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Thursday, February 6 • 11:45am - 1:00pm
Lunch & Keynote by Larry Thompson: Building a Responsibility-Centered School Culture

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Please arrive in the Ballroom as soon as possible to be seated for lunch so we can get started right at Noon with Larry's keynote!

When they first walk into the building, most educators can “feel” the climate of a school fairly quickly. Leaders sometimes hope that team building events, open-door policies, additional technology and frequent communication will create a positive school culture. But school culture is based on relationships. When relationships are in conflict, the climate and culture are impacted. Many of the conflicts in school life are caused by behavior and discipline issues. If a teacher does not feel supported, that creates conflict. If a student does not feel “listened to,” that creates conflict. Behavior issues – and academic issues – can often be traced back to a student’s lack of self-control (perhaps related to trauma or a diagnosis).

Imagine a student with a weak self-control muscle. It may look like she can’t get herself to do things that she doesn’t enjoy or can’t control her anger. To help such students reach their potential, educators must help them grow the self-control muscle. In this session, author and supportive discipline innovator Larry Thompson will discuss how teaching students self-responsibility and self-control has transformed the culture of schools throughout North America – from private schools to juvenile prisons – resulting in improved academic performance. You will learn how giving students the gift of self-control can improve academic performance and transform your school culture.

Lunch menu:
Flank Steak Grilled with Mushroom Cabernet Demi Glaze, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli Spears & Blistered Tomatoes. Includes a fresh garden salad, dinner rolls, coffee and tea.

Speakers
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Larry Thompson

Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, Larry Thompson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands... Read More →



Thursday February 6, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm CST
Grand Ballroom