Overcoming Distraction, Disruption & Marginalization

How Educators Can Use Brain Research & Current Best Practices to Promote Positive Relationships & Prevent Bullying, Cyberbullying & Relational Aggression.

Do You Know Students Who Have...

  • Resistance or refusal to participate in normal school activities?
  • Persistent moodiness
  • Chosen social isolation?
  • Sudden declines in school performance?
  • Constant worries or anxieties?
  • Extreme involvement with social media and/or digital games?
  • Depression, sadness or irritability?
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Symptoms of substance abuse?
  • Indifference to others’ feelings?


The vision of any school likely commits to serving “all kids.”  But the reality of our current climate of distraction, disruption and marginalization often prohibits the realization of this vision.  This on-site training examines the biology of pre-adolescent and adolescent brains, the latest research behind Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the Trauma-Impacted Learner – as well as the biases and prejudices that hinder our ability to work better together.

Dr. Tom Maglisceau, who has served as a teacher, coach, principal and now superintendent in the Dallas area, will help attendees develop a path forward for building resilience.  He will also provide high-yield strategies for building the culture, systems and leadership necessary to enhance relational capacity and resilience in our kids – both in individual classrooms and schoolwide.

Learning Objectives

  • Updating our latest understanding of pre-adolescent and adolescent brain development – especially as it relates to: Learning, Motivation, and “Grit”
  • Examine the disruption of marginalization and whether “all” really means all
  • Understand the impact of social media and social contagion on our communities
  • Discover the three key components of a restorative response
  • Explore how to build classroom and school-wide systems of support to generate positive social capital – creating bonds and bridging differences
  • Develop the “Better Together” mindset


Virtual Seminar Friday, April 23, 2021
10:00 am ET/7:00 am PT – 4:30 pm ET/1:30 pm PT

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 this Seminar will be held as a Zoom Meeting.
Attendees will be able to login beginning at 9:45 am ET/ 6:45 am PT.
The session will begin at 10:00 am ET/ 7:00 am PT.

See What Attendees Have to Say

"The speaker, Tom, was amazing! He was motivating and enthusiastic. He gave great information."
"The content taught was interesting and motivating. I found myself completely engaged and digging deep into my brain to think of ways I can use this information to better myself and my students. "
"I appreciated the speaker's delivery of pertinent information."
"The information was relevant and something I can add to my practice tomorrow!"


Seminar Information

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How Nature and Nurture Influence Girl Drama, Relational Aggression & Bullying

  • Research Implications from Brain Research
  • Gender Identity, Socialization and Parenting
  • Current Trends & Practices to Promote Self-Awareness and Support Healthy Identity Development

The Impact of Social Networking & Technology on RA

  • Current Social Media Sites and Implications
  • Social Media Case Studies and Interventions

Prevention Strategies for Schools

  • How a Trauma-informed Approach Can Prevent RA Behaviors in Schools
  • Trauma-informed Supports for Victims and Perpetrators of RA
  • Wellness Wheel: 5 Dimensions of Wellness
12:00-1:00Lunch (On Your Own)

RA and Mental Health

  • Common Mental Health Diagnoses Associated with RA
  • Identify Connections and Risk Factors between RA and Girls’ Mental Health
  • Internalizing vs. Externalizing Disorders: Depression and Anxiety
  • Self-Injury and Suicide Ideation

Individual & Group Strategies to Address RA

  • Mindfulness and Resiliency Activities
  • Next Steps to Success: Initiating Your Action Plan
3:45-4:15Networking Group Discussion
(Optional Attendance)

– Classroom Teachers
– Principals
– Special Education Personnel
– School Counselors & Psychologists
– Other Administrators
– Social Workers (all levels)
– Law Enforcement/SRO
– Counselors & Therapists in Agencies & Private Practice
– Media Specialists

Individual Registration

Groups 3-9

Groups 10+

Early Registration
$149 USD
$124 USD
$109 USD
Advanced Registration
$169 USD
$144 USD
$129 USD
Regular Registration
$189 USD
$164 USD
$149 USD
Your registration fee includes refreshments and materials. It does not include meals, hotel accommodations or parking.
Register 30 days prior to Seminar date and save! Groups of 20+, call 1-800-251-6805 for special pricing
When 3 or more people register together from the same school district or agency, each participant is entitled to a $25 USD discount off their registration fee. To receive this discount, all participants in the group must register at the same time and have a single group representative as the contact person.
All cancellations incur a $20 administrative fee andmust be received in writing or electronically seven days prior to seminar. No refunds will be issued on cancellations received after that date. Substitutions are welcome at any time. Developmental Resources, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any seminar in the event of insufficient registration, in which case a full refund will be returned. If for any reason the seminar is not held, Developmental Resources’ liability is limited to a refund of the registration fee paid. If you miss the cancellation deadline, and are unable to either attend the training or send a substitute, we will issue a voucher that is valid for two years. It is transferrable to a colleague and may be applied toward any of our professional development events.
“The information was great and completely applies to me as a School Counselor. Understanding how the male and female brains work, including hormonal differences, will make a huge difference for me!”
School Counselor
Seattle, WA
“I can use everything I learned today instantly in the classroom. It was very interesting to learn about the differences of the male and female brain.”
High School Teacher
Sacramento, CA
“The presenter was so engaging and informative. There are so many practical takeaways that I can immediately use in the classroom.”
Middle School Teacher
Atlanta, GA
“The presenter’s insights about social media were spot on. The brain research on differences between male and female brains was very helpful.”
High School Counselor
New Orleans, LA

Certificates of Completion for this seminar, which indicate 6 contact hours of Continuing Education, will be available at the end of the seminar upon completion of a course evaluation. In many cases, depending on your Profession and Jurisdiction, this Certificate of Completion is sufficient for tracking your Continuing Education and Professional Development efforts. We suggest that you contact your local Board or Governing Agency to see exactly what steps are necessary for approval in your particular discipline. Please note that Developmental Resources is also an approved Provider for the following National and Regional Accrediting Agencies.

Developmental Resources has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5602. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.


Tom Maglisceau, Ph.D.

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Tom Maglisceau, Ph.D.

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

Tom Maglisceau is the proud Superintendent of the Celina Independent School District in the Dallas Metroplex. He served previously as a teacher, coach, principal and assistant superintendent in the Highland Park, Dallas and Rockwall districts in Texas. He earned his doctorate in Public Policy and Public Affairs after completing his research on social capital as it relates to family structure and childhood outcomes. Dr. Maglisceau continues his research in the areas of neuroplasticity of the adolescent brain, adverse childhood experiences and adolescence in the age of abundance for presentations in schools and conferences throughout Texas and across the nation. In addition to his work in public education, he serves as a Key Implementer and national professional developer for AVID. Dr. Maglisceau co-founded Together Texas, an organization dedicated to championing the “Better Together Mindset” in schools and communities.

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