Educators' Center of Lake County

New Initiatives

“Bullying:  How Schools Can Respond”—Wednesday, April 25, 8 am to 2:15 pm simultaneously in Grayslake and DeKalb


The goal of this professional development conference is to inform and educate administrators, teachers, counselors, and staff members about how they can respond to the issue of bullying in their schools. This event is sponsored by the NIU College of Education Office of External & Global Programs, NIU Continuing and Professional Education and the University Center of Lake County.

Professional Development Hours for licensed educators and Continuing Education Units will be available upon request for those completing the conference.

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Live in DeKalb - Videoconferencing to Grayslake
“New Ways to Think about Bullying: How the Latest Research Informs Our Work in Schools”
By Christine Malecki, Professor in Psychology and School Psychology Program Director, Northern Illinois

“What Educators Need to Know about Bullying”
The presentation will be delivered by Northern Illinois University School Psychology Program U.S. Department
of Education grant-supported scholars from their “Project Prevent and Address Bullying in Schools”

Live in Grayslake- Videoconferencing to DeKalb
“Teaching Empathy to Adolescents: The lived experience of a middle school counselor addressing

In recent years, the student to counselor ratio in schools has increased at an alarming rates The presenters will
discuss their lived experience working with a caseload of over 830 students and how technology and social media
have impacted the school climate. This presentation will discuss the growing concern of cyberbullying via social
media and texting. The presenters will guide participants through exploring how to teach empathy to adolescents
to impact the campus culture via classroom and school wide efforts.

By Gerald Corbin, Assistant Professor, Division of Human Services, Concordia University Chicago
La Toya Patterson, LPC

Please call or email NIU Continuing Professional Education with any questions at 815-753-5200 or

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