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Walter Roberts to be recognized as top educator

By Twin Cities parents' organization

Counseling and Student Personnel faculty member Walter B. Roberts Jr. will be recognized as an outstanding educator by a Twin Cities nonprofit during a first-of-its-kind forum Friday, Jan. 20.

2012-01-17
Excerpted from a PFLAG news release [Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons, 1/11/2012]

Minnesota State Mankato Counseling and Student Personnel faculty member Walter B. Roberts Jr. will be recognized as a Twin Cities nonprofit's outstanding educator during a first-of-its-kind forum Friday, Jan. 20, at Hamline University.

Roberts, a national expert on bullying, will be recognized for making schools safer for GLBT students. He currently is enlisting the support of Gov. Mark Dayton and Attorney General Lori Swanson to provide leadership and create a task force to reduce bullying in Minnesota schools.

The forum, "Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All Students,” will be hosted by PFLAG Twin Cities (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons). It is intended to help teachers, social workers, administrators and parents create a safe school environment for GLBT students.

Roberts, a professor of counselor education, has more than 30 years of experience as a public school teacher, school counselor, licensed professional counselor in private practice and higher education faculty member. His primary research has been in school violence reduction, and he has consulted across the United States with teachers, administrators, mental health professionals, parents and community leaders on strategies for dealing with bullying.

Long before others were talking about the seriousness of bullying in schools, Roberts was in the field addressing the issue.

His research, consulting and advocacy have had a profound impact on bringing national visibility to bullying and to the collective responsibility that all of society (including schools, parents, students and bystanders) shares to prevent harassment and violence in schools.

Roberts focuses on helping adults and communities understand the roles they play in reducing bullying and creating more civil and safe environments for all children.

A frequent source on the topic for media across North America, Roberts has been a consultant with investigative news reports revealing the depths of bullying behaviors on unsupervised playgrounds in Midwestern American schools.

A tireless advocate for children, Roberts testifies regularly before local, state, and national legislative bodies in support of policies and laws that will increase school safety. Bullying from Both Sides, his first book published by Corwin Press in 2006, continues to be a bestseller.

At the Jan. 20 event, the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons also will recognize a parent, organization and student-led organization for making schools safer for GLBT students.

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