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RESTORATIVE PRACTICES in the Classroom: Powerful strategies that Build Better Relationships and Manage Student Behavior More Effectively

Presented by Alan Krenek
Outstanding Teacher and Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Classroom Teachers, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Behavior Intervention Specialists, Counselors, Instructional Assistants, School Improvement Teams, Discipline Committee Members, and Administrators Serving Grades K-12

  • Practical ideas for effectively using a restorative mindset approach
  • Teacher-tested strategies for building a more productive learning environment creating quality relationships, strengthening interpersonal skills and promoting high-quality instruction
  • Practical, easy-to-implement methods for reducing students’ problematic behaviors while increasing their desire to act more responsibly and respectfully
  • Innovative techniques that help students develop more effective skills to deal with difficult situations

Practical Ideas and Strategies

In this outstanding seminar, Alan Krenek, nationally-recognized expert on restorative practices, will share dozens of practical strategies you can use immediately to develop and maintain a more positive, productive learning environment that is focused on teaching and learning, utilizing a restorative practices approach. Alan will share proven ways to significantly reduce instructional time lost to student behavior issues by helping students develop a greater understanding of how their behaviors affect you and others. You’ll learn how an emphasis on restoring relationships rather than punishment when misbehavior occurs can be a valuable opportunity for learning.

You’ll leave this seminar with an extensive restorative practices digital resource handbook and dozens of strategies to help students develop more positive relationship skills and become more responsible and accountable for their own behavior.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Reduce Teacher Time in Discipline
    Learn proven strategies to reduce teacher time in discipline, increase time for instruction and learning and help students take greater ownership of their own behavior
  2. Guide Students to Improve Their Behavior and Strengthen Their Learning
    Discover the power of providing a roadmap to students to understand how their own behavior is impacting learning in the classroom with the Surface Discussion
  3. Reduce Student Misbehaviors
    Dramatically decrease your students’ misbehaviors using restorative discipline strategies that emphasize relationships rather than retribution
  4. Help Students Improve Their Behavior
    Discover practical, classroom-tested restorative discipline strategies for helping students improve their behavior
  5. Discover the Power of the Classroom Treatment Agreement
    Learn how to proactively build a set of norms that will cross the boundary of the traditional classroom environment to the virtual learning environment where students will be centered on how to treat each other and adults
  6. Respond Effectively to Problematic Behavior
    Intervene appropriately in teaching students constructive skills for dealing with trigger situations to stop recurring behavior problems
  7. Utilize Constructive Alternatives to Suspension and Detention that Focus on Teaching and Learning, Not Punishment
    Learn how to create a restorative mindset that focuses on keeping, making and building peace by shifting the focus from rules to relationships
  8. Switch the Emphasis of a Lesson-Based Focus to Relationships First
    Learn easy-to-implement strategies that help you to prioritize and build sustainable relationships as an essential foundation to the content lessons you teach
  9. Build Greater Trust and Respect
    Discover how a relationship-centered approach to classroom management can build greater empathy, trust, respect, and optimism in students and staf
  10. Receive a Valuable Restorative Practices Digital Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive a restorative practices digital resource handbook filled with the techniques, strategies and activities discussed in the seminar

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Specific strategies to adjust your responses to help guide students toward their own behavior change
  • Practical ways to incorporate a restorative mindset approach
  • Realistic and doable strategies to create a more emotionally safe classroom through building trusting relationships
  • How to make a positive mindset a part of your daily classroom culture so your students model positive interactions
  • Specific strategies to adjust your responses to help guide students toward their own behavior change
  • How to take yourself out of the conflict cycle when teaching underperforming and unmotivated students
  • Down-to-earth, common sense methods to effectively communicate with the most challenging students
  • How to encourage positive change in students by facilitating, not punishing
  • Ways to help your students better regulate their thinking, emotions and behaviors for success
  • How to effectively use relationships with students to solve problems
  • Powerful ways to develop a learning atmosphere that builds positive relationships and fosters mutual respect
  • How to create a culture of accountability with effective ways to hold students accountable
  • Ways to help students own their behaviors rather than disown them with excuses and blaming
  • Effective ways to stay emotionally neutral while working with difficult and defiant students

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

We are confronted with student behaviors every day that interfere with the learning process and result in a loss of valuable instructional time. Unfortunately, most traditional exclusionary school management practices are hierarchical and employ punitive sanctions to address these student misconducts. This approach is now widely recognized as efficient but ineffective. It fails to create a constructive learning environment in which students can flourish and rarely reduces student misconduct in the long term. There is mounting evidence that a shift from this traditional practice toward a restorative classroom climate can break this cycle. Successes and challenges in creating this learning environment begin with educators who understand and embrace the theory, values, and principles of teaching with a more proactive relational mindset and apply them with fidelity in their schools.

I’ve created this seminar to share practical, common-sense ideas, strategies, techniques, and methods with restorative practices as a foundation. I am confident that you can put these valuable tools to use to help students see themselves as able, capable, and responsible. In a short amount of time, you’ll find yourself not only dealing more effectively with challenging behaviors when they occur but also developing the skills and attitudes to make it less likely that behavior challenges will happen in the future. I look forward to meeting you at the seminar and working with you soon.

Alan Krenek

P.S. Spend a day with me and discover the transformative power of restorative practices and authentic connections that will transform your learning environment and the relationships you have with students.

Who Should Attend

Classroom Teachers, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Behavior Intervention Specialists, Counselors, Instructional Assistants, School Improvement Teams, Discipline Committee Members, and Administrators Serving Grades K-12

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies. The handbook includes:

  • Strategies for increasing respectful, responsible and cooperative behaviors in hard-to-reach students
  • Ready-to-use strategies for all students, even the most difficult
  • Ideas for creating a consistent positive classroom environment with fewer discipline issues and more time for learning
For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

Share Ideas with Other Educators
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other educators interested in improving the behavior and learning of their students.

Consultation Available
Alan Krenek will be available to answer your specific questions and the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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