorders in dental environments in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Kate MacHugh

Kate MacHughKate MacHugh is the owner of Strengthening Families LLC. She is an author and professional speaker on girl bullying. Kate authored two books; Ugly: The Story of a Bullied Girl and TORMENTED. She travels all over the country to speak at schools and has spoken at three national conferences on bullying. Kate has spoken to over 15,000 students, educators, and law enforcement personnel.

Kate holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Alvernia University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the Richard Stockton College of NJ.

Kate suffered for six years at the hands of her peers as a victim of bullying. She was harassed, humiliated, and physically assaulted. She was the subject of vicious rumors, exclusion, and was cyberbullied.

Kate’s speeches are real, honest, and eye-opening. Kate describes her experiences as a victim of bullying in vivid detail and leaves her viewers stunned. The bullying Kate endured was vicious, cruel, and left lasting scars.

Kate has turned her trauma in to activism in hopes that no child will ever have to endure what she once did.

Ashley Elizabeth Morolla, LPC, CIC-Sp

Ashley Elizabeth Morolla, LPC, CIC-SpAshley Elizabeth Morolla currently certified as a Licensed Professional Counselor for the State of New Jersey. Ashley received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2006 from Kean University and later received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology through Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2008. Ashley is certified as a Crisis Intervention Counselor, a Mental Health Screener for the State of New Jersey, and is certified in CPR. Her professional orientation encompasses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Suicide Prevention and Postvention, and has recently begun to study and practice Trauma Focused-CBT. She is also actively working towards a Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health through the Rutgers School of Social Work.

Ashley is currently employed by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care in Newark as a Mental Health Clinician. As a screener for the State of New Jersey she serves as a direct clinician for individuals seen in the Psychiatric Emergency Screening Service who, along with the psychiatrist, recommends the necessary level of psychiatric care needed for that person. She has also been employed by Care Plus NJ Inc. as a Mental Health Clinician in their Children’s Outpatient Endeavors (C.O.P.E.) program. She provided individual therapy to children and their families through this outpatient service.

In the past she has worked in multiple capacities of mental health care such as an adult partial hospitalization program, integrative case management, and emergency room crisis intervention. She presently volunteers for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and acts as the Northern NJ Chapter President and the Chair of the annual Saddle River Park "Out of the Darkness Walk". Ashley is constantly trying to increase her knowledge and is always looking to expand her experience in the various fields of mental health.

Donna Marie Alir

Donna Marie AlirDonna Marie is a certified NLP Practitioner and Wellness Specialist with a focus in stress management and meditation. She has an additional certificate in NLP for children and parent and is a NJ DOE certified teacher.

Her professional teaching career spans 20 years in public, private and charter schools, local theater, camp and dance programs, yoga and wellness centers throughout New Jersey, New York and abroad in such places as Ireland and Malaysia.

What sets Donna Marie apart from other NLP and Wellness practitioners is her sincerity and compassion. These two traits led her to the experience of volunteering and living at the Sathya Sai School of Thailand where she taught for 1 year. While there she became a certified teacher and trainer of EduCare- the Language of the Heart, a philosophy of teaching for developing positive character and living through the values of peace, love, truth, right conduct and non-violence.

Donna Marie’s mission is to educate and provide techniques for those who are willing to be the change they wish to see in the world and to provide a supportive environment for lasting transformation to take place on the deepest level possible for the creation of a vibrant healthy life full of possibilities.

Jamie England

Jamie EnglandJamie England is a Certified Prevention Specialist with ten years in prevention as a student and five years as a professional. Jamie received her bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse from Ramapo College in 2009, while currently working on her masters in School Counseling at Kean University. She is also a certified teacher in the state of New Jersey.

Jamie has worked with students throughout Bergen County focusing on prevention education, leadership skills, tobacco prevention, and environmental strategies. She ran two high school groups that focused on the prevention of underage drinking and the development of leadership skills among the students.

