How to Reach the (Sometimes)
On-Site Training


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 on-site training 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

Video Clips

Building Rapport with Students

Cognitive Dissonance

Hope Dealers & Energy Vampires in Education

Achieving Equity

Attendee Feedback

"This seminar taught me a new way approach to behavior management and teaching. I can't wait to use it in the classroom!"
Middle School Teacher
Seattle, WA
"The presenter held everyone's attention and was very engaging. The information was insightful and well-researched. I cam excited to implement these strategies on my campus."
High School Principal
Anderson, IN
"This training is so relevant to challenges I face in my classroom. I feel like I've finally found strategies that I can use in class that will work!"
Middle School Administrator
Savannah, GA
"I learned so many skills and intervention strategies to use in class. I gained so much I can immediately use. This is an awesome training!
High School Teacher
New Orleans, LA


9:45 am ET /6:45 am PT Attendee Login
10:00 am ET/7:00 am PT When Students Require Plan B
  • Student Support
  • Code of Conduct
  • Intervention-Focused Procedures
11:00 am ET/8:00 am PT Connecting with the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach
  • Discovering Students’ Stories
  • Protecting Students’ Self-Esteem
  • Discipline not Punishment
  • 3 Keys to Connection
    • Mutual Respect
    • Ensuring Students Have a Voice
    • Open Doors vs. Closing Doors
1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT Lunch
1:30 pm ET/10:30 am PT Reaching the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach (continued)
  • Emotions and Feelings
    • Emotions Affect Learning
    • Increasing Awareness of Students’ Needs
    • Resolving Conflicts
  • Set Your Climate
    • Thermometer vs Thermostat
    • Teach Behavior
  • Examine Attitudes
    • Dangers of Low Expectations
    • Achieving Success
    • Cultural Responsiveness
3:00 pm ET/12:00 pm PT What Kind of Leader Are You?
  • Equity vs. Equality
  • Hope Dealers and Energy Vampires
4:00 pm ET/1:00 pm PT Question & Answer Session (Optional Attendance)


Credit Hours

Certificates of Completion for this on-site training, which indicate 6 contact hours of Continuing Education, will be available at the end of the session 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, ACEP No. 5602. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

83% Reduction of Office Discipline Referrals

(Based on a pilot study of fourth grade classroom)

How to Reach the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach Seminar Dates

Virtual Seminar
Monday, May 10, 2021
10:00 am ET / 7:00 am 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. The live meeting will begin at 10:00 am Eastern Time.

Seminar Pricing

Individual Registration

Groups 3-9

Groups 10+

Early Registration (thru 4/26)
$149 USD
$129 USD
$109 USD
Regular Registration
$189 USD
$169 USD
$149 USD
Register early 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.
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 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.


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William Noel, Sr., Ed.D.

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

“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.”

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