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School Discipline That Works Conference ~ February 8th and 9th, 2018

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Friday, February 9, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM (EST)

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2 Day Registration
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Feb 8, 2018 $299.00 $15.94
1 Day Registration - Feb 8, 2017
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Feb 8, 2018 $159.00 $8.94
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This ticket is for those who plan on attending ONLY February 9, 2018
Feb 8, 2018 $159.00 $8.94

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February 8th and 9th, 2018

Loudermilk Conference Center, Atlanta Georgia

School-based professionals -- classroom teachers, administrators, mental health staff, school nurses, paraprofessionals -- are increasingly challenged to effectively meet the needs of all students, including the most vulnerable (those with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges).  And traditional school discipline -- which is oriented toward incentivizing positive behavior and punishing undesirable behavior -- may not be well-suited to ANY students.  At this conference, leading experts will synthesize years of brain development research and practical experience to offer teachers and administrators proven discipline strategies that create success in the classroom, while taking into account the various factors that can contribute to behavioral challenges.

Earn up to 12 Continuing Education Units!
You can register for both days or just one.


 At the conclusion of the conference, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how development and research in the neurosciences should influence one's approach to discipline
  • Describe a range of factors that can interfere with students' meeting the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral expectations of a classroom and school
  • Describe several non-punitive, non-adversarial models of intervention for helping children with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, and their classmates
  • Describe how to differentiate instruction and discipline to meet the needs of diverse learners



No-Drama Discipline                                                                                                                                                Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D

Based on the ideas from Dr. Bryson's New York Times bestseller No-Drama Discipline (with Dan Siegel), this workshop highlights  the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way educators react to misbehavior, providing an effective, compassionate roadmap for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene.  Defining the true meaning of the “D” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), Dr. Bryson explains how to reach a child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into a teachable moment. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem-solving becomes a win/win situation.

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Shifting From Modifying Behavior to Solving Problems                     Ross W. Greene, Ph.D

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) is the evidence-based model Dr. Ross Greene described his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. The CPS model has transformed thinking and practices in countless families, schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities throughout the world, and has been associated with dramatic reductions in adult-child conflict, challenging behaviors, disciplinary referrals, detentions, suspensions, seclusions, and physical, chemical, and mechanical restraints.  The model represents a significant departure from discipline-as-usual:  it focuses on solving problems rather than on modifying behavior, emphasizes collaborative rather than unilateral solutions, encourages proactive rather than reactive intervention, de-emphasizes diagnostic categories, and provides practical, research-based tools for assessment and intervention.


Ten Brain-Based Strategies for Helping Children Handling Their Emotions: Bridging the Gap Between What Experts Know and What Happens at School (First Breakout Session Only)
Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
Using stories, case examples, and plenty of humor, Dr. Bryson explains ten simple, scientifically grounded strategies that help children handle their emotions better and make better decisions, even in high-stress moments.

Get the Ball Rolling: Identifying Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems                                                         Ross W. Greene, Ph.D

If you want to solve problems and teach skills, first you need to identify those lagging skills and unsolved problems. In this session, Dr. Greene will help participants master the use of the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP), an instrument developed to help caregivers focus their intervention efforts. The ALSUP has significant implications for assessment practices in school: it helps make IEPs, FBAs, and BIPs more meaningful, and helps make intervention far more effective.

Differentiated Instruction: Putting Good Intentions into Action
Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D
The idea of differentiating instruction to accommodate the different ways that students learn is appealing, but not always easily accomplished. It involves a hefty dose of common sense, as well as sturdy support in the theory and research of education. It is an approach to teaching that advocates active planning for student differences in classrooms. In this breakout session, you get the details from one of the leaders in the field.

Kids Do Well if They Can (Move)! (Second Breakout Session Only)
Greg Santucci, MS OTR
Active students make better learners. This breakout session will explain sensory processing and how it impacts a student's behavior and learning. Participants will learn about the different sensory systems, sensory "diets", and how to help kids improve their self-regulation skills. Get ready to MOVE and learn practical strategies to implement in your classroom immediately.



