Practical Strategies for Helping Your At-Risk and Struggling Students Develop Greater Motivation, Responsibility and Self-Discipline (Grades K-8)

by | Oct 5, 2013 | Articles

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Bureau of Education & Research

  • Proven, workable strategies for helping your at-risk and struggling students learn more, behave more responsibly, and be more engaged in learning
  • Practical strategies for increasing your effectiveness with difficult-to-reach students
  • Proven techniques and methods for reducing discipline problems with at-risk students
  • Receive an extensive resource handbook


How can you help your at-risk students learn more, behave better, be more engaged in their learning, and develop greater responsibility? This seminar has been designed to answer these questions in highly practical terms. It will help you work smarter, not harder while assisting your students in being more successful in your classroom. While ALL your students will benefit from the highly useful strategies shared in this seminar, hard-to-reach students who have had difficulties in succeeding will especially benefit. Internationally recognized educator, author and presenter Dr. Michele Borba will share practical, proven, workable strategies you can immediately implement in your own classroom program.

You will leave the seminar with many practical and innovative ideas, methods and strategies, all ready for immediate implementation.


  1. Instilling Self-Discipline and a Sense of Responsibility: Your at-risk students need support if they are going to become more self-disciplined and responsible . . . Help them want to change with outstanding strategies and ideas proven to work with at-risk youth
  2. Developing Emotional Intelligence: Most at-risk youth have problems managing their emotions, moods and impulses . . . Learn how you can reduce discipline problems by teaching them ways to develop self-control.
  3. Building on Your Students’ Strengths and Multiple Intelligences: The problems of at-risk students are often obvious, but what about their strengths? Learn realistic strategies to help your at-risk students identify and use their strengths to improve both academically and socially
  4. Creating Hope in Discouraged Learners: If students believe they cannot succeed, they won’t try, and the resulting failure will confirm what they believed all along . . . Classroom proven strategies for helping students break out of this cycle of discouragement to find success
  5. Helping Your At-Risk Students Set Realistic Goals: Practical techniques and ideas to help your at-risk students set attainable goals . . . and meet them!
  6. Making Success-Promoting Decisions: Ensure that your students see the relationship between the choices they make and the consequences they earn . . . The key steps to helping your at-risk students develop the ability to make decisions that promote success
  7. Changing Misbehavior to Appropriate Behavior: Replacing misbehavior with more appropriate behavior . . . Outstanding strategies you can use immediately
  8. Creating Resiliency in At-Risk Students: Some students perform well even though they have the same environmental conditions as their at-risk peers . . . The latest findings that will help your at-risk students perform to the best of their ability
  9. Enhancing Self Control and Anger Management: Practical strategies and activities to help students find success in school and life by learning to control their anger and by learning self control
  10. Tying It All Together: Dozens of practical, instant strategies and ideas for developing motivation, responsible behavior and self-discipline . . . all proven successful in K-8 classrooms and schools (Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook)


  • How to help your at-risk students become more responsible for their own learning
  • Effective strategies for teaching pro-social attitudes and skills to at-risk students in ways they will accept and incorporate in their lives
  • Proven teaching strategies that work best with at-risk students
  • Ideas for encouraging self-motivation and ways to help your students develop greater self-control
  • Practical strategies for helping your at-risk students learn in the multiple intelligence that produces the best results for them
  • Innovative ideas for breaking the cycle of discouragement in your at-risk students
  • How to create learning environments that encourage your at-risk students to be more engaged in their learning
  • The key disciplinary techniques that are most successful with at-risk students
  • Steps for increasing your students’ self-respect and instilling pro-social behavior towards others
  • Classroom management strategies and contract resolution ideas that specifically support your at-risk students
  • Help your students develop the crucial problem solving, decision making and goal setting skills that correlate with success in school and in life
  • Teach your students to develop greater perseverance with challenging problems and assignments
  • Ways to prevent discipline problems before they escalate
  • Techniques that actually change student behavior – positively and long-lasting
  • Techniques for building stronger connections with at-risk students
  • Ideas for helping at-risk students form more positive personal connections with you, other students, and your school
  • Techniques that best motivate at-risk students and help them learn critical success habits
  • Setting up the optimal learning environment for struggling and at-risk students to succeed


Dr. Colleague,

Today, more than ever, increasing numbers of our students are not succeeding in school as well as in life. Far too many students exhibit many of the commonly associated “at-risk” behaviors of discouragement, lack of personal responsibility, low self-pride, and low motivation for learning. These behaviors frequently become a source of frustration, failure and fatigue for both students and teachers. Never has teaching been so frustrating . . . but then never has there been a time when you are more needed.

There is good news: we can make a difference in the lives of our students. New research in the field of education and psychology has created an explosion of knowledge about how to help our students succeed. The implications of this research for classroom practice are profound. We can impact our students not only now but for the rest of their lives. The methods we’ll be discussing are proven to be the methods that matter most to help students be successful in school – and in life.

In this seminar I will be sharing with you what really does work. The primary focus of our time together will be on the practical implications of this information. Which methods will make the most difference for our students? You’ll learn how to work more effectively and how to make the most out of your limited teaching time, and the best news of all – these strategies are proven . . . they work!

During the seminar I will share with you ideas, strategies and techniques that can assist you in improving your struggling and at-risk students’ achievement, behavior, motivation and responsibility. I guarantee you’ll leave the session with dozens of practical ideas, tips and methods you can use tomorrow. I look forward to our day together.

Michele Borba, Ed.D.

P.S. If you’re looking for practical ideas, this seminar was designed for you.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: K-8 Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Reading Specialists, Title I Staff Members, Counselors, Staff Members in programs for At-Risk Students, and Administrators.


Extensive Resource Handbook: Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar, including:

  • Samples of the techniques demonstrated
  • Resource materials to help you implement these strategies with your own students
  • Ready-to-duplicate activities for immediate classroom use
  • Descriptions of dozens of practical strategies to enhance student success
  • An extensive annotated bibliography of current practical tips and techniques for helping you work smarter, not harder

Consultation Available: Dr. Michele Borba will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding the unique needs of your own classroom program.

Meet and Share: This is a great opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators.

Semester Credit Option: One graduate elective credit is available with an additional fee, except in Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin where credit is only available through a separate, independent study enrollment. Details for direct enrollment with Chapman University (California) will be available at the seminar. Follow-up practicum projects require a minimum of fifteen hours.

Meet Inservice Requirements: At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that can be used to verify the hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

Program Guarantee: Bureau of Education & Research stands behind the high quality of their programs by providing the following unconditional guarantee: If you are not satisfied with this program, we’ll give you a 100% refund of your registration fee.