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In an ongoing effort to keep up with new information and best practices in their field, DVCC staff members continually look for educational opportunities. PeaceWorks educators recently took advantage of two such opportunities. Staff attended a conference at Pace University on educational perspectives and legal parameters around the issue of bullying. Leading experts in the field discussed the impact of bullying on students and the legal ramifications of verbal harassment and threats for youth in and out of school. Additionally, attendees were able to preview the latest media tools available to educators and parents. PeaceWorks is reviewing these materials for possible inclusion in its bullying and cyber-bullying curriculum.
 PeaceWorks continues to be an active member in the formation of Norwalk Promise, formerly the Norwalk Out Of School Time Network, which works to provide quality out-of-school programs for youth in the city. Last month, staff members attended an intensive strategic planning retreat that incorporated information gathered by the group's consultant/facilitator regarding the needs of the community and the internal research completed by the group itself. Discussions included best practices on providing quality programs, a review of model networks in other states and the creation of specialized task forces within the Norwalk Promise membership. PeaceWorks appreciates the opportunity both to continue the important work of children's advocacy and enrichment and to form closer working relationships with other youth education and service providers in Norwalk.