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All course hours can be modified to meet your districts needs, and all programs can be in class (small number- under 20) or seminar (large number- over 20) form. Classes are listed alphabetically.


30 Tips to a More Successful Parent Conference (3 Hrs)

A Teachers Guide to Drugs And Paraphernalia (3 Hrs)

Controlling the Class with Body Language (6 Hrs)

Dealing with Academic Dishonesty (6 Hrs)

Dealing with Backtalk (3 hrs)

Dealing with Difficult Parents (3 Hrs)

Dealing with Explosive Children (3 Hrs)

De-escalation of a potentially violent situation (6 hrs)

Developing and Using a Moral Compass (6 Hrs)

Developing Discipline in those Tweens (3 Hrs)

Developing Student Motivation (6 Hrs)

Does Discipline Mean Punishment? (3 Hrs)

Examining Group Deviance (3 Hrs)

Handling Crisis in the Classroom (3 Hrs)

Homework by Student Design (3 Hrs)

How to Truly Think Like a Teacher (3 Hrs)

Improving a Students Self Concept (3 Hrs)

Laughter is the Answer (3 Hrs)

Managing Anger (3 Hrs)

Meaning Business in the Class (3 Hrs)

Myths about Bullying (3 Hrs)

Nice Ways to Gain Compliance (3 Hrs)

Positive Discipline (3 Hrs)

Problem Solving for Any Student (3 Hrs)

Strategies for Students Who Refuse to Work (3 Hrs)

Stress and 101 Ways to Deal with it (3 Hrs)

Teaching Principled Reasoning (3 Hrs)

Teaching Self Control (3 Hrs)

The Calm Person is the Strong Person (3 Hrs)

Understanding Basic Human Needs and Child Growth (3 Hrs)

Understanding Fear (3 Hrs)

Understanding Gangs (6 Hrs)

Understanding Gossip (3 Hrs)

Understanding Profanity (3 Hrs)

Using Fairy Tales to Teach Ethics (3 Hrs)

Why Are You Doing That? (3 Hrs)

Who Has ADD? (3 Hrs)

 

 

 


30 Tips to a More Successful Parent Conference (3 Hrs)

Communicating with parents is the second most important thing we do as teachers. When we can work together with a child's parents toward common goals, we improve the atmosphere for learning. Of course, while parent conferences can be one of the most helpful techniques in a teacher's "bag of tricks," we also know that sometimes they can be a discouraging waste of time, or even turn into ugly confrontations. This course will cover 30 proven tips to improve the encounter.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Support Staff

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A Teachers Guide to Drugs And Paraphernalia (6 Hrs)

All school employees from the Janitor to the Principal should know drugs. Being able to identify the different types of drugs, the effects of drugs, and the drugs paraphernalia can be very beneficial. This course will raise an individual’s knowledge, making it easier to keep our schools clean, effectively.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Support Staff

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Controlling the Class with Body Language (6 Hrs)


Your students read you like a book. Before they are two years old, they already know every mood and gesture, by the time they get to you, the teacher, they will know how to play you like a violin, when to push, when to back off, when to act submissive. Kids read body language. When kids go to school, they already have a Ph.D. in parent management, and all of those skills will transfer to you. They will know what you are going to do before you do it, because you will tell them with your body language. Learn to send the right messages with your body.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Support Staff

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Dealing with Academic Dishonesty (6 Hrs)

If you are a teacher for anytime at all, you will be faced with a student, or students, that are academically dishonest. This course will discuss the true root and cause of cheating, teach you tactics for uncovering it, and give you strategies for dealing with, or more importantly, fixing the problem.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead, T.V., VCR)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors

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Dealing with Backtalk (3 hrs)


When students confront you when you confront them, you must understand, everything they are doing, the setup, the challenge, the talk itself, is calculated to get you to do one thing, to speak! Could there be a method to their madness?  You bet there is!  This class will cover some techniques the teacher can use to handle the sass, and control the situation. Learn tried and true methods to help you avoid arguments and other verbal conflicts not only in school, but in all aspects of life.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Support Staff

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Dealing with Difficult Parents (3 Hrs)


We've all run into them. They're the parents every educator dreads, the difficult parents. They might be the parents who always run to the defense of their "perfect" children, even though their children might be as guilty as sin. Others simply get pleasure from making waves, or maybe they have a legitimate axe to grind. Either way, you will, at some point, deal with the difficult parent, this class offers specific behaviors, strategies, and techniques that make it easier to deal with seemingly difficult parents and with the difficult situations in which teachers can find themselves.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Support Staff

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Dealing with Explosive Children (3 Hrs)


This class will show parents and teachers strategies to identify and deal with the causes of a child's frustration. You will then be able to work with the youngster to develop coping skills that can lead to fewer explosions, more compliance, and a happier classroom.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Support Staff

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De-escalation of a potentially violent situation (6 hrs)


This course gives the participants the tools necessary to keep a situation involving an agitated individual from turning violent, and calming the situation instead.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Support Staff

