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Come to the anti-bullying Impact Tucson conference on Saturday, April 8th


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  • Stefanie Boe/Tucson Unified School District

Impact Tucson

Tucson Unified School District is holding Impact Tucson, its second community conference focused on bullying, behavior, and bravery on April 8, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Palo Verde High Magnet School.

The event is designed to be a day for learning and encouraging involvement with a goal of ending bullying in Tucson Unified schools. In addition to speakers and discussion sessions, Impact Tucson offers free breakfast and lunch, free haircuts, a resource fair and free child care.

For more information and to register for the event, please go to www.tusd1.org/impact. Participants are also welcome to register on the day of the event.

Jimmy Hart, director of African American Student Services, said Impact Tucson is a critical event since bullying is a national issue.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to continue supporting our community,” Hart said. “It’s what we can do collectively do stamp out bullying.”

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Dr. Macheo Payne, assistant professor of social work at California State University. His presentation is titled, “Being Brave about Addressing Behavior and Bias” to help improve the climate and culture in schools.

After the keynote, parents, and children will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions.

Parent breakouts will include

  • Understanding the Proposed New Code of Conduct
  • Understand the Effects of Micro-aggressions
  • Restorative Practices, Racial and Ethnic Disparity: The School-to-Prison Pipeline
  • Understanding Trauma, Brain Research
  • Cyberbullying and Parenting with Love of Logic

Sessions for children include Kind Friend activities and Conflict Resolution. The children’s sessions will be divided by age group with sessions for children 5 to 10 years old, 11 to 13 years old and over 14 years old.

About Impact Tucson

The first Impact Tucson conference was born from a community-wide movement to look at the behavior of bullying and the bravery it takes to create a healthy learning space for all children. Tucson Unified partnered with Justice 4 America and held the first Impact Tucson forum in Summer 2016.

About Tucson Unified School District

Tucson Unified School District is Southern Arizona’s largest district, educating more than 47,000 students. TUSD offers extensive learning opportunities for children, including Advanced Placement, GATE and International Baccalaureate, free full-day kindergarten, a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), studies in seven world languages, fine arts, before and after school programs, and more. TUSD has proudly served Tucson families since 1867.

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