What You Will Learn

Increasing focus on academic outcomes and the challenge of reaching at-risk students is causing educators to rethink school discipline.

Larry Thompson is an author, a former candidate for National Principal of the Year, and a well-known education thought leader who advocates a responsibility-centered approach that minimizes referrals and suspensions, while driving students to take ownership of their own behavior  and academic outcomes.

The US Departments of Education and Justice are advocating a shift in school discipline policies primarily due to concerns about inequities involved with the administration of “exclusionary discipline.”  While the causes of those inequities are the source of some debate, almost everyone can agree that educators have a far greater opportunity for success if they can keep students, especially at-risk students, in the classroom. 
In this timely 90-minute webinar, educators will be guided through schoolwide evidence-based discipline practices which have schools reporting reductions as much as 90 percent in office referrals and almost eliminating suspensions. Larry Thompson will reveal tested strategies for defusing the most challenging moments with students, especially at-risk students. 

Because many resistant and defiant students also struggle academically, Larry will discuss strategies for keeping these students in class  so the student may grasp the material and the teacher, administrator and school may focus on exceeding academic targets. Using principles of Responsibility-Centered Discipline, attendees will learn how to move students, not only to obedience, but to actually taking ownership of their actions. Specific practices will be addressed that will help educators avoid crisis situations, defuse defiance and put resistant students on the path to academic success.
Webinar Highlights & DOE Action Checklist Items Covered: 

  • Set high expectations for behavior and adopt an instructional approach to discipline A 5-Step Approach to Managing Challenging Moments
  • Ensure that clear, developmentally appropriate and proportional consequences apply for misbehavior Incorporating “Support” and “Benefit” Statements into Disciplinary Conversations with Students
  • Remove students from the classroom only as a last resort, ensure that alternative settings provide academic instruction, and return students to class as soon as possible Time-Based Consequences vs. Response-Ability-Centered Consequences
  • Involve families, students, and school personnel, and communicate regularly and clearly - Using the a De-escalation Process to Create Responsible Students by Harnessing the Power of Self-Regulation

In this webinar, you will learn to:

  • Understand why current systems are failing.
  • Reflect on your current disciplinary methods (obedience vs. responsibility).
  • Utilize practices for creating a school culture in which students take ownership of their actions.
  • Master techniques for dealing with different low-to-high intensity disciplinary cases.
  • Understand methods to drastically decrease staff disciplinary referrals to the office.
  • Cultivate clear, appropriate and consistent expectations and consequences to address disruptive student behaviors.
  • Differentiate between obedience-based discipline and Responsibility-Centered

You Will Also Receive

The $49 registration fee includes a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation that will accompany the live presentation. This will be emailed to each registrant via the email address provided at registration.

Benefits from Taking this Webinar
  • Valuable Information – From a nationally known speaker with a reputation for providing insightful and useful information.
  • Inexpensive – Eliminate travel arrangements and travel expenses that you would ordinarily need to expend to attend a professional seminar such as this one.
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  • Access PowerPoint™ Visuals – as Larry Thompson, M.Ed. progresses through the seminar. A copy of the PowerPoint™ presentation slides will be available to you upon registration.
  • Reproducibles – Handouts and worksheets will be available to you, upon registration.

Potential Funding

Research-based, outcome-based continuing education opportunities from Developmental Resources may qualify for funding under Title 1 Part A Targeted Assistance Program Grants; Title II Part A Improving Teacher Quality Grants; Perkins Professional Technical Education Grants as well as other federal, state and local sources. Requirements vary from state to state. Contact your local administrator.

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Available for attendees from the same school system or private practice.

3-5 Attendees 10% off
6-9 Attendees 15% off
10-19 Attendees 20% off
20+ Attendees 25% off
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Grade Levels: K-12

Grade Levels: K-12

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Larry Thompson, M.Ed.
About the Presenter

Former National Principal of the Year candidate Larry Thompson is a nationally known speaker and school consultant. He is the developer of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program. This program helps professional educators to increase student compliance with core beliefs and guidelines, while requiring them to take personal ownership of their actions. It emphasizes specific skills and practices that help school personnel to deal effectively with student-behavior scenarios from low-to-high emotional intensity, while retaining a sense of calm professional and personal confidence. Larry is the author of:
Give 'Em Five: A Five-Step Approach for Handling Challenging Moments with Adolescents
Give 'Em Five: A Five-Step Approach to Handling Challenging Moments with Children
Ricky Ritat Goes to School