The philosophy at MARC is that K-12 educators should benefit from personal attention and, whenever possible, the help and presence of professionals from the Center. We generally emphasize personal help and assistance in implementing school change. Recognizing the burdens that K-12 educators struggle with in our society, we seek to make the program as little a burden as possible: our goal is to reduce workloads, not increase them.
Faculty trainings generally cover (among other topics):
Specific behaviors that educators need to look for;
How to respond, and when to report;
How cyber-behaviors impact in-school bullying and cyberbullying;
Developmental factors that affect bullying; and
Concrete areas for focus and talking points for use with students.
All observations and recommendations are grounded in research findings, which are always reviewed during the training.
Faculty training services are generally in-school and provided by the Center's Director or Program Coordinator. No school is guaranteed that Dr. Englander will personally train their faculty, although she does conduct the majority of these trainings.
MARC's in-service faculty trainings for schools are generally free of charge unless they occur during the summer or during a University vacation. If schools have grant funding that would be appropriate, we ask that they contribute some of it to MARC.
The demand for these in-services unfortunately far exceeds our capacity. Because we cannot possibly provide all the in-service trainings that schools want, we also offer a Train the Trainer Program (which does have a registration fee) which certifies Trainers to impart basic knowledge to their colleagues. Both the faculty in-service programs and the Train the Trainer programs satisfy state law's requirement for professional development in the areas of bullying and cyberbullying prevention.
MARC offers its anti-bullying programs to K-12 schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Currently, the program is grant-supported and participating schools do not have to pay for it, although they are asked to cooperate with the research.