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Compassionate Discipline: Empowering our Students and Ourselves
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 Export to Your Calendar 11/11/2019
When: 11/11/2019
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
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Barnesville School
21830 Peach Tree Road
Dickerson, Maryland  20842
United States

Online registration is available until: 11/6/2019
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No matter how approachable, caring, and empathetic we ordinarily are, teachers and administrators can struggle to remain that way when acting as disciplinarians.

In this highly experiential workshop, educators who take on a disciplinary role in any context—whether in their own classroom or for a grade level, division, or entire school—will learn tools to help students behave in more effective and values-consistent ways while also exploring our own values as educators.

We’ll explore four ways to support students who misbehave:

  • teaching replacement behaviors;
  • altering systems and structures that elicit problematic behaviors;
  • providing students with opportunities to do work that has personal, practical, and cultural relevance; and
  • connecting school experiences to students’ own values.

We’ll focus on how compassion, self-compassion, perspective-taking, selfing, and values clarification can help misbehaving students, their parents, teachers, and administrators not only repair the harm but also move forward with awareness, courage, and kindness.

Informed by evidence-based psychotherapies such as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy, the workshop involves drawing, card games, deictic framing, serious explorations of values and vulnerabilities, and empowering even those students who misbehave to become the people they want to be.

AIMS Members: $50 (through October 28th) or $60 (After October 28th)
NON AIMS Members: $100 (through October 28th) or $110 (After October 28th)

Please note that NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations for this class after November 1st.



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Presenter Info:


Lauren Porosoff has been an educator since 2000 and consults on designing curriculum and professional development that empowers students and teachers. She is the author of Curriculum at Your Core: Meaningful Teaching in the Age of Standards, a guide to designing curriculum beginning with values clarification; and articles for AMLE Magazine, Connections Quarterly, Independent School, Kappan, the PBS NewsHour Teachers’ Lounge Blog, Rethinking Schools, and Teaching Tolerance about how students and teachers can make their work meaningful.

Jonathan Weinstein, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care Service, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College. As an early contributor to the development of Relational Frame Theory and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy at the University of Mississippi Center for Contextual Psychology, Jonathan studied behavioral analysis and its applications for behavior therapy, social categorization, and education. Jonathan’s publications can be found in Behavior and Social Issues, The Psychological Record, and Salud y Drogas.

Porosoff and Weinstein are the co-authors of EMPOWER Your Students: Tools to Inspire a Meaningful School Experience (Solution Tree, 2017) and the upcoming Two-for-One Teaching: Connecting Instruction to Student Values in Grades 6-12 (Solution Tree, 2019).

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