Series II

Multicultural Education:  Teaching to Diversity
Presented by Manny Brandt
(1 hour 44 minutes)

Manny Brandt of the Southwest Regional Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities provides practical suggestions for educators so they may work successfully with an increasingly culturally diverse student population.  The primary goal of the presentation is to assist teachers in developing instructional strategies for meeting the communication and intercultural learning needs of diverse groups.

At-Risk Students:  Identification and Assistance Strategies
Presented by Hillery M. Motsinger, Ed.D.
(1 hour 51 minutes)

Dr. Hillery Motsinger, founder of Success-N-School, focuses on strategies for identifying and working with at-risk students.  New demographic information and research findings are provided which will assist schools in developing policies and procedures for working with this growing student population.

Improving Student Thinking in the Content Area
Presented by Patti L. Chance, Ph.D.
(1 hour 50 minutes)

Dr. Chance addresses methods to improve the critical thinking attributes of students by providing practiced suggestions for classroom teachers.  Dr. Chance focuses on strategies designed to incorporate thinking skills into the content areas.  The emphasis is on concepts that teachers can put to immediate use.

The Quality School
Presented by William Glasser, M.D.
(3 hours 27 minutes)

Dr. Glasser discusses the latest concepts of Reality Therapy and Control Theory as applied to schools.  Dr. Glasser provides practical suggestions for creating the quality school where administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, and students work together to provide a quality education for all students based upon cooperative methods, meeting basic human needs, and teaching to established standards.

Managing Students Without Coercion
Presented by Barbara Garner
(1 hour 14 minutes)

Barbara Garner, a senior faculty member of the Institute for Reality Therapy presents participants with a method designed to improve classroom management.  The concepts are based upon Dr. William Glasser’s belief that “boss management” and coercive approaches do not work effectively with students of today.  Ms. Garner teaches that classrooms should be collaboratively focused in order to teach students to accept responsibility for their actions and their learning.

Strategic Planning for Outcome-Based Education
Presented by Charles Schwahn, Ed.D.
(2 hours 35 minutes)

Dr. Schwahn addresses four specific aspects of school improvement related to mission and vision development, the establishment of a common belief value culture, and setting exit outcomes.  The specific focus is on developing successful planning teams.