While planning this month’s MLTI Principals Webinar with our outstanding team of expert guests, I had a feeling it would be an interesting and engaging session, and my intuition was correct! Each guest could easily have filled the allotted hour with excellent insights and useful information for the 60 or so registered participants. With a flurry of draft PDFs, comments, questions, and revisions emailed back and forth, our team of six created a webinar jam packed with great advice and dozens of online resources for principals and their leadership teams to help effectively address cyberbullying in Maine’s schools and communities.
We began with Tom Harnett’s advice from the Maine Department of the Attorney General. His slides emphasized the importance of applying existing state laws and their requirements in all harassment and hazing situations, including cyberbullying. Next, Teri Caouette, MLTI Integration Mentor (IM), emphasized the importance of clear and ongoing communication among school leaders, staff, students, and parents around digital citizenship, acceptable use, and related policies. Veteran middle level education expert Ed Brazee and Connie Carter of Operation Breaking Steroetypes shared their insights and many online resources about the importance of integrating digital citizenship, cyberbullying, and the school’s curriculum. Ted Hall and Alice Barr from Yarmouth High School shared two highly effective school programs. An evening aimed at helping parents understand what it takes to parent in a digital world has been well received in their community. A digital citizenship program for incoming 9th graders provides freshmen with a common basis for understanding their rights and responsibilities as digital citizens in and out of school. Stan Davis from stopbullyingnow.com did a great job of extending participants’ thinking by sharing his work and research relating to the victims of bullying and implications for bystanders. This student perspective is often neglected because of the focus on rules and consequences. Stan ended with a thought provoking comment relating to our need to understand how issues of student privacy and legal liability may be impacted by digital technology.
To access the archived recording, transcript of the online chat, PDF of the Powerpoint, and shared links you can find them on the WebCast Archives Page of the Maine121 website.
This Wednesday, December 15th at 4 PM the second MLTI Principals’
Webinar will take place. The topic is Cyberbullying – What Principals
Must Do. We’ve gathered some great people and resources for this jam
packed one hour session. Thom Harnett of the Maine Attorney General’s Office, Stan Davis from Stop Bullying Now, Ted Hall and Alice Barr from Yarmouth High School, Ed Brazee and Connie Carter from Operation Breaking Stereotypes, and MLTI Integration Mentor Teri Caouette will share advice and specific suggestions as well as philosophical insights about how to combat cyberbullying in our schools. Sooo…bring your principals and/or assistant principals, and even if you can’t get them, feel free to join us for what promises to be a timely and useful session.
Yesterday afternoon, we hosted the first of a 5-part webinar series for principals and leadership. More details about the series itself can be found here. Host by Chris Toy, former Freeport Middle School Principal and DOE/MLTI Consultant, he was joined by two guests and over 30 participants. His guests, John Lunt, retired Technology Coordinator, Freeport Middle School and member of the Task Force that helped to form MLTI, and Jeff Mao, Learning Technology Policy Director, DOE, helped facilitate a lively discussion about the role of the principal in a 1:1 school.
Recording of the session:
Slides in PDF format