October 19, 2018
9am - 3pm
Rapid City, South Dakota
Keynote: “Challenging Student Behaviors Got You Down? Behavioral Strategies to the Rescue!“
Presenter: Dr. Kathleen Cook, BCBA-D
Behavior management tools provide teachers with the foundations for success in the classroom. This presentation will address common classroom challenges in general and special education classrooms. Participants will learn specific evidence-based behavioral strategies for managing students who demonstrate non-compliant, disruptive, argumentative, and other challenging behaviors in the classroom and across school settings.
Afternoon Sessions (choose one)
Session 1: “What is the Problem with Problem Behavior?!”
Understanding problem behavior, including what it is, what to do and what not to do, as well why we should respond is something that many teachers and support staff struggle with. This often leads to problems with classroom management, frustrations and the feeling of defeat for teachers and others responsible for supporting students. Teachers and those working with students who demonstrate problem behavior often have difficulty forming, maintaining and strengthening relationships with these students leading to increased problem behaviors and often times decreases in academic and social performance. Participants will walk away with skills and tools that can be implemented on day one to increase their effectiveness within the classroom and learn why problem behavior often occurs and what they can do to support their students.
Session 2: “Stop the Whac-a-mole and Go Green!”
Inappropriate student behavior is one of the most common impediments to a classroom environment conducive to effective teaching and student progress. Often times, “whaca-mole” becomes an apt metaphor to describe the reactionary approach teachers are seemingly forced to take in repeatedly responding to recurring inappropriate behavior. Fortunately, a variety of effective classroom management systems exist that can put an end to this game. “Go Green” is one such example. Not only does “Go Green” establish a classroom environment that minimizes inappropriate student behavior, but it also maximizes appropriate student behavior and learning. Participants in this workshop will review the foundational principles upon which “Go Green” is built, and develop a “Go Green” system appropriate for her own classroom.