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Boys are held back in school twice as often as girls. Boys also get expelled from preschool nearly five times more often than girls, and they are diagnosed with learning disorders and attention problems at nearly four times the rate of girls. Boys are more likely to drop out of school, and make up only 43 percent of college students. Millions of boys are being lost along the path to academic success and career achievement in today’s knowledge economy. Teacher bias regarding behavior, rather than academic performance, penalizes boys as early as kindergarten. On average, boys receive lower behavioral assessment scores, and those scores affect teachers' overall perceptions of boys' intelligence and achievement.
Rather than penalize boys' high energy - as traditional classroom methods often do - successful teachers are learning to take advantage of male liveliness, curiosity and thirst for competition. Unless educators stop to consider whether traditional methods are working for both genders, boys will continue to get the short end of the educational stick.
This powerful one-day seminar helps educators understand the structural, chemical and processing differences between boys' and girls’ brains. It helps educators support boys’ developmental needs, while teaching them social /emotional competencies. Attendees will discover innovative strategies, as well as group and individual interventions, to help boys achieve their highest academic potential.
Teachers, counselors, administrators and other educators will leave with practical tools to support developmental needs and specific activities to get boys learning while reducing their risk for academic failure, dropping out and underachievement.
In this seminar you will learn to:
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Stephanie Jensen, MS
Steph has held positions as classroom teacher, team leader, administrator, trainer, education consultant and national speaker. She also holds a master's degree in clinical counseling focusing on her efforts on adolescent and family issues. In recent years Steph has applied her passion for adolescents to focus on the dynamics of relational aggression, cyberbullying and sexualized bullying. She has spoken at national conferences and school districts across the country - combining research, practical strategies, prevention planning, parent education, crisis intervention, and curriculum implementation in her presentations. She is the author of Thrive in the Hive and Princess Priscilla and the Bully-Bee Day.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
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