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WORKSHOPS

 

1.“Help, He’s Driving Me Crazy!!”  Behavior Management for Older Students

 

In every class, there is at least one student who challenges your ability to maintain classroom order.  What usually works with others often is ineffective with behaviorally challenged older students. This workshop will provide you with lots of tools for working with middle and upper grade level students with a variety of behavior disorders.

 

2. “Little Kids, Big Problems” Behavior Management for Elementary Students

 

Behaviorally disordered Elementary students require a different approach than those in upper grades.  This workshop will provide you with a solid foundation of preventive techniques, along with management tools for a wide variety of behavioral challenges.

3. "Are You as Smart as a Buzzard?-How to Avoid Becoming Ethical Roadkill"

 Ethics can be scary, or confusing, or both.  This session takes a light-hearted look at ethics through the lens of animal behavior.  The session reviews major ethical guidelines from the ASCA and ACA Codes of Ethics, with a twist.  See what we can learn from buzzards, ants, dolphins, rats, and more.

4.      “Special Kids, Special Parents, Special Solutions” 

 

More and more students in public schools have special needs-from learning difficulties to behavioral problems, from emotional disturbance to family malfunction.  They come from all economic levels, all cultures, and a variety of family situations.  The current emphasis on inclusion means that these students spend more and more of their time in regular ed. classes.  This workshop looks at the specific characteristics shared by many of these students, then suggests techniques for supporting these students and their parents in becoming successful in school.

 

5.      “Attention, Please-Strategies for Helping the ADHD Child (labeled or not) In the Classroom”

 

Students with attentional problems challenge even the most seasoned educator.  This workshop explores the latest research on children with ADHD, looks at various interventions, and provides a wealth of information about making the classroom experience more manageable for both students and teachers.  Both behavior management and modifications for these students will be covered.

 

5.      Parents in Your Pocket” Promoting Positive Home-School Relationships”

 

Every student has a parent (or several!).  This session will help you to develop a common sense plan for overcoming parental resistance, promoting positive relationships with parents, and solving problems with parents BEFORE they become serious.

 

6.      “Getting to BEST Behavior”

 

The new IDEA guidelines specify that Response to Intervention be carried out PRIOR to testing for students suspected of having Learning Disabilities.  It is also required in cases where behavioral difficulties interfere with a student's ability to benefit from istruction.   This workshop will provide you wiht forms, interventions, and a plan for your campus to help your students get to BEST behavior. It's not just for Special Education anymore!!

 

7.      “Mental Floss- Stress Management for Educators”

 

It’s June, the kids are gone….why am I still so stressed out??!  This experiential workshop will allow participants to explore “stress-busting” strategies, as well as learn techniques to help manage stress in their lives.  Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to relax!

 

8.      “It’s All About Character- 10 minute Character Education Lessons”

 

The state mandates Character Education, but when can anyone find the time?  This workshop presents a wide variety of brief, but effective lessons covering various aspects of character development.  All lessons require a minimum amount of materials, and can be presented in 10 minutes, or expanded to fill a 30-45 minute time slot.

 

9.    “The Science of Character-Using Science to Reinforce Character Lessons “

 

Build your classroom’s interest in science with the fun, inexpensive, and easy to do experiments that demonstrate various chemical reactions and principles of Physics.  Slime, goo, explosions and more!!

 

10.    Unlocking the Winner Inside-Success Strategies for Success for Middle and Upper Grades”

 

How many times have you heard (or said!), “He can do the work.  I don’t know why he isn’t passing.”  Many unsuccessful students do not have a learning disability, or a lack of intellect.  They lack organizational and study skills that are critical to classroom success.  This workshop approaches study skills from the standpoint of learning styles and intelligences.  Help your students discover how they learn best, then watch them succeed!

 

11.   What’s so Special About Special Education?

 

Does it all seem like alphabet soup?  This workshop, presented by a 15 year veteran of the “Special Ed. Battlefield”, will help orient educators to the basic guidelines and tenets of Special Education, look at rules and regulations, referrals, testing procedures, and IEP development.  From ARD’s through FAPE to LRE and XYZ, this workshop will help you decode the special education riddle.

 

12.    Pack Your Bags for Success-Strategies to Help Elementary Students Succeed at School”

 

With No Child Left Behind and Adequate Yearly Progress staring educators in the face, it is essential that we teach elementary children strategies that will help them study and learn successfully.  This workshop presents strategies to help teachers and students discover learning styles, set goals, make decisions, stay organized, and Study more effectively.

 

14.    “ ‘A’ is for Autism-Working With Students on the Spectrum

 

Autism spectrum disorders are becoming more and more common in our schools.  While lower functioning autistic students are normally served in Special Education classes, higher functioning autistic students are usually served in Regular Education.  This workshop will give staff information about the characteristics of these disorders and strategies to help them be successful at school.

 

15.    Positive Behavioral Support-What is it and How Can it Help Me??

 

Years of research indicate that thoughtfully designing a school wide program of positive behavioral supports can significantly reduce discipline problems, increase time spent learning, and ultimately increase test scores.  This workshop presents the basic principles behind positive behavioral support, shares resources, and prepares your staff to implement these techniques in your school.

 

16.    “Seven Best Practices for Managing Behavior AND Making Teaching Fun Again!”

 

There are simple things that every teacher and school can do to make behavior management easier.  Well organized classes make for better learners, calmer teachers, and higher achievement.  This workshop introduces seven practices to make life and learning easier for everyone!

 

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