Most recently, Jamie assisted twelve students in starting an Antlers Lodge through the Hackensack LLodge, which she is now the adviser of. She also volunteered with the NJ State Elks Leadership Conference where she ran the Conference Youth Staff that consisted of ten students from throughout the state. Jamie is also a member of the Hackensack Municipal Alliance.

Jamie is passionate about developing leadership skills in today’s children and wants to help educate them about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. She is constantly attending trainings, conferences, and workshops to help further her education in the field.

Melissa J. Straub

Melissa J. StraubInvestigator and social justice advocate, Melissa J. Straub is a highly experienced and credentialed professional within the investigative and consulting area since 1993, and is a licensed Prviate Detective in the State of New Jersey. In addition, Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre Law and Master’s Degree in Counseling and a New Jersey & New York State School Counselors certifications, enabling a deeper understanding of current social justice and child advocacy issues. Armed with advanced technical certifications, she is able to provide a technical "spin" to a vast array of investigative scenarios.

Melissa’s professional experience is diverse and includes leadership roles within the public, private and corporate sectors. She is a former law enforcement officer and detective with specialized training as a school resource office and with child advocacy, sex crimes, cybercrime, white-collar crime & fraud issues. Her experience within corporations include investigations relevant to background checks, asset allocation, computer forensics, data analysis and audits, as well as insurance fraud related surveillance. Recently, she was employed within a public school district where she provided school counseling and NJ School Based Youth Services, which encompassed direct counseling with students and development of social media oriented programs within the community.

In January 2013, due to high demand for her presentations related to Internet Safety and Cyberbullying, she opened up a new business and serves as President High Impact Youth Training Solutions, LLC is a specialized consulting company that provides educational training and guidance on issues directly effecting our youth, schools and communities. Our methodology is based on a collaborative approach with educators, parents and students themselves. This enables direct exposure to various populations and firsthand knowledge to a multitude of relevant topics.

In January 2010, determined to apply her passion and commitment to helping parents, educators and organizations decipher the unknowns of cyber-bullying and other complexities in this ever-evolving world of cyber-space, Melissa founded Without a Trace Investigations, LLC. Serving as the Director of Investigations, this private investigative consulting firm focuses on cybercrime and related investigations, with concentrations in cyber-bullying, sexting and internet safety awareness and training. Her vast experience and education, paired with advanced interrogation techniques enables her to uncover the issue at hand and identify a solution in a unique and relevant manner.

Melissa is an active member of several organization to include the New Jersey Licensed Private Investigators Association (NJLPIA), National Association of Investigative Specialists (NAIS), American Counseling Association (ACA), American School Counseling Association (ASCA), New Jersey School Counseling Association (NJSCA), American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), and High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA). Her advanced training includes School Resource Officer, Traumatic Incident Debriefing & Statewide Crisis Team, Peer Counseling, Basic Child Abuse and Neglect Investigation, Conflict Mediation, Project Graduation, Fraud and Forensic Investigations Training/White Collar Crime Investigations, American Bar Association: White Collar Crime Summit, ICSA-Network Security Administrator/Engineer Certification, Computer Forensic Analysis & Investigations, Encase Certification, and Basic Data Recovery and Analysis Certification United States Department of Justice & National White Collar Crime Center. Melissa has received many awards and letters of commendation as a testament to her dedication, achievement and professional prowess. Notably, she has been honored by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and many others from school principals and guidance professionals.

Alexandra Jackman

Alexandra JackmanAlexandra ("Alex") Jackman is a 15 year old Autism Advocate and the Writer and Director of the Documentary, A Teen’s Guide to Understanding and Communicating with People with Autism ("A Teen’s Guide to Autism"). She is a sophomore at Westfield High School in Westfield, NJ.

