Larry Thompson

A Message from Larry Thompson – “Closing Exits of Student Responsibility”

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A message from Larry Thompson:

Watch Larry Thompson discuss gaining classroom control by closing exits of student responsibility.

Larry will deliver a pre-conference session entitled Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility: Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Discipline in Atlanta. 

The At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference focuses on evidence-based programs and strategies that educators can use to prevent dropouts and to help students experience success in school. More than 1.2 million students in the United States and Canada drop out of high school each year (with the percentages skewed toward males, low-income and minority students). Millions more are considered at-risk because they exhibit ongoing disciplinary problems, impulsive behavior, truancy issues and have become frustrated or disengaged. The long-term cost of failing to engage these students is tremendous, since they are much less likely to transition successfully into adulthood and to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Join us in Atlanta to gain valuable insights and to explore practical ways to help this critical portion of your school’s population. REGISTER NOW!


Larry Thompson: “Closing the Exit off the Road to Responsibility”

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School Discipline Conference Keynote Speaker Larry Thompson says students are often looking – consciously or unconsciously – to take the “exit ramp” off the road to responsibility.

Watch Larry Thompson discuss responsibility off-ramps.

Passionate about reforming school discipline and teaching students to “own” their actions, Larry is creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program that is now being implemented in schools throughout North America and author ofRoadmap to Responsibility.

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 Schools


Dr. Randy Sprick
Creator Safe & Civil Schools


Larry Thompson
Supportive Discipline Innovator, Creator Responsibility-Centered Discipline


Chelonnda Seroyer
Award-Winning Teacher, Internationally Known Educational Consultant


Brian Mendler
International Speaker, Author, Expert on Working with Disruptive Students


Baruti Kafele
Award-Winning Urban Principal, School Turnaround Specialist


Dr. Michele Borba
Bestselling Author, Internationally Recognized Educator, Media Commentator


Joe Navarro
Non-Verbal Communication Expert, Best-Selling Author


Jordan Ellenberg
Author of NTY Bestseller How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking


Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Noted author and Commentator on Education, Racial Diversity and Women’s Issues


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


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


TORONTO: November 11-13, 2016

$340 USD
(until 6/30)
$295 USD
(until 6/30)
(Includes: 1 Pre-Conference Session + Early Bird Conference Registration)
Regular Price: $435
(Includes entrance into all general sessions, breakout sessions, exhibits, morning and afternoon refreshments) Regular Price: $395


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
November 11-13, 2016
School Discipline Conference School Discipline Conference NextGen School Safety Conference
Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference School Discipline Conference
Innovative Teaching Strategies
Wired Differently Conference 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 is2016 Innovative Schools Summit.

The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Toronto will convene at the Westin Harbour Castle, which is located on the shores of Lake Ontario – steps away from the Downtown Core via Toronto’s underground covered walkway. Take a walk along the revitalized waterfront, explore Toronto’s theatre and entertainment districts and discover delight in all that Toronto has to offer.  Perks include an indoor pool, fitness studio and spa.  The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Toronto will feature:

• The NextGen School Safety Conference
• The School Discipline Conference
• The Wired Differently Conference

A limited number of rooms are available at The Westin Harbour Castle ($199 sgl/dbl $229 trpl $259 quad). The name of the group is Innovative Schools SummitBook by October 11th!


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  The deadline for program proposals is March 31, 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.


Maintaining Discipline in an Alternative Setting with At-Risk Youth

How to Reach the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach

Chicken Wings and Love: Working with Children from Trauma in Schools

Factors Related to Disproportionate Suspension Rates and Strategies to Mitigate Them

Teach With Passion, Manage With Compassion

At-Risk or Underserved: Focusing on What REALLY Matters in Student Learning

Student Discipline and the Social Media Threat in a Time of Terrorism: How Schools and Police Respond

How to Motivate the Unmotivated: Teaching With Poverty in Mind

Doing Suspension Differently: Lessons Learned from an Out-of-the-Box Approach

Using Process Improvement Guidelines and Reflective Practice to Improve Student Learning and Engagement

Restorative Justice from Concept to Implementation

Power Struggles Unplugged

Less Talking – More Teaching

Behavior is a Symptom…NOT the Problem!

Does Discipline Have to be a FOUR-LETTER Word?

From Rhetoric to Praxis: Increasing Instructional Time Through Effective Classroom Management

Discipline: A Proactive-Teacher-Centered Approach


Creating a Customized and Highly Effective Classroom Management Plan

How to Say No to Drugs: Let Me Count the Ways? The Influence of Random Drug Testing on School Culture and Climate

Learning Gap Gobbling: Teaching Strategies and Reducing Classroom Disruptions

The Suspension Question: What Schools Need to Know About Discipline Options

Chronic Absenteeism: A Tale of States

Discipline Without Stress: How to Handle EVERY Discipline Problem

Drag Them In and Dust Them Off: A Guide to Reducing Exclusionary Consequences that Lead to Truancy

Rewards or Relationships: What’s in Your School?

