Event Details

Responsibility-Centered Discipline: Becoming a Master of Challenging Moments with Students

  • 06 Dec 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • TIES Event Center - 1644 Larpenteur Avenue West, Falcon Heights, MN 55113


  • Open to all educators

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Join us for this 1-day training that will help empower you and your students to transform challenging behaviors in your school!

The Responsibility-Centered Discipline (RCD) model was developed to help schools break free from the traditional "obedience model," to train educators and school leaders how to respond to disruptive and spiraling situations, and to empower students to take responsibility for their own actions. Schools often struggle to achieve lasting change in student behavior because students do not feel responsible for their own actions and, instead, find ways to project the responsibility for their behavior onto others. Often students elect to choose a handy exit off the road to responsibility. This training provides a framework for shifting the burden of ownership back to students -- promoting lasting change and greater learning. RCD provides real skills that school leaders, teachers, and paraprofessionals can start using immediately.

"I attended Larry Thompson's RCD Training in Orlando, FL, and it completely changed by school, discipline strategy, and our test scores increased. Other significant factors that helped achieve these results include a trauma-sensitive schools training and an alternative behavior intervention program. Larry's training was the most practical training that filled my toolbox with tools that actually worked with student discipline. Larry was so good I demanded that he train our entire staff..."
- Chris Trostad, principal at Highland Elementary School, Crookston, MN

Learning objectives
During this training, participants will work to:

  • Identify the underlying causes of difficult behaviors in students
  • Implement do's and don'ts to address specific behaviors
  • Integrate key strategies for migrating from an obedience-centered approach to a responsibility-centered approach
  • Develop innovative ways to support positive behavior
  • Apply strategies for preventing the escalation of difficult behavior

The goal is to move away from punitive punishments and time-based consequences and instead to enable your students to take responsibility and create solutions.. together!

Training format
The day will begin with theory-based insights into the paradigm shift of school discipline: a responsibility-centered model in place of a traditional obedience-based model. We will then discuss insights, strategies, and tips for dealing with challenging behaviors rooted in responsibility-centered practice. In the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to work through examples, practice these new strategies, and discuss ideas for implementation in your building.

Topics covered include:

  • The difference between responsibility-centered vs. obedience-based models
  • Essentials of a successful learning environment
  • Why many school discipline models fail
  • Alternatives to out-of-school suspensions
  • Strategies for dealing with challenging behaviors
  • Becoming a master of challenging moments with students
  • Developing your own self-regulation skills (and helping your staff do the same!)

Who can attend?
This training is open to all school leaders and educators at all school levels, elementary to high school. 

General information
A training workbook is included with registration. The full book, Roadmap to Responsibility, is also available to add to your registration for $17.95 and MESPA will have it for you when you arrive at the training. Lunch is provided. 6 CEUs will be distributed for this workshop.

The RCD Model pairs well with Multi-Tiered Systems!
Programs like PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) and other Multi-Tiered Systems of Support have been implemented in schools across North America in order to increase student achievement. Not only do student discipline issues disrupt the learning environment, but time-based consequences have the unfortunate side effect of removing students who may need the most help from the classroom. A key to success for PBIS, RTI and other MTSS programs is involving all students in the first level of intervention – and RCD is designed to provide consistent and effective disciplinary support at that level. RCD will also support the process as these programs move into more advanced tiers.

About the presenter
Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, and founder of the RCD model, Larry Thompson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands of educators and schools throughout North America break away from their traditional discipline models to a model that creates a responsible climate and responsible students. Larry has served in a wide variety of roles in education – from special education teacher to alternative and traditional high school principal. As creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, Larry understands that systems must be created that can be realistically implemented and sustained. Learn more about Larry at givemfive.com.

This training is provided in partnership with the MN Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA) and Accutrain.

Event Cancellation Policy 

A completed online registration constitutes a bill and a commitment to pay for a full seminar payment. Due to MESPA's incurred costs (i.e. materials, meals, speaking fees, etc.) please know that unfortunately, we are unable to grant refunds within two weeks of the event's start date. Prior to the two-week mark, we are able to issue a refund, less a $50 processing fee.

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Hotel Accommodations

Attending a professional development event in the Twin Cities? Consider booking at the Radisson Hotel in Roseville. For reservations, call 651.636.4567 and ask for the MESPA rate - $113 a night! 

Institute 2019 Accommodations

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