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One Day Themed Workshops
Bored Boy

Special Education and the Guidance Office : A Tug of War

5 PDPs  ~  8 am - 12 pm

  • Understanding regulatory flexibility in state vs. local graduation requirements.

  • Interpreting and aligning student transcripts with Out of District placements.

  • Managing transportation, McKinney-Vento, Office of Civil Rights, Bureau of Special Education Appeals

  • Scheduling supports and services from the IEP grid pages.

  • Monitoring student progress and service delivery.

  • Mastering the counselor’s role at the IEP meeting.

  • Working with the Team Chair, Principal, and Special Education Administrator.

November 3, 2023


Laying on a Chair

Thwarting Student Dysregulation and Defiance

A Classroom Management Playbook

5 PDPs   ~   8 am - 2 pm

  • Apply cognitive strategies to emotion regulation.

  • Employ purposeful relationship building strategies.

  • Recognize hypoarousal, hyperarousal, and cognitive fusion.

  • Practice defusion dos and don’ts.

  • Review classroom management fundamentals to thwart student defiance.

  • Add lesson elements that increase emotionally positive hormone levels (dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, endorphins).

November 17, 2023


Students in a Science Class

​Immersion, Inquiry, and Intellectual Risk-taking

5 PDPs   ~   8 am - 2 pm

  • Develop intellectual risk-taking strategies.

  • Learn how to move students outside their comfort zones.

  • Transform compliance lessons to inquiry fueled lessons.

  • Harness curiosity to support creative self-efficacy.

  • Examine how exploration builds autonomy and increases engagement.

  • Elevate the learning zone over the performance zone.

  • Workshop principles of phenomenon-based learning (from Finland).

December 1, 2023


Group project help

The Grade Awakening

I know. I think I know. I forget! Now what?

5 PDPs   ~   8 am - 2 pm

  • Disrupt the forgetting curve and re-imagine homework and grading!

  • Move from what students know and are able to do – to – how students think and are able to apply what they know.

  • What about grading product, process, and progress? (T. Guskey, 2015)

  • How do assessments develop metacognition, sustain rigorous engagement, and ask students to apply, create, contribute, and problem-solve?

  • Explore contract grading and conferencing. 

  • Elevate assessing enduring understandings and transferable skills.

  • Are we grading compliance or cognition? Is it rigorous?  Or just rigid?

March 1, 2024



​Conflict Management ~ Difficult Conversations ~ Effective Confrontation

Responding to the Current Landscape!

5 PDPs   ~   8 am - 2 pm

  • Master the art and science of conflict management.

  • Develop communication skills to navigate difficult people.

  • Learn the six elements of mastering difficult conversations.

  • Employ deescalating techniques to common scenarios.

  • Recognize fear-based behavior and resistance.

  • Apply specific strategies to five difficult personality types.

  • Practice difficult conversations for mediations, complaints, and evaluation conferences.

March 22, 2024


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