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Developing Discipline in those Tweens (3 Hrs)

The Middle School years are a time of magical blossoming, but like huge transitions in our kids' lives, they’re filled with ups and downs. As with toddlers, teachers who don’t accept, and constructively negotiate their child's blossoming independence invite;

  • Rebellion
  • Defiance
  • Deception
  • And in the worst of incidences... Anarchy

This class will help teachers understand the tween mind, and develop strategies for getting the teen to self discipline.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers

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Developing and Using a Moral Compass (6 Hrs)

Students without well-defined decision making skills are like the worlds largest, strongest, and fastest ship sailing the seas without a rudder. We give our students subject knowledge everyday, but are we helping them make good decision from that knowledge? This course will cover the skills and materials necessary to help teachers develop their student’s rudders.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors

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Developing Student Motivation (6 Hrs)

Students can become overwhelmed by what may seem like overbearing impossible odds and situations. This course will cover some of the skills and lessons used to build a students motivation, helping them to face and overcome everyday situations, as well as, obstacles in their lives.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers

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Examining Group Deviance (3 Hrs)

What drives subcultures?  Why do cliques, groups and “clubs” form?  What vital needs do these relationships supply, or in most cases, create for the average human?  This class will examine the concept of deviance and clarify the relationship with group dynamics.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Support Staff

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Does Discipline Mean Punishment? (3 Hrs)

Indeed, common sense and common usage equate discipline with punishment. Disciplining a child means "punishing them for doing something wrong". That traditional definition of discipline shapes the discipline code at most schools. The logic of all discipline codes is timeless: "The punishment fits the crime;" therefore the greater the crime, the greater the punishment. As we all know, this has not and does not work. Take this class, and let’s try something different.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Support Staff

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Handling Crisis in the Classroom (3 Hrs)

Teachers are faced, throughout a career, with a variety of crisis situations. This course will provide you with well-defined procedures (independent of your districts specifics) to follow, which can help you handle any circumstances that may arise.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers

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Homework by Student Design (3 Hrs)


When students are involved in the design of assignments, it encourages creativity, thought, independence, and pride. But, along with those benefits comes independence as a lifelong activity, and students who have a vested interest in learning.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors

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How to Truly Think Like a Teacher (3 Hrs)

As teachers, we want to have a positive classroom atmosphere. We want our students to look forward to coming to school in the morning, to love being in our classrooms, to enjoy learning. Nobody enters the teaching profession wanting to nag and criticize, but many teachers end up doing so every day. At the beginning of their careers, those teachers wanted to be positive. But, wanting to be positive and having the skills to pull it off are miles apart. Some of the greatest “teachers” in history (Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates) would have a good amount of advice to hand out. This class will cover such advice, and help teachers be.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers

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Improving a Students Self Concept (3 Hrs)

When a student has a good concept of self, they are less of a problem, do better work, and relate better socially. This course will demonstrate 10 proven activities to develop a student’s self-concept.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors

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Laughter is the Answer (3 Hrs)


Laughter is a great thing, that's why we've all heard the saying, "Laughter is the best medicine." There is strong evidence that laughter can actually improve health, help fight disease, and improve brain activity. In this class, we'll look at laughter:

  • What it is
  • What happens in our brains when we laugh
  • What makes us laugh
  • How it can make us healthier and happier
  • How it can make us better learners, and teachers
  • You'll also learn that there's a tremendous amount that no one understands yet

(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Support Staff

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Managing Anger (3 Hrs)


Whether it’s managing your own anger, or the anger of others, this class will give you the skills necessary to deal with them both. The management of your own anger keeps your life even and smooth, while knowing how to manage another’s anger keeps your life even and smooth. You cannot go wrong taking this class.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Anyone

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Meaning Business in the Class (3 Hrs)


Meaning business in the class, or anywhere, comes down to the “C” word, and building from there.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Support Staff

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Myths about Bullying (3 Hrs)


A myriad of myths and misperceptions surround the subject of bullying. Studies and surveys over the last few years have tended to perpetuate false stereotypes; however, these are often the result of notoriously unreliable self-reporting tick-sheet surveys and are rarely based on experience of case work or involvement with cases. This class will cover them all, and just may surprise a few people.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Support Staff

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Nice Ways to Gain Compliance (3 Hrs)


Looking for positive and respectful ways to lead your students into displaying appropriate behaviors?  Do you want to improve relationships with your students?  Are you hoping to teach your kids to make good behavior choices, even when you're not around? The simple techniques in this class (so simple that a lot of teachers won't believe that they'll work until they give them a try) are nice things to try before moving to penalties for non-compliance and misbehavior.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Administrators
  • Support Staff

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Positive Discipline (3 Hrs)

Motivation is managed through the use of incentives. Incentives answer the question, "Why should I?" By managing incentives, we can increase the motivation of students to work hard while working conscientiously. This class will discuss some very positive incentives that lead to a disciplined student.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Support Staff

