advanced skills

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Staff meeting energizers

Great staff meetings–are there such a thing?  It depends…on you!  When you have much information to deliver to your staff do you just dive in and hope for the best–or do you use the same good skills your teachers use when they’re  in front of students?  And what about when you need to get everybody on board with some new policies or facilitate staff making an important decision?  Leading productive staff meetings can really difficult work, but we promise there is a way to get staff from dragging in and manuevering for chairs in the back .

No lecture here–just a grab bag of tricks that you can use when giving out lots of information, or helping staff build consensus around tough decisions.

At the conclusion of this TeleClass you will receive activity sheets, Powerpoints and worksheets which you are welcome to copy and use as you wish.

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The latest and best strategies for great school climate–part II: putting what you’ve learned to work

So now you know the ingredients for quality school climate and you’ve  seen the data that points the way.  But how do you get your school there?  To be blunt: what do you do when you get it…and they don’t?  In this TeleClass we outline the activities, strategies and interventions to use in your school building to build a united front when it comes to building-wide expectations and get staff working as a cohesive team for holding students accountable for their behavior.  We will give you a number of staff development activities and demonstrate how to use them.  At the conclusion of the class, you will receive copies of all described activities, and a set of Power Points that you are free to use in your building and in your work.

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

What to say to a parent when their kid is on drugs

No doubt we’ve all had the experience of having a student’s parent come into our office saying “I just found a bag of marijuana under my kid’s bed!”  And then they turn to us and ask what they should do.  Tough question.  And no one-size-fits-all answer, to be sure, but we can offer you some really useful guidelines for the parent to follow that will help everybody involved.  These practical suggestions stem from 20 years of working with teens on the drug scene–creating lots of stories with happy endings.  We will demonstrate how to use them, and also deliver them to you after the TeleClass in a set of handouts with worksheets that you can make copies of to give to parents.

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012

The quick and easy of starting and running support groups

Support groups can look intimidating.  Where to begin?  How to find the kids?  And then what do we do in group?  Our instructor for this TeleClass has run well over a thousand student support groups and we’ll make it easy for you to get one up and running.  And if you’re a veteran of groups yourself, well, we’ve got a few tricks to show you, too!

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012

When parents are part of the problem

It is very easy to lament about parents being part of the problem in regards to some of the students you are working with.  Okay, we get that.  But, that doesn’t change anything.  Instead, let’s explore strategies to work successfully with parents.  Whether it be little tricks, like making your office parent-friendly or bigger strategies that will work with parents who are very defensive or destructive, this TeleClass will arm you with a number of useful ideas that you can put to good use.

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And if it’s not on the calendar (and you would like it to be), or not on a day you can make it, let us know here


Sunday, January 1st, 2012

High impact interventions

Are you tired of staff shaking their head and saying “Aint it a shame” in reference to a student whose school performance is falling apart?  Do you know of kids who are harmfully involved in drugs or cutting or an eating disorder and you just don’t know what to say or do about it?  Perhaps you’ve tried and regretted it because all you got for your efforts was denial and defensiveness.

There is another way.  Intervention is a specific technique designed to pierce thru defensiveness and get students to take a look at their behavior and do something about it.  Using a tried-and-true model from the Johnson Institute, we’ll show you simple ways to create meaningful, powerful interventions that are wrapped with care and concern.

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Reaching the un-motivated student

“He just doesn’t do anything in class.”  “She’s bored all the time!”  “He’s late for class 3 times a week.”  Most likely, these are common, but not welcomed, referrals.  It’s hard to be successful with students who just don’t’ seem to care at all about school.  There usually is a start button on these kids…if you know where to look!  We’ll cover a number of different practical strategies for reaching the student with no motivation, and you’ll be welcoming these kids with an open door.

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012

School counselors in the classroom

For school counselors, working in the classroom can be a great way to get to know your students and have them get to know you, but it can be a challenge, especially with middle school students.  Forget the lecture, ditch the videos–we’re going to teach you how to really connect with students thru cool activities and tricks.  Whether you work in an elementary building, middle school or with the big kids, we’ll provide you with a selection of our best and favorite classroom activities and techniques for making important concepts come alive.  Then your problem will be how to deal with all the students at your door wanting to see you and teachers wanting you back in their class!

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And if it’s not on the calendar (and you would like it to be), or not on a day you can make it, let us know here



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