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A Connected School

A Connected School is what we want our students to experience daily. Today, teachers are familiar with the pressure to raise test scores along with other demands of teaching, creating distress and disconnection from their students. A Connected School inspires new and seasoned teachers to implement what most educators already know as the essential characteristics – achievement, caring and safety.

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A Connected School

In A CONNECTED SCHOOL examples are given of how educators teach from the indispensable attribute we call Discipline Within:

•    to discover the hidden successes behind students' misbehaviors.
•    to maintain connections and restore capacity for learning with disruptive students.
•    to teach from significant beliefs about Being the Teacher You Want To Be!

All parents and teachers want their children and students to be successful. They are not in the habit, however, of seeking student's immediate success when embroiled in a disciplinary issue. Nor are they practiced at focusing collective beliefs and group values when there is a classroom disruption. And seldom do they first think about discipline within themselves when there's a conflict with others.

A CONNECTED SCHOOL explains how to be successful as a teacher when you are not getting what you want, uncertain about what to do or are in conflict with students. A CONNECTED SCHOOL is steeped with stories of teachers who value this new approach to understanding human behavior, and take this new understanding to daily classroom interactions (see "Get the Picture" at the end of each chapter).
After our staff was immersed in the concepts of A CONNECTED SCHOOL, we saw a 47% reduction in referrals. The following year, we attained 00% of the “No Child Left Behind” targets 9annual measurable objectives) for 2002-2003. Sandra Hunter, Principal, Kennedy Learning Center, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, North Carolina

As an intermediate education agency of 72,000 students, we needed research-based content for professional development to improve the school climate across general and special education. It needed to be realistic, positive, and integrated with school discipline. Learning A CONNECTED SCHOOL concepts has been a wise investment over the past six years. More than 800 general and special education teachers, principals, and support staff have been trained in urban, suburban, and rural districts. The principles and strategies are being actively implemented and providing a positive and safe learning environment for students and educators.  Ed Redalen Director of Educational Services, and Tricia Elmer, Director of Special Education, Area Education Agency 267. Iowa

Professional Development
In A CONNECTED SCHOOL, workshops learn practical ways for educators to successfully structure their classrooms and build relationships with students aligned with beliefs about responsibility, respect and safety. Modeled after best practices and the latest research on human behavior, this systemic approach engages teachers in a deep level of understanding and practical approaches over time. As consultants in schools and/or classrooms educators will learn how to teach students successful behaviors, pull out pro-social beliefs from misbehaviors and nurture student’s innate ability to learn. Schools that have embedded the principles of A CONNECTED SCHOOL through this program have seen the following results:

•    at least a 40% reduction in the number of discipline referrals.
•    no less than a 20% increase in academic performance.
•    improvement in teacher satisfaction.
•    increased parental involvement.

THE CONNECTED SCHOOL approach is designed to be integrated into a school’s core curriculum and everyday language so that it isn’t "one more thing" teachers and administrators have to do. It creates the culture, gaining momentum and producing improved results year after year.

A free (expenses-only) 20-minute or longer presentation to introduce the ideas of A CONNECTED SCHOOL at a staff meeting, PTO meeting or administrator's meeting is available. A three-day session leading to certification through the International Association for Applied Control Theory (IAACT) is available. Because of limited professional development time, a combination of face-to-face and online training option is under development.

This session is best as a full day or multiple day session. Because this session involves a great deal of self-reflection and content that maybe unfamiliar to the participants it is recommended that training be spread over a period of time with  implementation time in between. Yearlong school wide programs are available and will be custom designed.

All sessions will be customized to your setting!
The following delivery options are usually available:

•    One-hour keynote intended to peak interest
•    1/2 Day session to explore the basic ideas
•    Full day to gain understanding of the concepts
•    Multi-Day to gain understanding and integrate concepts

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