Event Details

Responsibility-Centered Discipline: Becoming a Master of Challenging Moments - VIRTUAL EDITION! Led by Brian Dinkins

  • 09 Aug 2021
  • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • This is a virtual event! It will be held via Zoom!


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Open to all educators - register by August 5!

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Join us for this VIRTUAL 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 had numerous staff, both veteran and new, say it's the best professional development they've ever received around student behaviors, building relationships, and giving them tools they feel can help keep kids in their classroom more and not have to send them out for help."

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: Virtual in 2021!
This training will be held via Zoom with interactive lecture, group discussion, as well as breakout sessions. 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!)

"This was one of the best trainings I have ever attended."
- Chad Grassel, Assistant Principal at New Heights Elementary, East Grand Forks 

Who can attend?
This training is open to all school leaders and school staff at all levels, pre-kindergarten to high school. Teachers and paras will benefit greatly from this training! You do NOT have to be a MESPA member to attend this training!

Expand your knowledge & attend Part 2!
We will be holding a Part 2 of this training on Friday, December 10! Click here to register!

General information
A workbook is included within the cost of registration. 5.5 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
Brian Dinkins, Ed.S. is the Founder and President of the National Institute for Child Empowerment. He has served as a special education teacher, athletic director, assistant principal and principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels -- participating in the collaborative academic and social/emotional transformation of each school that he has served. Brian serves as an adjunct professor at Marian University while working to complete his doctorate at Ball State University. His diverse educational background, his passion for serving students and his desire to help them in a collaborative manner have uniquely prepared him to be a Master Certified RCD Trainer.

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. We are sorry, but we unable to issue refunds for no-show registrations.

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