At-Risk and Hard-to-Reach Students

This insightful on-site training workshop provides educators with a better understanding of why we are dealing with so many students who are at-risk — exploring the root causes as well as additional trauma faced during the Covid-19 quarantine. Author and motivational speaker Dr. Tommie Mabry shares specific strategies to engage ALL learners and discusses why effective relationship-building with children is fundamental for student and school success.


Understanding the reason we teach, with special emphasis on the student, is the central theme of this training. Dr. Mabry offers participants a refreshing look into students from his own experience as an at-risk student as well as an educator.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how to implement teaching strategies to capture and inspire ALL learners
  • Learn to affirm and validate teaching effectiveness in the classroom
  • Explore a framework for reshaping school culture, affording teachers and students an opportunity to become part of the solution collaboratively
  • Answer the key question: Now that we understand today’s students, what do we teach them?


At-Risk and Hard-to-Reach Students Presenter

Dr. Tommie Mabry

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Dr. Tommie Mabry

*In case of an emergency, another qualified presenter will substitute

Tommie Mabry grew up in poverty in Jackson, Mississippi. With no one to serve as a model for mainstream success, Tommie turned to life in the streets. He was expelled from numerous schools and by age 11, he was serving time for burglary. Things started to change for Tommie when he joined an AAU basketball team that traveled around world. Although he was shot in the foot during his senior year, he received a full basketball scholarship to Missouri State University. After completing his undergraduate studies at Tougaloo College, he taught school in the same district where he had been expelled numerous times. Subsequently he has served as Director of Enrollment at Tougaloo College before founding the company that bears his name. He recently earned his Ph.D. from Jackson State University and has published two books, A Dark Journey to a Light Future and If Tommie Can Do It, We Can Do It.



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