Educators must learn about students’ lives outside school in order to connect with — and successfully teach — “hard-to-reach” students, says Dr. William Noel, Sr. Students’ “stories” and interests have direct implications on what they do and how they perform inside school. While every educator has biases, this one-day seminar will help teachers and administrators learn how attitudes & expectations about hard-to-reach and “at-risk” students can negatively or positively affect them academically and/or behaviorally. Dr. Noel will discuss how educators can better relate to hard-to-reach students by showing respect and preserving their self-esteem.
When behavior is an issue with hard-to-reach students, the educator’s response is critical. Dr. Noel says a “criminalized” punitive response can lead to anger, a decreased desire to succeed and ultimately even to the “school-to-prison” pipeline. A “medicalized” solutions-oriented response can help students learn from failures and accept responsibility for their actions – preparing them for success in the future. Dr. Noel believes educators should seek to connect with students by being transparent about their own past – the good, the bad and the ugly. When educators discuss their own past failures, it helps students learn that it is okay to fail – as long as a lesson is learned. Through successful connections, vulnerability and mutual respect, educators from every background can help those (sometimes) hard-to-reach kids thrive!
- Shift in Philosophy
- Proven Strategies for Connecting with Hard-to-Reach Students
- Discipline vs. Punishment
- Emotions & Feelings
- Attitudes, Expectations & Mindset
- Set Your Climate
- Culturally Competent
- What Motivates Students
- Understand the role of student support
- Examine relationships and how impact teaching
- Understand the potential damage done by punitive measures
- Learn the dangers of low expectations with disadvantaged students
- Discover how to set the climate in your classroom – be a thermostat not a thermometer
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6:15 am PT
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6:30 am PT
Connecting with the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach
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8:00 am PT
When Students Require Plan B
|1:00 pm ET/
10:00 am PT
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10:30 am PT
Reaching the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach (continued)
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12:00 pm PT
What Kind of Leader Are You?
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1:00 pm PT
|Question & Answer Session (Optional Attendance)|
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.
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How to Reach the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach Seminar Dates
Friday, March 12, 2021
9:30 am ET / 8:30 am CT
Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 this Seminar will be held as a Zoom Meeting.
If you cannot attend the event on the scheduled date, or if the event is postponed for any reason, you may send a substitute, transfer to a different event or request a Voucher for a future event. Substitutions should be made in writing (please email firstname.lastname@example.org) and are welcome until the day of the event. Vouchers are valid for up to three years for future AccuTrain events and may be transferred to a colleague.
“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out WHY.” This quote from Mark Twain perfectly captures Dr. William Noel’s personal calling and dedication to working with children. 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. Dr. Noel emphasizes the importance of connecting with those students through establishing genuine relationships, and teaching them to make better decisions. He would be the first person to debate that knowing WHO you teach may be more important than WHAT you teach. Dr. Noel began his journey in education as a substitute teacher, then as an alternative education teacher, social studies teacher, coach, assistant principal, and now district director of student support and disciplinary review. When asked by a colleague if he was going to miss teaching, Dr. Noel replied, “I will always be a teacher; just no longer from a classroom.”