The Role of the School Climate Team

The Role of the School Climate Team (formerly known as Teasing and Bullying) directly addresses the 2011 Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (ABR) law, which requires each school to establish a school safety/climate team and appoint an anti-bullying specialist. The primary focus of the training is the importance of creating a positive school climate and culture, the development of a school-wide approach and how to proactively combat bullying. Each participant will receive the Foundation’s anti-bullying curriculum which focuses on the essential lessons a school needs to teach all its students in order to help prevent bullying and support a more positive school climate.

This program is FREE for educators. All trainings are from 9am-3pm. Participants who attend the full training will receive 5.5 professional development credits.

Please click on the buttons below to register for a specific training. All trainings max out at 50 participants. To be put on a wait list for the training, please email Elissa Zylbershlag at [email protected] with the following information: name; school name; date of the training you would like to attend; email address; and phone number.


PLEASE NOTE: Registration links will be released two months prior to training dates. To be the first to learn about upcoming trainings, sign up for our educator email list.

In-District Training Programs offered by NJPSA

The New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association and the New Jersey Bar Foundation are proud to share a mutual commitment to improving climate and culture in our schools. Through their professional learning division, the Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA), they are pleased to offer an extended in-district training program, “Understanding the Real Role of the School Climate Team,” which complements the Bar Foundation’s efforts in this critical area. This program examines the role of the School Climate Team in developing, fostering, and maintaining a positive school climate. They can also custom design in-district school climate training programs for staff and the community that support your school’s efforts to build safe and productive school environments. Please call Linda Walko or Jay Doolan at the NJPSA at 609-860-1200 for more information.

Furthermore, in order to provide additional curricular resources to support the Bar Foundation’s anti-bullying efforts, NJPSA/FEA has developed an interactive, online anti-bullying curriculum, Stand Up Say No to Bullying. Its lessons are aligned with the current Bar Foundation curriculum objectives and teach middle school students to be “upstanders” instead of “bystanders.” Go to for more details.

Summer 2019 Trainings

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Fall 2019 Trainings

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Winter/Spring 2020 Trainings

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tuesday, March 12, 2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020


If you register for and do not show up at a workshop, we will notify you that you have been placed on our “No Show” list. Should this occur two times, you will be removed from our email list.

We understand that things happen that might prevent you from attending a workshop for which you are registered. You may cancel your registration at any time up to the morning of the training by simply emailing [email protected] or by calling 732-937-7523 in order to prevent being placed on the “No Show” list.

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation is a nonprofit philanthropic and educational organization. Funding is furnished by the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey and limited to providing education to the public. The Foundation is dedicated to fulfilling its mission despite limited funding that is significantly impacted by market interest rates. Your cooperation in honoring your registration at our free workshops is essential.

What attendees had to say…

“This was a comprehensive seminar on building a positive school climate. We were able to collaborate with other professionals from across New Jersey. I cannot wait to implement the strategies and ideas I gained from today. [The trainers] are knowlegable and such fantasic presenters. So engaging.”

Kerry Mullay

Special Education Teacher

“This workshop inspired me to be passionate about the importance of school climate and the consistent implementation of positive climate programs.”

Jason Osborn

English Teacher

“This is my third time attending this New Jersey Bar workshop. Each time I have been able to take away new and informative information that enhances my knowledge as the Anti-Bullying Specialist.”


Anti-Bullying Specialist

Bullying Prevention Guide: Six Essential Lessons Handouts

A resource for educators who have attended The Role of the Climate Team training at the Bar Foundation.


Click on the image below to download a pdf of the poster.

Check out this short video about our program.