CANTON, Mass. (AP) — The Norfolk District Attorney's Office is sponsoring a conference about how to respond to school-based violence and bullying.

The training conference for school staff and community professionals will include speakers discussing ways to identify differences between bullying, violence and gender-based harassment; exploring strategies for strengthening written policies for student conduct; and implementing federal and state requirements related to bullying prevention and cyber-bullying in schools.

The conference is intended to help educators, administrators, counselors, school resource officers and others to identify and respond to students who may be experiencing or perpetrating harassment or abusive behavior in school.

The conference will be is scheduled for Thursday at the Bank of Canton's administrative offices in Canton. It's sponsored by Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey and Norfolk Advocates For Children.