Trauma- and Resiliency-Informed Schools: The Impact of ACEs on School Disciplinary Practices
David Corwin, M.D., and Vicki Corwin
Dr. Corwin will provide an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study findings along with similar research studies showing the damaging long-term effects of exposure to severe trauma in childhood, and will discuss the implications of this knowledge for health and education. Vicki Corwin, a recently retired elementary school principal and former teacher, will discuss what schools can do to become trauma and resiliency informed.  She will illustrate her comments with case examples of challenging students who attended schools where she served as principal.

Moving Beyond Survive: A Pedagogy of Mattering
Dr. Bettina Love
All students have potential that educators must nourish, protect, and grow for a better world. Dr. Love’s talk will focus on how innovative civic education, students’ knowledge production and multiple identities, and Hip Hop culture can be cultivated to engage students in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion, and justice. 


Stickers Don't Solve Problems...And Detentions and Suspensions, Don't Either
Ross W. Greene, Ph.D
In this breakout session, Dr. Greene will describe the process of solving problems collaboratively. He’ll describe the three steps of “Plan B,” then he’ll show videos of what the process looks like in schools. And he’ll describe the data from schools that have implemented the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model.  

Get Free: Creativity, Hip Hop Civics Ed, Intersectionality,  & Joy
Dr. Bettina Love
Dr. Love will walk participants through the Hip Hop civics curriculum for youth and young adults of all ages, entitled GET FREE. The curriculum is inspired by the exuberance, ingenuity, political energy, resistance, love, and DIY model of underground Hip Hop. The program aims to push and extend ideas of democracy, citizenship, shared leadership, freedom, community, civic engagement, and intersectional justice. Its goal is to introduce young people and educators to a national network of young community leaders, artists, and activists who advocate for social change and democratic inclusion driven by grassroots organizing.

Self-Regulation: A Neuro-developmentally Informed Approach for Responding to Challenging Students Through the Art of Co-Regulation
Robbyn Peters Bennett, LPC, CMHS & George Davis, M.D.
Children who have high ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) scores often have poor self-regulation skills and struggle to cope in school. They are often referred as “challenging,” or as having disciplinary problems, or as bullies. They often carry labels such as oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, or conduct disorder. Understanding the neurodevelopmental effects of early abuse and neglect, and the process of dissociation and hyper-arousal, helps teachers better recognize the child’s needs. They will discuss the continuum of arousal and ways in which to respond to and prevent dysregulation (i.e. defiance, ignoring directions, distracting others, going off-task, or tantrums). In this breakout session, the neurological mechanism of self-regulation, dysregulation and co-regulation will be discussed, in order to help teachers better understand and connect with their students. This approach underscores the importance of sensory sensitive, sequentially appropriate, relationally based teaching environments that help both mainstream and at-risk children flourish. They will describe the continuum of harsh punishment and overt child abuse, and will explore the overarching principles of positive discipline from a neuro-developmentally-informed perspective.


Can I pay by Purchase Order? Yes, click on the REGISTER button. You will be directed to Payment. Under Payment you can choose what method you would like to use.

How do I choose my breakout groups? You will be able to choose your breakout group when you order your ticket.

What time should I arrive? Registration begins at 8:00 to 8:30. Continental Breakfast will be offered. Keynotes begin at 8:45. The conference ends at 4:15.

What if I have more questions? Feel free to contact Liz Rudman at 

Will lunch be provided? Yes, lunch is included, as is a continental breakfast.

Where can I stay if I need overnight accommodations? The Ellis Hotel is a 3-5 minute walk from the Loudermilk Conference Center and they have provided us with a 20% room discount. To make a reservation go to

Can I receive Continuing Education Credits? Continuing Education credits for this program applied for through Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

  • Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. 
  • Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LCPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. 
  • Educators: 1.2 CEUs for Educators applied for through Conferences and Institutes, University of Maine.

















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Loudermilk Conference Center
40 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Friday, February 9, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM (EST)

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Lives in the Balance

Lives in the Balance is the non-profit organization founded by child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene, originator of the evidence-based Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach. Our vision is to foster collaboration and empathy, transform lives, and inspire change for all children (especially the most vulnerable), to heighten awareness of the detrimental and counterproductive effects of punitive interventions, and to address the systemic issues that impede our progress. The mission of Lives in the Balance is to provide vital, accessible resources and programs to caregivers of behaviorally challenging kids; to bring the plight of these kids into the public consciousness; to address the systemic issues that cause many of these kids to slip through the cracks; and to promote parenting and disciplinary practices that foster the better side of human nature in all children.


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