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Tough Love Meets Zero Tolerance: Transforming Toughness to Resilience in a Canadian Urban School

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Webinar Preview:

Click to view a preview of “Tough Love Meets Zero Tolerance” Webinar with Dave Derpak & Chris Parker.

Webinar Video Playlist:

Please click here to view videos shown during the webinar on improving school climate.

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What You Will Learn

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This engaging 90-minute webinar will reveal the tactics used to create a positive and respectful climate in a large inner-city high school.  Presenters Dave Derpak and Chris Parker serve as Principal and Vice Principal of Killarney Secondary School, with more than 2100 students on Vancouver’s east side.

You will gain insights that can help you create a more positive learning atmosphere in your own school – urban or otherwise.  This presentation will be filled with “how-tos” and real-life examples of success.  It will examine active and systemic supervision with a unique twist called “platooning.”   Derpak and Parker will share a toolbox of ideas that you and your team can implement to create a safe environment that promotes positive actions and uses compassion to repel negative behavior such as bullying.

In the two years since Derpak became principal at Killarney Secondary, suspensions are down 30%, absenteeism has been reduced by 30% and tardiness has been cut by 40%.  Named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals and recently featured on the front page of one of Canada’s largest newspapers, Derpak was able to reduce absenteeism and tardiness by more than 50% at his previous school — Vancouver Technical.

Killarney Secondary’s leadership team places a heavy emphasis on tardiness and truancy because these measures have been strongly linked to lower academic performance, reduced earning power and increased legal interactions.  USA Today recently reported that approximately 7.5 million North American students miss a month or more of school each year.  “The new findings … note that urban schools often have as many as one-third of students chronically absent.”

This webinar will explain the data-driven approach that Derpak and Parker have employed to decrease tardiness and truancy., and other key school climate indicators like suspensions and vandalism.  Attendees of this webinar will leave with a bundle of “nuts-and-bolts” strategies that can be quickly implemented to help educators become instruments of positive change and to create a learning-focused environment.

Learning Objectives:

In this webinar you will learn:

  • What data you can examine to establish measures of school climate
  • How to apply real-life actions to influence school climate
  • Helpful steps for balancing a caring approach with zero-tolerance policies
  • Ways to maximize time and action to improve attendance and overall conduct
  • The “Platooning” approach to effective supervision
  • How to decrease school suspensions by 30% or more

This webinar will provide handouts and activities to assist you as you process your learning.  These activities will help you make a plan to try these new practices with your students.
Webinar Highlights:

  • Identifying data sources for key school climate indicators
  • Using passion to reset expectations
  • “Incentivizing” desired outcomes
  • Employing technology to reduce vandalism
  • Understanding the connection between tardiness, truancy and learning deficits
  • Using tested strategies for reducing violence in your school and creating a safer learning environment
  • Building upon success for continual improvement
  • Tapping into social media and utilizing other creative communication paths

You Will Also Receive

The $49 registration fee includes a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation that will accompany the live presentation. This will be emailed to each registrant via the email address provided at registration.

Benefits from Taking this Webinar
  • Valuable Information – From a nationally known speaker with a reputation for providing insightful and useful information.
  • Inexpensive – Eliminate travel arrangements and travel expenses that you would ordinarily need to expend to attend a professional seminar such as this one.
  • Efficient – No need to spend time arranging for and traveling to this seminar
  • Access PowerPoint™ Visuals – as Davd Derpak and Chris Parker progresses through the seminar. A copy of the PowerPoint™ presentation slides will be available to you upon registration.
  • Reproducibles – Handouts and worksheets will be available to you, upon registration.
  • C.E. Contact Hours – Contact hours are available NBCC and ASWB:

    ASWB (#1053): Developmental Resources Inc. is approved as a provider for social work continuing education in participating states by the Association of Social Work Boards through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Developmental Resources Inc. maintains responsibility for this program.