Alex began working with special needs children when she was ten years old and has received many honors for her efforts. In 2011, Alexandra was one of the 10 middle and high school students in the state to receive the Raoul Wallenberg Award. This award is bestowed every year on individuals that reflect Raoul Wallenberg’s humanitarian spirit, personal courage and non-violent action in the face of enormous odds. She was awarded The ARC of New Jersey’s Youth in Action Award in 2013, an honor created specifically for Alex to recognize her autism advocacy efforts. In 2014, she was awarded the Multi Media Award by the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities. In addition, Alex was recently named a 2015 Hasbro Community Action Hero for her autism advocacy efforts.

Her motivation for creating "A Teen’s Guide to Autism" came out of experiencing life in middle school. She noticed that the neurotypical students at her school did not know how to interact with their autistic peers and often ignored them. She realized that her peers weren’t trying to be mean, rather they just did not understand what was different and why. Alexandra set out to change this by creating "A Teen’s Guide to Autism".

"A Teen’s Guide to Autism" has been recognized at film festivals around the world. It has been honored with the Best Documentary at the Jersey Shore Short Film Festival, The Best Youth Short Documentary at the Harlem International Film Festival, Best Student Film and the Audience Choice Award at the First Glance International Film Festival. The Documentary was a Finalist at the Reel Health Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia and Alex introduced the film via video at the Guam International Film Festival. In 2014, The Boston Kids International Film Festival awarded Alex the top honor of the festival, the Peggy Charren Award for Excellence. This award recognizes a young filmmaker who is using the medium of film to change minds and change lives – to make the world a better place. Most recently, Alex was awarded the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the 2015 Queens World Film Festival.

Alex has worked with children and teens on the spectrum for over five years. She is currently the Peer Mentor Leader for Special Needs Teen Nights held monthly in Fanwood, NJ. She also is a special needs volunteer at the YMCA, the Friendship Circle and Children’s Specialized Hospital.

Alexandra has spoken to students, adults and professionals throughout New Jersey and beyond. She can be reached via email at [email protected] or via phone at (908) 317-2976.

Brian Edwards, M.S.Ed

Brian Edwards, M.S.EdPronouns: he, him, his, they, them, their

Brian Edwards is the Coordinator of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Center at Montclair State University. He earned his M.S.Ed from the City University of New York(CUNY) at Bernard M. Baruch College and his B.F.A from Marymount Manhattan College.

In his role as coordinator, Brian manages the LGBTQ Center and its staff/volunteer, develops and implements educational, cultural, and social programming to improve campus climate, creates and organizes leadership opportunities for LGBTQA students, and designs and coordinates outreach training efforts to bring awareness to LGTQ issues on-and off-campus.

Prior to MSU, Brian held various positions in student and academic affairs at such unique and diverse institutions as The Institute of Audio Research, Baruch College, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Additionally, Brian has experience developing and facilitating arts programs for vocational schools, colleges and universities, and middle/high schools, and is very involved in the LGBTQ Community. He has worked with organizations including LAMBDA Legal, Garden State Equality, North Jersey Pride, OUT Professionals, The Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps, Marriage Equality New York/USA, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and serves on the Prevention Coalition for SAVE of Essex County. Brian presents locally, regionally, and nationally on a variety of gender and sexuality topics, is a member of ACUI, NASPA, and is a regional representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region in The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals.

When not at MSU, Brian is blogging, speaking publicly on issues relating to social justice and marriage equality, or making art. His favorite things to do include traveling, reading, and spending time with his husband.

Martha Rand, MA, MSW

Martha Rand, MA, MSWLicensed Clinical Social Worker, School Social Worker, Child Study Team Member, Anti-Bullying Specialist, Certified Group Psychotherapist, NJ National Association of Social Workers-Clinical Supervisor, NJDOE Supervisor Certificate

During her career, Ms.Rand has worked for the past 11 years, in a middle and high school setting. Previously, she specialized in working with adolescents with eating disorders and their families and worked in inpatient, outpatient and partial hospital settings for over 10 years. She has been in private practice with adolescents, adults and families and worked as a presenter and consultant for over 20 years.

