From Trauma to Triumph
Hear this life-changing story about a young man who did not allow poverty to sideline his dreams or sidetrack his pathway to success. This testimonial offers an emotional yet inspiring account of the value of an education. The presenter will take you on his journey from a statistic to success and leave each person with a passion for learning and education.
Relationship-Driven Instruction (3 R’s to Reaching At-risk Students)
In the quest to ensure that data-driven instruction occurs, many have lost sight of the importance of positive teacher-student relationships. Mistakenly, copious educators are attempting to obtain educational rigor without an adequate understanding of the need for genuine teacher-student relationships. The sequential steps in the At-risk Success Pyramid are Relationship, Relevance, and Rigor. Teachers will better understand the impact of relationships on academics when educating all students, especially those who are traumatized and at-risk.
You Can’t Teach Me If You Can’t Reach Me: Making Connections to Increase Achievement
While pursuing quality instruction many disregard the science that supports positive teacher-student connections to obtain that goal. This is particularly detrimental when the achievement gap is widening because of increased at-risk and traumatized students. Neuroscience focuses on the brain and its impact on behavior and cognitive functions. The Neurosequential model developed by Dr. Bruce Perry and the Sequence of Engagement serves as a guide for educators to understand the importance of reaching students prior to teaching them.
Use Your Gift
Everyone has one, and you need to learn how to manage yours today. All of us possess a talent that can be used to accelerate our success. These gifts are sometimes misused or are left unused by students and teachers who can make the learning environment super exciting. During instruction, innovation and creativity can be used daily with the right management tools to pursue and magnify “the gift.” Dr. Pharrams shares the powerful story of his father, who gave him the only dollar in his possession when he went to college.
An Alternative Pathway to Success
Alternative education should be just that…an alternative to traditional teaching and learning. Improving the academic performance of students who learn and behave differently can be challenging, but through individual learning plans and a strategic framework students can succeed. Design a program without limits using creative strategies to impact learning.
Mentorship “One Caring Adult Program”
If I “Reach One”, I can “Save One.” Students need someone in the building to serve as an advocate for them. The implementation of a student mentorship programs fosters the relationship between the teacher and student while providing a mentor within the school setting.
Alternatives to Suspensions
Improve student behavior with researched-based strategies that offer creative and innovative ways to eliminate discipline problems. Emerge from harsh consequences that lead to legal action, increase drop-out rates, and expulsion. Develop programs that are rooted in social-emotional learning, restorative practices, positive behavior supports, and high academic student engagement.
Discipline Paradigm Shift from Punitive to Non-traditional
Exclusionary disciplinary punishments, (such as in-school suspension or out-of-suspensions), preclude students from participating in the educational development that may be taking place within the classroom setting. Restorative practices represent a positive step toward helping all students learn to resolve disagreements, take ownership of their behavior, engage in acts of empathy and forgiveness. Additionally, the importance of faculty/student relationship in the reduction of disciplinary infraction is also included in the training.
Understanding the African American Male
A major problem plaguing educators is understanding and motivating the African American male student to achieve. Participate in a powerful lecture series that engages and educate teachers about the historical and cultural barriers that lead to poor academic performance. Participants will learn how empowerment programs, increasing expectations, cultural learning experiences, knowledge of at-risk factors, trauma sensitivity training, and a new self-identity can close the achievement gap.
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