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Potential Funding

Research-based, outcome-based continuing education opportunities from Developmental Resources may qualify for funding under Title 1 Part A Targeted Assistance Program Grants; Title II Part A Improving Teacher Quality Grants; Perkins Professional Technical Education Grants as well as other federal, state and local sources. Requirements vary from state to state. Contact your local administrator.

About the Presenters

Dave is in his 13th year as principal and has spent more than 20 years as an educator. He is currently Principal at Killarney Secondary — the largest high school in Vancouver with more than 2100 students and 167 staff. Dave has a firm belief based on experience and detailed research that “school climate” and “caring” will impact the learning environment in any school.  Publications include articles inPrincipal Leadership,  Educational Leadership, Admifo, Middle Ground and MYABC. Dave has just been invited by the People’s Republic of China to tour schools in the fall of 2012 to make presentations on current educational practices. He has presented at numerous schools in both Canada and the United States.  Articles about his work have been published inCanadian Living and the Globe and Mail(national newspaper in Canada). In 2010, Dave was named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals. In addition Dave was awarded an Eagle Feather for his work with Aboriginal students in Inner City Vancouver.

Chris Parker is in his seventh year as a vice-principal and 15th year as an educator. He has served as a teacher of both low-performing alternative education students as well as International Baccalaureate students and found great commonality in how to approach them. He has received provincial funding for research on differentiated instruction and its impact on standardized testing results.


DR Offers Onsite Professional Development at Your School or District

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Bring Developmental Resources Professional Development Events to Your School or District

Interactive and Strategy-Packed Presentations to Help Educators Work Successfully with Challenging Students

Helping Educators Help Challenging Students

For nearly 25 years, Developmental Resources has provided continuing education events to help educators work effectively with challenging students. These professional development events help drive academic success and have been acclaimed for their informative, practical content and knowledgeable, engaging presenters.  Intensive multi-day Developmental Resources conferences – such as the National Conference on Girl Bullying and Relational Aggression, the National Conference on School Discipline, the National Conference on Innovative Counseling Skills and Strategies and the National Conference on Students Who Are Wired Differently – offer
attendees an opportunity to benefit from the perspectives of both internationally recognized experts and innovative practitioners.

One-day Developmental Resources seminars – such as Mean Girls (Girl Bullying), Wired Differently (Students with Emotional Disorders), Self-Regulation and Difficult Students – provide a concentrated opportunity to gain knowledge and practical ideas from an insightful presenter with expertise in the field.

Live and recorded Developmental Resources 90-minute webinars enable attendees to access – from their own desktop or workplace – how-to training from specialists on a variety of topics ranging from bullying to current
education legal issues to self-injury.

Workshops and Other Presentations

Developmental Resources presenters are available to provide tailored workshops, one-day and two-day events on
a variety of topics including:

• Common Core Challenges
• Bullying/Cyberbullying
• Working with Drama Kings & Drama Queens
• Intra-Racial Bullying
• Relational Aggression
• Classroom Success for the Spectrum: Autism & Asperger’s
• Career Guidance Strategies
• Effective Leadership Skills for Students
• Brain Research
• Child/Adolescent Social-Emotional Issues
• Spectrum Disorders in the Classroom
• Teaching Students in Poverty
• Impulse Control Skills & Strategies
• School Safety/Violence Prevention
• School Crisis Intervention
• Dealing with Challenging Behavior
• Anger Management Skills
• Grief & Loss in Children/Adolescents
• Teaching Social Skills to Students
• Anxiety in Young People
• Self-Injury
• Suicide Prevention

Contact us at or call 800-775-9674 for more information or to schedule one-hour, half-day, one-day or two-day training options.

One-Day Seminars

Mean Girls: What Educators Can Do to Address & Prevent Female Bullying, Cyberbullying & Relational Aggression – This information-packed seminar presents research-based insights, with a focus on current best practices and an eye toward the latest cyber trends. Learn how to instill social/emotional connections and take practical steps to empower positive change with aggressors, victims and bystanders.