Ms. Rand has a Masters in Social Work from Fordham, a Masters in Psychology from the New School Graduate Faculty, a certificate in Mind/Body Medicine from Harvard and a certificate in Dance/Movement Therapy as well as graduate credits in Education from NJCU. Her professional writing and short fiction have been published and her art work has shown in gallery and museum settings.

Randy Nathan, MSW Bio

Randy Nathan, MSW (aka Coach Randy) is an international keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and edutainer. His high energy and dynamic approach engages participants by introducing valuable strategies to overcome obstacles and inspires them to achieve their personal goals. Some of his topics include, Bullying in Sports: The Injuries We Don’t See, The Bystander Bully, The Leader in You, The Bully in Me, The Power of Personal CHOICE, Operation PRIDE, LEAP into Excellence – the Five Core Principles, parent programs and corporate presentations. (Click here for more on his presentations)

Coach Randy is the founder and creator of The Five-Star Coach, The LEAP Program, Teen Life Coach Training, Career JumpStart, Workforce 2.0, and Peak Performance Coaching; compelling empowerment programs that foster better choices, increased confidence and self-esteem, enhanced motivation, and greater sense of direction. Coach Randy has written numerous articles, hosted his own radio show, and is Fox 5′s Good Day New York area anti-bullying expert. (Click here for more on his programs)

Thousands of individuals have benefited from Coach Randy’s motivation, training, facilitation and coaching services. Having earned his BA from the University of Colorado (Sociology & Education), an MSW from the University of Southern California, a MA in Non-Profit Management from Hebrew Union College, and his coaching certification from iPEC Coaching, Randy has spent over twenty years inspiring individuals as a motivational speaker, educator, athletic coach, camp director, and professional coach.

His hands-on approach coupled with his background, education and training, has proven to be extremely beneficial. His sense of humor, sensitivity and contagious enthusiasm stimulate and motivate audiences of all ages. Coach Randy is married to Jessa and has four children.

Disclaimer

The information contained within this live training and program service is intended to serve as a training resource for school administrators, staff, board of education members, students, parents and community members in relation to educational issues. The information does not represent legal opinion and is not intended to describe all applicable requirements contained in any federal or state law, nor to represent the endorsement or approval of any federal or state agency. Please contact your administration or school board attorney to obtain legal advice.

Disclosure of Training Content Sources

The information contained in this live training and program service is from public domain sources including, but not limited to: US Department of Education; New Jersey Department of Education; Centers for Disease Control; National Institutes of Health. It is not the intent of this live training and program service to be deemed as the original source of the information contained within. Any public domain source not listed is an error. The commercial value of this live training and program service is in its design for the purpose of organizing and delivering public domain information in an efficient and convenient manner.

Rates

Team HIBster trainings and programs are conveniently conducted at your location during the day, evening or weekend.

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Same-day Triple Play Schedule a Staff Training (2 hours), Student Assembly (2 hours) and Parent Program (2 hours) on same day/evening.

EduHelper

EduHelper

EDS is committed to continue with its growth in student and teacher support programs. In the fall of 2017, we are happy to release our latest program. Called EduHelper, this new program is geared towards helping administrators, teachers, counselors and intervention specialists with any questions/concerns they may face in their jobs.

Let’s face it…..being an educator today is tough. Let our experienced team help you!

The EduHelper program offers the following highlights:

  • Email our Education Consultant for any academic or behavior concerns including strategies and interventions
  • Contact our Director of Education for any school operations question or professional development needs
  • Professional development programs through our online Onspire PD program
  • Webinars focusing on the following:
    • Our current software programs including sections on frequently asked questions
    • Student or classroom specific questions
    • Administrative questions/support
    • Teaching strategies for special needs students
    • Developing a high level MTSS, RtI, RTII or I and RS team
    • Other topics of interest
    • Note/Disclaimer: The information provided by our specialists are recommendations. Please continue to follow the practices, procedures and policies of your school district and state and/or federal guidelines or consult with your district’s solicitor.

