Jo Ann Freiberg is a life long educator focusing on the wide arena of Bullying, Improving School Climate, Restorative Practices and Character Education. She has worked as a classroom teacher and as a teacher educator, and has held faculty appointments at a number of universities, including Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, the University of Hartford and the University of Connecticut.
Jo Ann holds a Ph.D. in philosophy of education from Ohio State University, and her areas of academic teaching and research include moral and character education, educational studies, professional ethics and multicultural education. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the National School Climate Council and is on the Connecticut statewide task force on Sportsmanship. She has served on the statewide task force on bullying, and serves as an educational consultant in a variety of settings both in Connecticut and nationally. Jo Ann provides a wide range of professional development and educational content to many groups and organizations throughout the country about issues including those above as well as general violence prevention, professional ethics and related subjects in the school, family and community partnership arena.
Patricia A. Ciccone, Superintendent of the Westbrook CT public school district is an experienced educator and administrator. She is also the founding partner of School Climate Consultants, LLC, which is dedicated to assisting schools, districts and community based organizations in creating safe and productive learning environments. Named by Education Week in their inaugural February 2013 edition as a “leader to learn from,” for school climate improvement, she retired as Superintendent of Schools for the Connecticut Technical High School System. More recently, she was named by Education Week as one of 18 women educators internationally that all K – 12 Educators should know. She currently serves on the CT Legislature’s School Climate Advisory Committee, is a member of the leadership team of the National School Climate Council, is on the faculty of the Leadership Academy for Character Education (L.A.C.E.) at the University of MO, St. Louis, is a certified trainer with the International Institute for Restorative Practices and is a faculty member at the National School Climate Center’s Summer Institute. She also serves as both adjunct faculty and university supervisor at Sacred Heart University, working with aspiring teachers and administrators and holds State of CT, Licensed Professional Counselor credentials.