Series IV

Teaching for Intelligent Behavior
Presented by Arthur L. Costa, Ed.D.
(1 hour 51 minutes)

As co-director of the Institute for Intelligent Behavior, Dr. Arthur Costa has written numerous publications on supervision, teaching strategies, thinking skills, and assessment.  In this session, Dr. Costa discusses topics such as why we teach for thinking; school conditions for teaching thinking; classroom conditions for teaching thinking; thoughtful lesson design; and mediating the metacognitive.  Participant materials provide concepts which can be used immediately in designing lessons and in teaching.

Leadership: Rethinking the Future
Presented by Carol Warner
(1 hour 46 minutes)

Formerly the Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Carolyn Warner has gained national stature as one of America’s most articulate educational and public policy leader.  In this inspirational message Carolyn Warner discusses nine tasks of leadership and relates them to the leadership of administrators and teachers in schools.  This motivational speech focuses on the tasks of affirming values, explaining, and serving as a symbol for others.

Crisis Management in Schools
Presented by Robert Decker, Ed.D.
(1 hour 18 minutes)

Dr. Robert Decker of the University of Northern Iowa discusses organizing school crisis teams to prepare for effective crisis management.  Dr. Decker explains how to build a crisis management plan for your school before crisis strikes.  Educators usually have not been trained to handle the types of crises (cultural differences, an incredible array of attitudes, and emotional and social upheavals) that are occurring with increasing frequency in schools.  Dr. Decker provides a step-by-step plan for organizing crisis teams and implementing a crisis management plan specific to your school’s needs.

Character Education
Presented by B. David Brooks, Ed.D.
(1 hour 5 minutes)

Dr. B. David Brooks is co-editor of the journal, “Character Education.”  Dr. Brooks maintains that schools constitute a community within themselves.  If the school community nurtures the language, culture and climate of strong character, then the students who spend a significant portion of their time there will begin to display the words, concepts, behavior and skills that build good conduct, ethical decision making, and an atmosphere of productive learning.  There is strong evidence that character education programs are effective when key criteria include: direct instruction, language-based curriculum, positive language, content and process, visual reinforcement, school climate approach, teacher friendly materials, teacher flexibility and creativity, student participation, parental involvement, and evaluation.  In this session, Dr. Brooks discusses these concepts.  Activities are included with materials.

Conflict Resolution Strategies in Schools
Presented by Patti L. Chance, Ph.D.
(1 hour 38 minutes)

In this session, Dr. Chance presents strategies for resolving conflict and provides a model for student mediation programs which can be implemented in elementary, middle, and high schools.  Conflict resolution strategies and mediation models support efforts to build a positive school climate and promote students' critical thinking and problem solving skills.  Dr. Chance draws upon her experiences as a principal and classroom teacher to provide activities and strategies which can be readily used in your school.

 

B.U.I.L.D. Success Through the Values of Excellence
Presented by Jimmy Cabrera, C.S.P.
(1 hour 11 minutes)

This session is designed for use with students.  Speaking from experience and a background of challenge, Jimmy Cabrera demonstrates how students can, in the face of adversity and/or peer pressure, make choices that will benefit them.  Educators are fighting a dropout epidemic, but the percentage of student dropouts can be reduced by giving students a formula to help them build their lives on positives, not negatives.  As demonstrated by testimonial letters to Mr. Cabrera from students, this program can make a difference in your students’ lives and in your school.

Teachers as Heroes
Presented by Tom Warren, D.C.
(39 minutes)

In 1992, Dr. Tom Warren headed the only team ever to traverse the entire Lewis & Clark Trail since Lewis & Clark first made their way across America to the Pacific Ocean.  Dr. Warren shares the defining moment in his life when a teacher helped him understand the power of learning and the need for dreams -- a moment which changed his life.  Dr. Warren relates his experiences in preparing for and executing the trip, discusses lessons in goal achievement learned in preparation and along the trail, and narrates some of the highlights of the trip including comparison of Lewis’ journal with Dr. Warren’s findings during the expedition.  Dr. Warren shares his unique account of America’s environmental history to enthusiastic audiences nationwide.  Both teachers and students will be stimulated by this motivational, inspirational, and informative session.