School administrators, teachers, and other educational professionals confront many school climate and school safety challenges in educating our children. Among the most difficult are bullying, harassment, and hate-motivated violence in schools and in cyberspace.
When left unchecked, name-calling, taunting, degrading jokes and other non-physical forms of bullying and harassment often escalate to threats of physical intimidation and violence—and at times, into major school conflicts. Comprehensive prevention and response strategies are required to combat bullying and racial, sexual, and other forms of harassment and violence.
As a civil rights and safe schools consultant, I provide educators with guidance and training, and investigative, policy development, and technical assistance on harassment and bullying, and school climate and safety, as I did for many years as Assistant Attorney General and Civil Rights Division Chief in the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General. To support school safety and student learning, I also help educators identify effective strategies for promoting educational equity and building inclusive school communities with positive race relations among students and staff.
Additionally, at times I partner with a broad network of multidisciplinary professionals in providing targeted assistance in such areas as educational equity, prevention, mental health, civil rights, law enforcement, special education, and school safety.
For the past 18 years, school officials and other education professionals have welcomed my advice and guidance. I look forward to working with you in meeting these challenges.