Into the Heart of Teaching: Fostering an Internal Locus of Control Within Ourselves and Our Students

Follow the Leader & Reduce Discipline! Developing Student Leadership at the Elementary Level

Proactive Choice: A Classroom Discipline Intervention that Fosters Brain Activity, Student Ownership and Positive Relationships

Does Discipline Have to be a FOUR-LETTER Word?

Teach with Passion, Manage with Compassion!

In the News: Bullying + Texting/Facebook

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Two recent suicides by 8th-grade girls in the state of Washington point out the potential deadly combination of bullying and social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.

As with many suicides, the victims’ rationales can be complex, but disturbing messages and online postings on Facebook and Instagram preceded the deaths of Anna Ishikawa and Isabelle Sarkinen.

Meanwhile the parents of Audrie Pott, a California teen who took her own life, after allegedly being raped and humiliated via texted photos, have filed a complaint against her school district – saying educators failed to address earlier bullying (the district denies that they received any reports).  The parents have also taken issue with the school for not expelling the alleged perpetrators, but the school says the incident did not occur on school grounds.  The parents’ attorney has said that the dissemination of at least one photograph did occur at school.

Now in its 7th year, the National Conference on Girl Bullying and Relational Aggression seeks to increase awareness of relational aggression issues among girls and the sometimes far-reaching consequences. Nationally known keynoters and more than 50 breakout presenters will provide tools and strategies to help educators and other professionals prevent and address bullying among girls.

Early registration closes April 30 for the 7th Annual National Conference on Girl Bullying and Relational Aggression.


(Sessions and speakers subject to change. Click to view full descriptions.)

Building Self-Esteem From the Inside Out
Debra Gano – Editor, BYOU “Be Your Own You” magazine
Session Focus: elementary, middle, high, agency, other

Making Parents Allies: Building and Maintaining a Parent Partnership
Stephanie Plain Potter, M.A., M.Ed. – Counselor, Author, Professor
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high, agency, other

Black Girl Blues: An Examination of Intra-Racial Bullying
Carolyn Strong, MAT, M.Ed. – Dean of Students & Julie Burnett, M.Ed., MS – Director of Curriculum
Session Focus: elementary, middle, high, agency

BFF: Be a Friend First
Andrea Bastiani Archibald Ph.D. – Developmental Psychologist, Girl Scouts USA
Session Focus: Middle

Dads Of Great Students (WATCH D.O.G.S.) Engage Men, Inspire Children, Reduce Bullying and Enhance the Educational Environment of Your School
Eric Snow – Executive Director WATCH D.O.G.S.
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

Name It, Claim It, Tame It: Conflict Resolution in the Girl’s World
Susan Lamke MS, PLPC – Senior Manager, Boys Town
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

Prevent Cyberbullying, Sexting, Social Media Issues & More
Richard Guerry, Executive Director, IROC2
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high, agency

Reduce Bullying, Harassment and School Safety Incidents: An Effective Online Reporting & Data Analysis System
Joe Bruzzese, M.A. – Founder, CEO Sprigeo
Session Focus: Middle, high

Ugly: The Story of a Bullied Girl
Kate MacHugh, MSW – Author, Speaker
Session Focus: Middle, high

Safe From Bullies, Saving Lives
Karyn Brownson, MSW – Trainer & Angela Rinaldo, MA – Training Director
Session Focus: Middle, high, agency

Girl Talk: A Group for Adolescent Girls
Rachel Collins, MS – Clinical Therapist
Session Focus: Middle, high, agency, other community agencies

You Don’t Have to be a “Mean Girl”: Helping School Age Girls with Relational Aggression
Felicia Shepherd, M.Ed. – Counseling Consultant
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

From Ugly Girls to Lifelong Friends
Nora Stanger, MS – School Counselor
Session Focus: Middle, high

Girl Bullying Trends and the Intervention Process
Nancy Wilkey – Sergeant, Orange County Sheriff’s Department & Lance Christensen – Deputy/SRO, Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high, agency

Choose Respect: Peer Presentation Programs
Laura Crain – Drug Free and Mentor Program Coordinator & Youth Panel
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

In Her Shoes
Marguerite Ferrara – Assistant Director of Education
Session Focus: Middle

Conflict Resolution in the Girl’s World
Susan Lamke, MS, PLPC – Senior Manager, Boys Town
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

