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Bad Apples: When Adults are Bullies at School

Adults can be bullies and when bullying enters the workplace, the results are demoralizing. Unlike the bullies from childhood, who typically target the vulnerable, adult bullies tend to select the most competent employees as targets. Workplace bullying impacts the health of individuals as well as the climate of the school as a whole and can be found in peer-to-peer, administrator-to-teacher, teacher-to-student, and teacher-to-administrator relationships.


The session will include information on how to identify specific behaviors, both those that are and those that are not linked to bullying. Other topics include an examination of the research done in the US and other nations on this phenomenon, and district and state laws and policies that can be employed by school personnel. Participants will design a plan of action for eradicating adult bullying their school.


Key concepts

  • Though not always easy to identify, workplace bullying curtails creativity in the workplace.

  • Understand the health ramifications for all involved.

  • District policies and even state legislation can be activated to curtail bullying.

  • Effective and ineffective approaches need to be understood, so that only the effective responses are used




Dr. Kathleen Sciarappa




1 day


Kathleen Sciarappa, Ph.D., has 26 years of experience as an elementary and middle school principal and has received numerous awards for her work. She was an urban educator in Ohio and now pursues her interest in working with aspiring, new, and practicing principals. Currently active as a mentor, adjunct professor, and educational consultant, Dr. Sciarappa coordinates a statewide mentor program for school leaders in New Hampshire and facilitates principal networks.

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