What You Will Learn

When faced with challenges working with at-risk girls (disengaged, disobedient, distraught or disconnected), many educators struggle to find the core ways to address the problems and to cultivate positive relationships with these students.   Without connections, statistics show that society runs the risk of losing another child to violence, drugs, teen pregnancy, poverty or even death.

Academic success has been directly correlated to the student’s sense of belonging and accomplishment.  Young girls who struggle to make connections at school are all too often viewed as being difficult, combative, disruptive and unable to be re-directed.  Making matters worse is that educators are often uncomfortable reaching out to the families of these girls – for fear that their feelings of discomfort will be exacerbated by an unsuccessful conversation with a parent.

Unless proper communication and collaboration occurs, there will be a breakdown between the key players – the girl, her teachers, the school staff and the parents – potentially torpedoing any hope of success. 

Schools must clearly identify not only the neediest girls but also where they are on the pendulum of reception.  Not all girls are at a point where they are open to full-on, intense support.  You must be able to gauge the right time, capitalize on the right incident, and embrace the moment when the girl shows she is ready to be reached. 
This eye-opening 90-minute webinar will assist participants in identifying their neediest girls, understanding  their specific needs, and developing a comprehensive school-based program that will not only reach the girls, but will surpass the expectations of the “here-and-now” and positively affect the lives of everyone who is part of a young girl’s village. 

Learning Objectives:
This webinar will help you:

  • Identify the generational disconnect between young girls and the educational system.
  • Distinguish valuable tools to help remove the negative labels placed on your neediest girls.
  • Capture underlying themes undermining the potential academic and personal success of young girls.
  • Develop ideas for building a program designed to embrace your neediest girls and their families.
  • Discover how to motivate staff members to change their perspective and approach.

Who Should Attend:

  • Classroom Teachers
  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers (beginner & intermediate)
  • School Psychologists
  • Deans
  • Behaviorists
  • Principals & Other Administrators
  • Special Education Personnel
  • School Resource Officers

You Will Also Receive

A PowerPoint presentation will accompany the live presentation. A resource packet including this presentation 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.
  • Efficient – No need to spend time arranging for and traveling to this seminar
  • Access PowerPoint™ Visuals – as Dr. Aja Gardner 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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Group Discounts

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
Unlimited Access CD
The pre-recorded webinar on CD will be shipped to you for unlimited viewing.

In order to be eligible for group discounts, we must receive ALL registrations at the SAME time.

Grade Levels: 5-12

Grade Levels: 5-12

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Dr. Aja Gardner
About the Presenter

Dr. Aja Gardner is a secondary school administrator with over a decade of experience working with young girls and women.  She is currently an Assistant Principal at a middle school serving 1,100 students.  Dr. Gardner works one-on-one with families and their children on a daily basis.  Living the day-to-day challenges that come with “partnership-raising” middle schoolers has helped her to develop a successful school-based mentoring program designed to reverse the trend of disconnection and distrust.  Dr. Gardner came to education through a non-traditional route.  As a former public health professional, she yearned to get closer to the source – the people making up the statistics often interpreted in health and medicine.   Dr. Gardner holds a doctorate in Public Health and Medicine.  Her research focused on how the health beliefs of minority mothers affects their decision to have their daughters vaccinated against cervical cancer.  This research allowed Dr. Gardner to see how important it is to not only reach young girls but also to educate and partner with their mothers.  She has presented her mentoring program at several professional gatherings, including the 2015 National Conference on Girl Bullying and Empowerment.