Too Old For the Treasure Box: Using School Wide Positive Interventions and Support to Prevent Bullying at the High School Level
Rebecca Carrier, M.Ed. – Counselor & Tricia Peña Ed.D. – Principal
Session Focus: High

Just Talk About It: Suicide Prevention Toolkit
Missy Wall, LMSW, M.Div. – Director, Teen CONTACT
Session Focus: High

Suit Up! Equipping Young Girls to Defeat Bullying
Josh Drean – Youth Speaker
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

Girl Smarts
Dianna Flett LTC – Girl Smarts Founder
Session Focus: Elementary

Student Leaders: Bullying Prevention/Intervention Project
Corey Layne Psy.D. – School Psychologist
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

Your Daughter Sent What???
Jill Darling – Student Assistance Programs Director
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

Challenges of Dealing With Adolescent Female Aggression
Penelope Martin-Knox Ed.D. – Assistant Superintendent
Session Focus: Middle

Empowering Girls: Working to Better the Lives of Elementary and Secondary Girls in Rural Areas
Michelle Bruno Ph.D, LPC – Associate Professor
Lisa Hinkelman Ph.D, LPC – Executive Director
Session Focus: Elementary, middle

Girls Without Limits
Lisa Hinkelman Ph.D, LPC – Executive Director, Ruling Our Experiences
Lauren Hancock – Program Director, Ruling Our Experiences,
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high, agency

Creative Therapies as in Intervention for Bullying Victims
Jennifer Laffier Ph.D. Candidate – Professor
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high, agency

GLITZ & GLAM: Creating Resilient Girls Through “Girls School”
Georgia Montgomery M.ED. – School Counselor & Pamela Degges M.ED. – School Counselor, Therasa Launer M.ED. – School Counselor
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

Grown vs. Growing Up
Tysha Pittman Ed.S. – Guidance Counselor & La Tonya Johnson, M.A. – Guidance Counselor
Session Focus: Elementary

“Give ’em Five” to Reduce Referrals & Suspensions

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Over the past seven years, Responsibility-Centered Discipline principles have been implemented in schools across North America. These schools have not only consistently reported significant decreases in office referrals, detentions and suspensions – but they have also moved away from an obedience-based model to a model that is based on students taking responsibility for their own behavior and academic success.

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The “Give ‘em Five” guided conversation is an important Responsibility-Centered Discipline tools. Each administrator and teacher is trained to incorporate five themes into their corrective conversations.  These conversations become highly personalized, because educators decide what words they will use and the themes can be addressed in any order. The “Give ‘em Five” themes are:

  • Support
  • Expectation
  • Breakdown
  • Benefit
  • Closure

Once educators learn how to apply these themes to their disciplinary conversations, emotions are eased and both the educator and student can focus on moving forward.

Larry Thompson began wrestling with student discipline issues as a special education teacher and residential facility instructor. Asked to serve as the latest in a long procession of principals at a severely underperforming alternative school, he was forced to find better methods of managing student behavior. Those techniques form the foundation for the Responsibility-Centered Discipline approach to Effective School Discipline. Schools that have implemented these principles have reported up to 90 percent reductions in both office referrals and In-School Suspensions.

To learn more about how the Responsibility-Centered Discipline strategies actually work and how they could impact your school, register now for the Responsibility-Centered Discipline Approach to Effective School Discipline seminar in your area.

“Responsibility-Centered Discipline is the most comprehensive discipline approach in which I have participated in years.  I truly believe that once a teacher has the skills to fully engage the student in supporting positive behaviors, setting clear expectations, breaking down inappropriate behaviors, identifying benefits the students may earn, and closing the discussion with an agreement to move forward, both the teacher and student will develop a strong relationship built on trust and respect.”
John Barlow, Principal
Sunrise Mountain High School

“Implementing these principles has changed our school culture. Our office referrals are down by 50 percent and I am having the best conversations about discipline with students and parents since I became a principal.”
Keith Hall, Principal
Stockton High School

“The steps in this process can be taught to anyone with any skill level. It can be put into practice immediately, and my teachers and staff began using it the very next day.”
Jenifer Anderson, Curriculum Director

Larned School District

“Our school is a different place. When my superintendent came in the building he noticed how different the school culture appeared.”
Stacey Ricker, Principal

Harry Street Elementary School

“These strategies place the student at the heart of every presentation. Those in attendance walk away with practical applications to use immediately in their classrooms.”
Amy Wagoner, Principal

Holy Cross School

“This is one of the few district-wide behavior management programs that I have observed in the past 29 years that actually works.”
Randy Zohn, Psychologist

Hesston High School