Webinar: How to Reach the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach




“No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.”  

–  Dr. James P. Comer, Yale University

In order to reach, and successfully teach, hard-to-reach students, Dr. William Noel, Sr. believes it is incumbent upon educators to learn about students’ lives outside school – because understanding who students are outside school has direct implications for what they do inside school.

As Director of Student Support & Discipline Review with Henrico County Public Schools, Dr. Noel has overseen a philosophical shift in this large Virginia school system from a reactive approach concerning student behavior to a more proactive, preventive approach.  This informative 90-minute webinar will provide administrators, teachers and school leaders insight into initiatives that can help improve school climate and create a climate for academic success with at-risk students.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Start with Relationships
  • Shift in Philosophy
  • Supports & Interventions
  • Code of Student Conduct
  • Discipline, Not Punishment
  • Discipline with Dignity
  • Emotions & Feelings
  • Set Your Climate
  • “Our” Attitude
  • What Kind of Leader Are You?
  • End with Relationships

A recent study estimated that 19,000 students are placed on out-of-school suspension every day.  Research also shows that frequent suspensions are directly linked to poor academic performance and disengagement from school.  To confront these issues, Henrico Schools underwent a major shift in philosophy concerning exclusionary practices & student discipline. In this informative 90-minute webinar, educators will hear how Henrico Schools transitioned from a traditional, punitive approach regarding inappropriate student behavior to an instructional, disciplined approach.  Dr. Noel will share lessons learned and best practices for addressing disparity in student discipline, and implementing proactive measures to change student behavior.

From his time as an alternative education teacher, social studies teacher, coach, assistant principal, and now director, Dr. Noel will share candid professional & personal experiences that have taught him “How to Reach the (sometimes) Hard-to-Reach.”

In this webinar, you will learn to:

  • Incorporate the supports & interventions the Student Support & Disciplinary Review Office provides to students & teachers that address inappropriate classroom behavior & classroom management.
  • Recognize how to connect with Hard-to-Reach students by establishing sound relationships.
  • Describe the negative effects of punishment & the positive effects of discipline.
  • Distinguish how educators’ attitudes & expectations about Hard-to-Reach students can negatively or positively affect them academically and/or behaviorally.
  • Understand what Henrico County Public Schools is doing to reduce exclusionary practices and use the lessons learned to create a classroom-wide, school-wide or district-wide action plan.

You Will Also Receive:

To augment the PowerPoint™ presentation and activities, each participant will receive a (PDF) resource packet of the presentation with ideas, reproducible forms, activities and other suggested resources.


Dr. William Noel, Sr.

The two most important days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out WHY.” This quote by Mark Twain perfectly captures Dr. William Noel, Sr.’s personal calling and dedication to working with students.  That higher calling and dedication is “WHY” Dr. Noel remains committed to being an influential role model for all students, but especially for the (sometimes) “hard-to-reach” students. 

As Director of the Student Support & Disciplinary Review Office with Henrico County Public Schools, Dr. Noel emphasizes the importance of connecting with  hard-to-reach students by establishing genuine relationships and being transparent & honest.  He will be the first person to debate that knowing WHO we teach may be more important than WHAT we teach.

After graduating from the University of Virginia, Dr. Noel began his 25-year journey in education as substitute teacher, then alternative education teacher, social studies teacher, coach and assistant principal.  After earning his Ed.D. in Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, he joined Henrico Schools in his current position.  When asked by a colleague if he was going to miss teaching after he transitioned to administration, Dr. Noel said, “I will always be a teacher – just no longer from a classroom.”

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