The School of Education's Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching recently hosted Danya Perry, a nationally renowned author and expert in the field of bullying awareness and prevention, at Hancock-Hamline Elementary School. Perry came to Hamline after participating in an outstate professional development workshop also hosted by the center. While on campus, Perry had the opportunity to meet with 6th grade students in two seminar sessions held January 17. The sessions provided both an opportunity for students to learn more about what constitutes bullying and also how to deal with situations as either a victim or witness.
In addition to the student sessions, Perry conducted a workshop for the faculty and staff of Hancock-Hamline. This workshop focused on ways to identify potential bullying situations and also presented strategies for both prevention and dealing with any existing concerns.
Perry is the director of program and youth development with Communities in Schools of North Carolina. Perry has also served as a national consultant for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Gang and Violence Reduction Project. In addition to providing the funds to bring Perry to campus, the center also presented Hancock-Hamline Elementary with a copy of his book Preventing Violence and Crime in America’s Schools: From Put-Downs to Lock-Downs