Our Team of Specialists

Our EduHelper team is composed of educators and staff trained on our school support software programs and have years of experience in the K – 12 field. With experience in counseling, consulting and school administration, our team is ready to help.

For more detailed information about our specialists, please contact Dr. Jim Budzilek at [email protected] or email [email protected].

HIBhub Anti-Bullying Community

HIBhub Anti-Bullying Community

The place for support, education and encouragement – for NJ and Pa HIBsters

HIBhub is a place where victims of bullying may reach out for support from caring individuals. Such individuals include other students, volunteers, and professional counselors who are available to talk, listen, and offer their advice. The community is completely anonymous so that everyone can feel secure and free to express themselves without anxiety. Students may discuss particular incidents, ask questions about bullying, seek advice on how they should handle a situation, or educate themselves with plenty of reading resources.

How do I join?

You can join HIBhub by creating an account at www.hibhubcommunity.com.

Forums, Live Chatrooms and Learning Resources

  • Message Boards: Start various conversations about different topics with the other members of the community. The boards are split into several categories – Help & Support, Stay Positive, Success Stories, Q&A and Caretaker’s Corner (for parents and guardians). These boards are moderated heavily to ensure positivism and compassion rather than negativity.
  • Learning Center: Articles, stories, essays, interviews, and blog entries are all helpful ways for students to understand the why’s and how’s of harassment, intimidation and bullying. Sometimes if you understand why someone says or does something hurtful, it doesn’t hurt quite as much.
  • Celebrity Interviews: HIBhub has been shown strong support from UFC world and Mixed Martial Artists like Tyron Woodley, Tim Boetsch, and Charlie Brenneman Periodically, HIBhub will publish a bullying-centric Q&A session with some of the most popular fighters in the sport.
  • Essays: Real students submit their personal accounts with bullying to HIBhub to share with the world. All names are changed, of course, to protect identity.

Testimonials

"I’m all about support for the students, and I like the HIBhub. I like the online support concept when a student is having difficulty, because a lot of these incidents don’t happen in school. There isn’t a support system for the students readily available. But these kids are constantly, constantly connected online and to have an online support system through HIBhub I think is a real advantage of the program."

Dr. Michael Strutt, Former Superintendent, Butler Area School District

"I believe HIBster, through HIBhub, can allow students to have an outlet for their instance of bullying where they can feel that they have a safe place to go and it’s catered to their needs being such as technological and internet-savvy generation. They’re able to go online, share their stories and are able to do it anonymously."

Michael Schellhammer, Student Teacher, Seneca Valley School District

HIBster Heroes

HIBster Heroes

Mission

HIBster Club is an extracurricular youth group that openly protests acts of bullying and promotes positive treatment of others. Members of HIBster club pledge to:

  • Help create a type of environment, both inside and outside of school, that makes it difficult or less comfortable for students to treat each other badly.
  • Improve awareness of the dismal consequences of bullying.
  • Increase the likelihood of an incident-free school year.
  • Improve the likelihood of peer intervention when incidents do occur.
  • Encourage self-confidence through positive messages and activities.
  • Enlighten all students as a whole to treat each other well.

Duties

Some of the activities and duties of HIBster Club include:

  • Discussing the current state of bullying behavior in the school.
  • Sharing personal stories and anecdotes as a bully, victim or bystander.
  • Planning and participating in confidence-building activities.
  • Planning and participating in activities that promote kindness and protest hate and violence.
  • Pledging to intervene if witnessing a bullying event (this pledge is recited at the beginning of every meeting).
  • Design posters, flyers and other creative materials that include pro-kindness / anti-bullying messages and imagery and place these materials around the school (with permission from the Principal).

If you are interested in starting the HIBster Heroes club at your Pennsylvania school, please contact us for more information.