Wired Differently: 5 Keys to Working with Students with “Acting Out” & “Acting In” Disorders – With up to 20% of students diagnosable with a mental, emotional or behavioral health issues, this seminar helps teachers, counselors and other professionals understand how to support and teach this high-potential portion of the student population.

Self-Regulation: Teaching Impulse Control to Students with Social-Emotional & Behavioral Issues – This practical seminar will help educators implement strategies for improving self-regulation in students, thereby enhancing social/emotional skills and promoting academic performance. An emphasis is placed on monitoring and reporting measurable outcomes.

Difficult Students: How to Unlock Their Potential (and Survive the Process) – This one-day event helps educators achieve academic success by using Responsibility-Centered Discipline principles to work successfully with defiant, manipulative, apathetic and attentionseekingstudents. Administrators and teachers learn a five-step process that will transform interactions with students.

Mean Boys: Research-Based Insights & Innovative Strategies for Preventing Bullying & Helping Troubled Boys – Today’s bullies and other troubled boys often need focused, supportive interventions that reach them in their own gender-affected world. This researchbased seminar will help educators understand what makes boys tick and provide tips and strategies for working with individuals and groups.

Success on the Spectrum: Helping Students with Autism & Asperger’s Thrive & Succeed in the Inclusive Classroom – This one-day seminar provides educators with a multitude of strategies to support the successful inclusion of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Emphasis is placed on using research-based strategies including Applied Behavior Analysis.

Drama Kings & Drama Queens: Insights & Strategies for Working with Chronically Drama-Stirring Students (and Those They Hook) – Drama-stirring and hyper-reactive students can prove quite challenging for professional educators. This insightful seminar identifies common drama-stirring tactics and provides strategies for helping hyper-reactive students learn more effective social and emotional behaviors.

Responsibility-Centered Discipline

rcd_coverResponsibility-Centered Discipline is based on six core concepts that work together to develop responsible students. Most schools fail to get lasting change in student behavior because students do not feel responsible for their actions. The RCD Process incorporates an ongoing model and practical tools like “Give ‘em Five” guided conversations and the “Response-Ability Process” to support full integration in a school or district. Training is conducted by Certified RCD Trainers and is broken into two separate sessions – one day for Basic Skills and one day for Advanced Skills. Some schools choose to begin the implementation process with an independent Basic Skills session. In each session, participants receive a comprehensive workbook which is designed to enhance training and increase retention. The training is dynamic and attendees are actively engaged in exploring strategies as they are presented. RCD schools typically see office referrals dramatically reduced and academic results significantly improved as students begin taking responsibility for their own behavior and success. For more information, contact AccuTrain 800-775-9674.


Webinar Opportunities

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Professional Development Webinars

If you were not able to join us for any of our spring/summer multi-day conferences but still need professional development hours, make sure to bookmark our webinars page to keep an eye on our 90-minute webinar schedule for the Fall of 2012. Developmental Resources offers 90-minute webinars which enable attendees to access live how-to training from experts on a variety of topics ranging from bullying to self-injury to cybersafety to manipulative students. Recorded webinars are also available.

Upcoming Webinar Topics

Please check back often. Plans are underway for webinars on topics such as:

  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Schools vs. Legal Responsibility
  • Brain Research
  • SMART Guidance
  • Sexting & Texting

Click to view an excerpt of a previous webinar with Richard Guerry on the topic of Cyber Kids, Cyber Dangers.

Our webinars are conducted via WebEx which makes it possible for the presenter to be visible by attendees while also sharing content via a PowerPoint® presentation or another means of media. The WebEx chat function is a great feature that makes it possible for attendees to submit questions to the presenter, which are usually addressed during the final 15 minutes of the webinar. Handout materials are typically provided to attendees prior to the webinar to make it easy to follow along with the speaker.

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