Kafele: Achieving AYP and the Attitude Gap

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sd2016headerSchool Discipline Keynoter Baruti Kafele has proven himself a champion of lagging schools.  To be successful with African Americans, Latinos and other urban students (particularly males), Principal Kafele believes educators must place their unwavering focus on closing the “Attitude Gap” rather than the “Achievement Gap.”

Watch Principal Kafele discuss the impact of positive climate on student achievement.

Award-winning principal, internationally known speaker and best-selling author, Kafele will deliver a keynote session entitled “The Intentionality of Excellence in the Classroom” at the School Discipline Conference in Atlanta.  He will also present a breakout session during the main conference.

The 2016 School Discipline Conference will be a must-attend gathering for principals, deans, teachers and counselors focused on improving academic performance by applying the most current innovations and research to behavior intervention and classroom management. Special focus will be given to supportive, non-exclusionary disciplinary practices.


Dr. Pedro Noguera
Sociologist, Author, Expert on Impact of Society & Culture on SchoolsLAS VEGAS
Dr. Randy Sprick
Creator Safe & Civil SchoolsATLANTA
Larry Thompson
Supportive Discipline Innovator, Creator Responsibility-Centered DisciplineATLANTA
Chelonnda Seroyer
Award-Winning Teacher, Internationally Known Educational ConsultantLAS VEGAS
Brian Mendler
International Speaker, Author, Expert on Working with Disruptive StudentsLAS VEGAS
Baruti Kafele
Award-Winning Urban Principal, School Turnaround SpecialistATLANTA
Dr. Michele Borba
Bestselling Author, Internationally Recognized Educator, Media CommentatorLAS VEGAS
Joe Navarro
Non-Verbal Communication Expert, Best-Selling AuthorLAS VEGAS
Jordan Ellenberg
Author of NTY Bestseller How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical ThinkingATLANTA
Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Noted author and Commentator on Education, Racial Diversity and Women’s IssuesATLANTA

Check out some of this year’s speakers!


  • Exemplary Research-Based Programs
  • Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Disciplinary Practices
  • Common Mistakes Teachers Make with Classroom Control
  • The Most Common Myths about School Discipline
  • Updated Tools & Strategies for Behavior Interventions
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Applying Positive Behavior Interventions
  • Evidence-Based Advice for New & Experienced Educators
  • Insights for School Administrators from Nationally Acclaimed Programs
  • Keys to Working with Minority Students
  • How to Handle Particularly Challenging Discipline Moments
  • Legal Landmines Every Educator Should Understand
  • Helping Teachers Thrive in Classrooms Filled with Highly Challenging Students
  • Insuring Equity in Disciplinary Practices

The 2016 School Discipline Conference is returning to Atlanta and Las Vegas as part of the 2016 Innovative Schools 2016 Innovative Schools Summit in each location. Developmental Resources is offering an EARLY DISCOUNT ($415 for the Conference Bundle including 2 Pre-Conference Sessions; $325 Conference-Only)! This is a great opportunity to keep the conference affordable (Regular Conference Bundle is $545; Conference-Only is $425). SAVE THE DATE!

ATLANTA: June 19 – June 22, 2016
$415 USD

(until Mar. 31st)
$325 USD

(until Mar.31st)
(Includes: 2 Pre-Conference Sessions +Early Conference Registration) Regular Price: $545
(Includes entrance into all general sessions, breakout sessions, exhibits, morning and afternoon refreshments) Regular Price: $425


LAS VEGAS: June 28 – July 1, 2016
$415 USD

(until Mar. 31st)
$325 USD

(until Mar. 31st)
(Includes: 2 Pre-Conference Sessions + Early Conference Registration)
Regular Price: $545
(Includes entrance into all general sessions, breakout sessions, exhibits, morning and afternoon refreshments) Regular Price: $425


Proposals for presentations are now being accepted for School Discipline Conference events in Atlanta and Las Vegas!  Please submit the proposal form online or fax to 888-372-6061 or email your completed proposal form topd@accutrain.com.  The deadline for program proposals is February 28, 2016.

Presenters are required to register for the conference – discounts apply for on-time registrations. Additional information is available on the registration form or you may call us at 800-251-6805.


The School Discipline Conference is part of the Innovative Schools Summit in Atlanta and Las Vegas.  School Discipline Conference attendees enjoy access to all Summit keynote presenters and breakout sessions on a space-available basis.

June 19-22, 2016
June 28-July 1, 2016
School Discipline Conference School Discipline Conference
Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference
Innovative Teaching Strategies
Wired Differently Conference
Innovative Counseling Strategies
NextGen School Safety Conference


The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta will be held June 19-22 at the beautiful Marriott Marquis, one of the premiere hotels in downtown Atlanta. Conveniently located in Peachtree Center, indoor MARTA access offers guests direct access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  This magnificent hotel is close to the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and the College Football Hall of Fame. The breathtaking 52-story atrium is marked by the 50-foot color changing sail of Pulse, a cool cocktail lounge and symbol of this hotel.  Enjoy the onsite Starbucks and stay fit in the 24-hour Fitness Center.  The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta will feature:

  • The Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference
  • The School Discipline Conference
  • The Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference
  • The Innovative Counseling Strategies Conference.

Take advantage of the Marriott Marquis discounted room rate of $149/nightwhen you book by May 23rd.  If you wish to reserve by phone, please call 866-469-5475.  The name of the group is 2016 Innovative Schools Summit.

The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Las Vegas will convene at Caesars Palace, the iconic Las Vegas luxury hotel that sets the standard for opulent details and impeccable service. This classic, Roman-themed casino hotel is on the west side of the Strip between the Bellagio and the Mirage.  Perks include a coliseum-inspired performance venue with headliner entertainment, multiple pools, upscale shopping, a fountain show, nightclubs, a spa and a gym.  The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Las Vegas will feature:

  • The Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference
  • The School Discipline Conference
  • The Wired Differently Conference
  • The NextGen School Safety Conference

A limited number of Caesars Palace rooms are available at a discounted rate ($129 June 27-30; $279 July 1-2 single/double). Guests who prefer to phone in their reservations may call 866-227-5944 (there is a $15 phone reservation processing fee).  There is no fee to use the weblink.  The name of the group is 2016 Innovative Schools Summit.


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