George Lucas Educational Foundation

Dr. Michele Borba

Educational consultant, social-emotional learning & bullying expert

I am an educational psychologist and former classroom teacher who is passionate about educating strong, caring, resilient children and creating safe, caring learning communities. I've presented workshops/keynotes on social-emotional learning, character development and bullying prevention to hundreds of schools, organizations and US Army bases around the globe. My proposal “Ending School Violence" was signed into California law in 2002. Published book titles include: Building Moral Intelligence, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, No More Misbehavin', Don't Give Me That Attitude, and Esteem Builders. I am also a TODAY show contributor reporting late-breaking educational and child related issues (as well as to Education Nation and Dateline) and serve as Goodwill Ambassador for One Laptop per Child (OLPC) whose goal is to bridge the education divide in third world countries so all children have a chance to receive an education. My Dateline specials (on mobilizing student bystanders), keynotes and articles on bullying prevention and cultivating student empathy are available on my website: as well as how to contact me. My latest books (and passion) are The 6Rs of Bullying Prevention: Best Proven Practices to Combat Cruelty ad Build Respect (Free Spirit) and UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All About Me World (Simon and Schuster)

You can find my 20-minute speech "The 6Rs to Reduce Bullying" at and my TEDx Talk: Empathy Is a Verb:

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  • Parent Partnership

    How to Ease Your Child's Kindergarten Jitters

    Help your child transition to kindergarten smoothly with some of these ideas for reducing anxiety and making goodbyes easier.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    6 Essential R's to Reduce School-Wide Bullying

    Guest blogger Michele Borba, a social-emotional learning consultant, presents her six R's program, a detailed anti-bullying strategy that includes rules, recognition, reporting, response, refusal, and replacement.