When I have opportunities to work with Jon Erwin, whether it be in a workshop, a coaching session, and/or reading one of his books, I am always amazed at how much I learn from him! His knowledge of and enthusiasm for intrinsic motivation, social-emotional learning, relationship building, school and classroom climate, and for inspiring teachers and students to do their best have had a profound influence on my career and personal life. He is a dynamic and engaging presenter who is insightful, enjoyable and very inspiring! I value everything I have learned from Jon!
Ann Marie Oliverio
Lewiston-Porter Primary Education Center
While I would be more than happy to customize a seminar that would fit your school's needs and time/budget constraints, below are my most requested seminars.
Motivation, Mindset, and Grit
One of teachers primary concerns involves student motivation. While some students come to school with a willingness to learn and work, many seem to do the bare minium in achool, and many others shut down or give up when faced with a challenge. Teachers find that the traditional approaches to motivation, rewards and/or consequences don't work. This workshop, synthesizing the work of world reknown authors, psychologists and educators William Glasser, Daniel Pink, Alfie Kohn, Carol Dweck, Angela Duckworth and others, provides a compelling rationale for appealing to intrinsic motivation and teaching social-emotional skills (i.e. having a growth mindset and learning to persevere), and shares dozens of practical, specific strategies, lessons, and activities that you can use tomorrow to create a culture of excellence and continued improvement.
You will learn:
- The 5 Components of Intrinsic Motivation
- The Difference Between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset
- Practical Strategies for Teaching and Encouraging a Growth Mindset
- Lessons that Teach About and Encourage Perseverence or Grit.
- Effective Conferencing Process to Help Students Make More Effective, More Responsible Choices
Restorative Discipline: Strengthen Students' Learning and Improve Their Behavior
This seminar is based on the premise that all behavior incidents are educational opportunities, If students don't learn a new behavior or a new way of being in a certain situation, they will continue to behave the way they always have, ending up in the same result, taking up valuable instructional time frustrating the disciplinarian. Restorative discipline not only teaches students more responsible behaviors but restores order in the classroom, restores the student to the community and its shared values, and restores the students sense of dignity.
Specifically designed for classroom teachers, school administrators, counselors, special education staff, discipline committee members, behavior intervention specialists, Title I staff, and coaches serving grades K-12 this training will provide participants with:
- A multitude of ideas for effectively using a Restorative Discipline approach
- Teacher-tested restorative discipline strategies for building a productive learning environment involving positive relationships, effective interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, and high quality instruction.
- Practical, easy-to-implement strategies for reducing students problematic behavior while increasing their desire to act responsibly and respectfully
- Teacher friendly ideas to help students systematically progress socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and academically
- Innovative techniques that help students develop more effective skills for dealing with difficult situations and disappointments.
- Ways of transforming every discipline problem into an educational opportunity
- A proven Restorative Discipline conferencing process.
The School Climate Solution: Creating a Classroom and School Culture of Excellence
A positive learning environment not only makes a school a more pleasant place to be for students and educators, research shows it's also the solution to some of the most important concerns in education today:
- Reducing discipline issuies, including meanness and bullying
- Increasing attendance and graduation rates
- Increasing retention of great teachers
- Improving student learning and achievement
Based on my book of the same title, this seminar provides a compelling research-based rationale for expending time and effort on creating a positive school culture, one that is based on:
- Physical and Emotional Safety and Order
- Positive, Trusting Relationships Among All Stakeholders
- Engaging, Student-centered Instruction
- The Integration of Social-Emotional Learning into the Core Academic Curriculum.
- Shared Positive Values
After examining the research behind The School Climate Solution, the majority of the workshop is focused on SPECIFIC, PRACTICAL strategies and activities that create an optimal learning and working environment, i.e The School Touchstone, The Community Meeting, the Process for Positive Change, Social Emotional Learning, and many more.