Institute for Educational Development

NEW Seminar Presented By

Outstanding Educator, Behaviorist and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for School Teams Including Classroom Teachers, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, Behavior Intervention Specialists, Counselors, Instructional Coaches, Instructional Assistants, School Psychologists, School Behavior Management Teams, and Administrators Serving Grades 1-12

  • Practical strategies you and your staff can use immediately to work more successfully with attention-seeking, manipulative, and challenging students
  • Classroom-tested strategies to motivate and engage students who take up valuable class time with attention-getting behaviors that disrupt their own and others’ learning
  • Specific intervention strategies your team can put into place for students who try to manipulate adults and other students
  • Dynamic ideas, tools, and tips for improving students’ attitudes toward school and for increasing cooperation with teachers and their classmates

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Students with attention-seeking and manipulative behaviors are becoming more and more prevalent in our schools. With all the disruptions to our school routines in our recent past, more students than ever before seem to be reluctant to re-engage and exhibit school-appropriate behavior. These students are often very difficult to reach and even more difficult to teach. They can exhibit severe and disruptive behavior patterns, infringe on others’ rights, disrupt the classroom or online learning environment, and stop their learning as well as that of others. This NEW, outstanding two-day leadership institute is designed to offer practical leadership and powerful tools and techniques for changing your students’ negative behaviors into more positive, productive learning behaviors. Bring your team and leave with a plan you can immediately implement.

Exceptional educator, behaviorist, and nationally-acclaimed presenter CINDY JONES will share classroom-proven ideas, techniques, and strategies that she has successfully used with her students for many years. Her practical ideas and fun, interactive style will keep you and your team excited and entertained as you learn valuable new strategies that will improve student behavior and overall school climate. Your team will gain both pro-active strategies to engage students in quality learning and reactive strategies to de-escalate and calm students. Plan to leave this two-day leadership institute with many highly effective and game-changing ideas you’ll be able to use immediately with your attention-seeking and manipulative students.

A Practical Two-Day Leadership Institute Focused on Helping Your Team Reduce the Challenging Behaviors That Can Stop Teaching and Learning

Plan to attend as a school team, district team, teacher, school psychologist, social worker, counselor, school behavior management team, or school or district administrator. You will learn how to build on the success of your current program, identify program components that will improve student behavior, and practical ways to maintain authority as you increase student engagement and academic success. You will also learn about the four types of student inappropriate behaviors and what you or your team can do to increase positive interactions in all your classrooms.

Develop a Plan to Strengthen Discipline and Increase Students’ Time on Task and Academic Success

During this two-day leadership institute, you and your school or district team will learn numerous practical strategies to maximize student achievement and reduce unwanted behaviors. You will also discover ways to increase the positive school climate for yourself, your colleagues, and your students. You will find many brain-compatible academic and behavior strategies to guide you in your work. You will also receive templates, forms, and plans to aid you and your colleagues in the implementation of the strategies presented.

Specific Topics


Here's what you'll learn:
  • Highly effective, classroom-proven strategies to help your team decrease challenging attention-seeking behaviors at school
  • What motivates manipulative students and how you can work together to help them get what they need in more positive ways
  • Brain-compatible behavior strategies that influence the behaviors of at-risk students
  • Specific strategies to help re-engage the challenging students in all your classrooms
  • How to help all your at-risk students learn greater self-control and self-awareness
  • Practical ways to help students catch up and gain confidence and academic success
  • Verbal intervention strategies that stop power struggles and arguing from the classroom to the playground and in-between
  • How to systematically re-tool your students’ faulty thinking to make better choices and gain more self-control
  • Proven ways to maintain classroom authority while building more positive student relationships
  • Practical strategies to help you gain more parent support rather than being met with resistance
  • Techniques your team can use immediately to consistently handle disrespectful and dangerous behaviors at your school
  • Effective strategies that will quickly end or defuse inappropriate behavior before it escalates
  • How to avoid counterproductive consequences and promote more positive behaviors
  • Specific techniques to use with students with sensory issues and ADHD
  • Four types of student behaviors and how your team can specifically address them
  • Practical strategies to help you and your colleagues spend less time addressing difficult behavior

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Student behaviors are changing. Many students come to school or show up for online learning hurting, hostile, unmotivated, and uninterested in school. We, as educators, often spend 80% of our time with 20% of the class who continue to disrupt teaching and learning. I invite you to join me at this highly practical two-day leadership institute focused on helping your team learn highly practical strategies for working more effectively with your attention-seeking, manipulative, and difficult-to-teach students. During our two days together, you and your team will discover many new ideas for reaching even your most difficult and defiant students.

The truth is many students act out because it has worked for them in the past. They either do not possess the appropriate skills to make good choices or have been reinforced for making the wrong choices. I have designed this institute specifically for school and district teams, teachers, counselors, social workers, administrators, and school psychologists dealing with challenging and hard-to-reach students to come together and develop a plan that can be implemented at your school or district. The skills presented are ones I have gained through my own experience as an educator and leader of teachers working with highly challenging students for over forty years. I have decades of first-hand experience with students who engaged in constant attention-seeking behaviors to those with severe physical aggression change. Because I have observed the same students show growth and transformation when the correct intervention skills were applied, I feel compelled to share my experience and strategies for success with teams like yours.

My goal for this two-day leadership institute is for you to leave with many new, practical tools that can help you and your team with addressing student behaviors that threaten to stop our teaching, interfere with our students’ learning, and steal your joy as educators. Please join your colleagues and me for two exciting days filled with practical and creative strategies for changing the lives of your students and refilling your educator toolbox. I promise you that the leadership institute will be fun, highly interactive, and very practical.

Sincerely,
Cindy Jones

P.S. You will leave with dozens of practical ideas and an extensive digital resource handbook to help you implement the strategies in your school!

Who Should Attend

School Teams, including Classroom Teachers, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, Behavior Intervention Specialists, Counselors, Instructional Coaches, Instructional Assistants, School Psychologists, School Behavior Management Teams, and Administrators serving Grades 1-12

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this institute. The handbook includes:
    • Effective, classroom-proven strategies for decreasing challenging student behaviors
    • How to empower and re-train your unorganized or distracted students
    • Specific techniques to help you stay out of power struggles with your students and their parents
    • Descriptions and strategies for the four types of behavior problems
    • Templates, multi-tiered plans, and how to identify roles and responsibilities of staff team members
    • How to incorporate new strategies with what you are already doing
  2. Meet and Share
    This institute provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in improving the behavior of attention-seeking, manipulative and challenging students.
  3. Consultation Available
    Cindy Jones will be available at the institute for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  5. 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.