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Problem Solving for Any Student (3 Hrs)

The goal of this class is to provide students with mechanisms for making good choices about how to act, or react, in assorted situations. Various problem-solving skills will be covered.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers

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Strategies for Students Who Refuse to Work (3 Hrs)

This course discusses 40 techniques and strategies to encourage even the most stubborn of students to do class and homework, and not even realize you’ve gained compliance.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers

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Stress and 101 Ways to Deal with it (3 Hrs)


Everyone seals with stress now and then. The real problem is that often times we don’t “DEAL” with it. We live with it, we ignore it, and we move on, this is so unhealthy. This class will help you understand where your stress is coming from, and show you 101 different and proven ways to deal with it.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Anyone

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Teaching Principled Reasoning (3 Hrs)

Life, as we know it, is not black and white. As a matter of fact there are many shades of gray, just checkout your local paint department. Students often have to choose between two or more bad choices to solve a problem. They are often forced to choose the “Best” not the “Good”. This course will cover the steps to take, and give the information a student could utilize to head in the “Best” direction.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Support Staff

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Teaching Self Control (3 Hrs)

We as teachers are teaching self control on a daily basis. This course covers the subject, and guides the educator into some better channels to help students control their actions.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors

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The Calm Person is the Strong Person (3 Hrs)


The person that remains in control is respected. This class will demonstrate some techniques for remaining calm in the face of problems.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Support Staff

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Understanding Basic Human Needs (3 Hrs)


I have molded an exceedingly successful career out of reading people, translating the data, and fulfilling needs. Are there people in your life,

  • Students
  • Spouses
  • Relatives
  • Or Neighbors, which you just can’t stand, or should I say, can’t understand?

Why? Have there been individuals that you couldn’t stand from the moment you met them? They just seem to rub you the wrong way. But you don’t know why. I can tell you why. More importantly, by the time you leave this class, you’ll be able to tell yourself why. This class will cover the 9 Basic Human Needs that Maslow never talked about. (Equipment Needs - CPU, In Focus or Smart Board)


Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Support Staff

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Understanding Fear (3 Hrs)


Fear is a chain reaction in the brain that starts with a stressful stimulus and ends with the release of chemicals that cause a racing heart, fast breathing and energized muscles, among other things, also known as the fight-or-flight response. For some, fear can be crippling. Whether it’s fear of the unknown, fear of social groupings, fear of public speaking, or some other, to understand fear is to control fear. This course will take all much farther down the path of understanding, and consequently, closer to the conquering.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors

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Understanding Gangs (6 Hrs)


Gang violence is a problem in every major city in the United States and membership is on the rise. According to the Department of Justice's 2005 National Gang Threat Assessment, there are at least 21,500 gangs and more than 731,000 active gang members. While gangs are less prevalent in rural and suburban areas, we can’t be fooled into thinking it’s not a problem “WE” need to worry about. They are expanding everyday into the first and second ring suburbs throughout the United States. This course will increase your knowledge, helping you understand:

  • Why gangs form
  • Who joins gangs
  • When gangs start
  • Where they form
  • What to look for
  • How they are able to get it done

(Equipment Needs- Overhead, T.V., DVD player)

Beneficial to:

  • Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Support Staff

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Understanding Gossip (3 Hrs)


Sociologists, linguists, psychologists and historians are among the people who research gossip and how it functions in society. The dynamics of gossip can have an unbelievable impact on the classroom, school community and life in general. To keep this phenomenon from hurting every part of your and your students’ lives, take this class. You will learn how “gossip” works, and learn strategies to keep it from building in strength.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Social workers
  • Counselors

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Understanding Profanity (3 Hrs)

 

We all know what "bad words" are. Unlike most other language rules, we learn about swearwords and how to use them without any real study or classroom instruction. Even very young children know which words are naughty, although they don't always know exactly what those words mean. This class will explore the origins of profanity, and help us understand the meaning behind, and ways to deal with its ugliness when we encounter it.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Support Staff

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Using Fairy Tales to Teach Ethics (3 Hrs)

What better way to spark a spirited classroom debate on ethics than by exploring the complex messages often found in fairy tales? Children enjoy a cozy familiarity with fairy tales. By basing a discussion of ethics on fairy tales, you are launching from common ground. Children aged eight and older typically are ready for meatier ethical concepts, concepts that skirt into gray areas of lesser evils or relative priorities. This course will guide you into this practice.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers

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Why Are You Doing That? (3 Hrs)


Part of resolving a problem situation is making sense of it. This class presents five strategies to help teachers figure out why a student is behaving, or more specifically, misbehaving in a given way.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Social Workers
  • Counselor
  • Support Staff

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Who Has ADD? (3 Hrs)


I have found out some pretty important information about learning disabilities. This class will pass that information onto you. You will never view another kid with a “learning disability” the same way again.
(Equipment Needs- Overhead)

Beneficial to:

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Support Staff

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