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Social-Emotional Skills: The Gateway to Solving Academic & Behavior Problems


Margaret Searle and Marilyn Swartz invite you to participate in a seminar for insights and strategies that help students who struggle with poor motivation, weak planning and organization skills, memory problems, and impulsive behaviors. 

If your teachers want research-based strategies for embedding social-emotional learning into academic lessons, this is the seminar for you. We will provide practical instructional practices that will help with attention span, memory, impulse control, problem solving, organization and self-monitoring skills and link them to the new social-emotional standards. Research shows that improving these skills will increase academic performance as well as attendance and behavior.


This seminar will help you ...


* See what neurologists have discovered about executive function and its effects on  learning and behavior


* Learn to support students who lack focus in the classroom


* Figure out where memory systems often break down and what instructional practices can help


* Discover why we often misread the problem of missing and incomplete assignments


* Teach students how to plan and self-monitor -- their improvement in achievement can be stunning


* Include students in intervention planning so they share responsibility for their success


* Improve parent involvement in intervention meetings - how to keep it safe, inviting and productive

Who should attend?

Administrators, supervisors, counselors, psychologists, special and general education teachers.


Most schools find it helpful to send teams made up of administrators, special ed. and general ed. teachers.


* Bringing a charged laptop will allow you to get hands-on experience with the websites.  Outlets may be limited so make certain your laptops are fully charged.


Seminar available at the following locations:




Dates to be announced.

Seminar Agendas:

Continental breakfast at 8:00 daily


Session One - Day 1       8:30 - 4:00


*  What is executive functioning and how does it affect social-emotional growth?

*  Learn to diagnose the root causes

*  Identify interventions for case studies involving lack of focus, impulse control and poor self-monitoring

*  Learn ways to collect and analyze data to measure growth

*  Parent and student involvement


Session Two - Day 2     8:30 - 4:00


*  Analyze and address behaviors like poor planning, organization and memory

*  Use case studies to practice identifying root causes and identify practical               classroom interventions



Teams should bring real case studies with them including data about the severity of the students' problems, i.e., numbers of disruptions per class period, frequency of missing assignments, number of times the student cannot find materials, etc.


Registration & Pricing

(Registration includes breakfast & lunch, snacks and a copy of the book, "Causes and Cures in the Classroom: Getting to the Root of Academic and Behavior Problems.")



To register by postal mail:


Download this form, fill it out and mail to the address on the form.



To register electronically:




$450.00 per two-day session.

One hour of Ashland University Credit is available.

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