Mendler: Rearview Mirrors, Fresh Starts & School Climate

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High-voltage speaker Brian Mendler says it is critical to convey to students that regardless of the past, they are always welcome in your classroom.  He uses this analogy to underline the idea that everyone gets a fresh start and the benefit of the doubt each day:

I like to remind all of my students that there is a reason a car has a large windshield with small rearview and side mirrors.  In life the goal is to go forward.  It is important that we glance back to remember where we came from.  But no matter what happened in our past, we have the option to move ahead. 

Brian is a certified elementary and special education teacher with extensive experience working with challenging students in a variety of settings.  In his training sessions and books, he draws on his own experience as a very disruptive student with severe undiagnosed ADHD and reading difficulties. Brian will deliver a Pre-Conference Session entitled Motivating and Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested and Disruptive Students in Las Vegas, as well as several breakout sessions. 

Click to see a preliminary listing of Summit sessions.


MORNING PRE-CONFERENCES: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Larry Thompson, M.Ed. – Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility: Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Discipline
  • Rick Shaw – Effective Climate Surveys: You Can’t Know What You Don’t Ask
  • Mike Paget, M.Ed. – The PBIS/MTSS Maze: Avoiding Dangerous Pitfalls & Finding the Path to Success


  • Brian Mendler, M.Ed. – Motivating & Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested & Disruptive Students
  • Richard Guerry – Cultivating Positive School Climate with Guidelines & Tools for Digital Abuse Prevention
  • Eric Clark, M.Ed. – 25 Tech Tools Teachers Can Use to Enhance Student Engagement
  • Stephanie Jensen, MS, LPC – Mean Girls: Addressing & Preventing Bullying, Cyberbullying & Relational Aggression

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