Click on the links below to view recorded webinars on a variety of topics related to bullying prevention and Community Matters programs and services.

November 8 2018

Strategies to Reduce Bullying and Improve School Climate

CM CEO Diana Curtin and Director of Programs and Services LeeAnn Lichnovsky discuss best practices for reducing peer mistreatment and explain the precepts of the evidence-based Safe School Ambassadors Program.

April 25 2018

The Power of Student Voice to Stop School Violence

Community Matters Founder Rick Phillips discusses the importance of youth voice in creating schools where strong relationships form a culture of safety, inclusion and respect.

March 23 2018

LGBTQI Students- What They’re Facing and How You Can Help

Community Matters Founder Rick Phillips discusses the mistreatment disproportionately faced by LGBTQI youth and how upstanders on campus can provide support.

January 17 2018

Restorative Practices - An Overview and Roadmap for Successful Implementation

Community Matters Founder Rick Phillips presents this webinar that discusses the shift from punitive discipline toward restorative practices, and provides a roadmap for gaining acceptance from stakeholders, planning incremental change and implementation of restorative school policies.

May 11 2017

Strategies To Reduce Bullying, Improve School Climate for LGBTQI Students And Save Valuable Resource

Rick Phillips, Executive Director and Susan Cieslinski, Training & Program Development Director for Community Matters, discuss how LGBTQI youth experience disproportionate amounts of bullying from their peers, and how the Safe School Ambassadors program empowers students to be upstanders against mistreatment.

March 2 2017

How Increasing Student Voice Creates Safer Schools

CM Founder and ED Rick Phillips discusses the potential of students to play an important role in creating a safer school climate.

January 19 2017

Engaging Students as a Solution to Reducing and Preventing Drug and Alcohol Incidents At Your School

In this webinar, participants will learn how students can be a powerful and effective deterrent and intervention to address this growing problem. CM Founder and ED Rick Phillips discusses our ATOD Peer-to-Peer Prevention Program, which equips diverse student leaders with the skills, knowledge, and motivation to successfully speak up and intervene when they witness their peers using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD).

November 17 2016

Restorative Practices: 5 Keys for Transforming School Climates from the Inside Out

Community Matters Founder and Executive Director Rick Phillips shares a best practice roadmap for gaining support, planning and implementation of Restorative Practices to improve school climate.

October 13 2016

Strategies To Reduce Bullying & Discipline, Improve School Climate and Save Valuable Resources

Executive Director Rick Phillips makes the case for using an "inside-out" approach to improve school climate, reduce peer mistreatment and achieve higher educational outcomes.

May 19 2016

5 Key Strategies for Preventing Harassment and Bullying in School Sports and Athletics

This webinar demonstrates how schools can effectively prevent and reduce bullying and harassment while building the character and leadership skills of student athletes. It also explores the importance of providing leadership training for coaches and other adults who supervise and coach young people. Presented by CM Executive Director Rick Phillips.

April 7 2016

Tips to Strengthen School Climate & Improve Discipline Efforts through Professional Development

CM founder Rick Phillips discusses the shift away from zero-tolerance policies to more restorative practices and policies, the role of adult-student relationships in creating a positive school climate, and the how professional development opportunities can strengthen school climate.

March 16 2016

Bullying Prevention and Student Engagement in Small, Rural and Private Schools

Community Matters Founder & ED Rick Phillips discusses the challenges and opportunities unique to smaller schools in addressing mistreatment and bullying, and how our Connect & Respect program can help to improve school climate at these schools.

December 10 2015

5 Action Steps for Assessing Your School Climate and Getting the Results You Want

CM Executive Director Rick Phillips and Programs & Training Director Jennifer Senechal provide an overview of the importance of school climate, and provide a step-by-step approach for assessing climate and developing solutions for improvement.

October 22 2015

Strategies to Reduce Bullying & Discipline Incidents

In this webinar, Community Matters ED Rick Phillips discusses the importance of youth empowerment, the methodology behind the evidence-based Safe School Ambassadors® program, and shows how investing in youth to become leaders creates better educational outcomes and saves time and money for educators.

May 13 2015

Safe School Ambassadors®: Harnessing Student Power to Stop Bullying and Mistreatment

Community Matters Founder and Executive Director Rick Phillips presents the core concepts and methodology of the Safe School Ambassadors Program, which focuses on empowering students with the skills and competence to intervene safely with their peers to defuse, de-escalate and stop bullying and mistreatment.

November 20 2014

Improving School Climate and Discipline Through Restorative Practices

More and more schools are turning to Restorative Practices as a viable alternative to the zero-tolerance policies often associated with high suspension rates and challenged school climates. This webinar provides an overview of Restorative Practices and their impact on improved discipline and school climate.

October 22 2014

Engage, Equip and Empower Students to Reduce Bullying, Harrassment and Cyberbullying

Community Matters Founder and Executive Director Rick Phillips explains why empowering students to become upstanders is the most effective way to improve school climate.

February 11 2014

Empowering Elementary Age Students to Stand Up and Speak Out to Prevent Bullying

CM Executive Director Rick Phillips presents current research on school climate and restorative practices and shows how educators can utilize these principles to create safe, inclusive and high-performing schools.

October 25 2013

Safe School Ambassadors - Empowering Students to Reduce Bullying and Improve Educational Outcomes

Community Matters Executive Director and Founder, Rick Phillips, explains how the Safe School Ambassadors Program wakes up the courage of students and school staff to recognize and intervene safely and effectively when bullying and mistreatment occur. Empowering students with the skills and confidence to intervene with their peers is one of the five determinants of CM's Whole School Climate Framework, a blueprint for improving school climate, reducing suspensions, and increasing academic performance.

April 18 2013

Identifying Resources to Fund Your Bullying & Violence Prevention Efforts

Join Rick Phillips, Executive Director, and William Grace Frost, Director of Strategic Relations of Community Matters, as they present ideas and resources for helping schools find funding for bullying and violence prevention efforts.

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