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This help page is designed to provide K-12 educators with specific strategies to turnaround student behavior problems, social skills issues, and emotional challenges. 

If you need more extensive help, we have a huge website with thousands of resources. A fast solution is to check out our online workshops that cover disruptive students, apathy, at-risk kids, working with failing students, and much more. All our distance classes offer educators clock hours and college credit options. We also can assist you with live in-person workshops, posters, books and ebooks. You can always reach the trainers, experts, and consultants at Youth Change Workshops at 1.800.545.5736 or email us.

The Classroom Management Forum is an interactive resource that is provided as a free professional development service to K-12 educators. Youth Change wrote the book on problem students, and we teach the class. When you think of problem students, think of us.





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Date: 2012-03-21 2:51:06 Name: Phoenix S. Subject: Defiant Students Job Title: Middle School Teacher Number: 422

I am ready to almost quit. I have 4 or 5 defiant middle schoolers who won't do anything I ask. What can you suggest that can help now?

Good timing. We just posted an online class called Control the Uncontrollable Student. We are featuring the class in our current issue of our monthly Problem Student Problem-Solver magazine. The issue is entitled Most of What You Know About Violent Students is Wrong. The article explains why nothing is working to rein in your most acting-out students. This one hour class can be considered a crash course to help you get your unmanageable students back in line. Normally, the online class is $39 but it is free right now during 2012 if you access it from the Problem Student Problem-Solver magazine. To access dozens of free staff development articles explaining how to best control uncontrollable youngsters, click here. Now you have a one hour course and dozens of articles to guide you. Hope this helps.


Date: 2012-03-21 11:00:09 Name: Verna Lewey Subject: Classroom Management Job Title: Principal Number: 461

Very confused about what you teach about conduct disorders. This is new information for me because I'm an educator. Had a staff attend a webinar of yours that seemed to have compelling ideas. Where can I quickly find the same information?

The quickest way to get similar information is from our online classes, or our book, ebook, audio book on the subject. Control the Uncontrollable Student Online Class is one hour, and gives the most critical basic information about managing conduct disordered students. This might be very similar to the webinar that your staff member attended. We have a three hour version of that class but instead of being a video, it is offered as an ebook and audio book. This option offers very thorough information. It is called All the Best Answers for Conduct Disorders 3 Hour Class. You can also simply purchase the All the Best Answers for Conduct Disorders as a paperback book, as an ebook, or as an audio book; click here for more information. If you need more help, call 800.545.5736 or email us. We would be happy to assist you.


Date: 2012-02-17 1:20:09 Name: Arnetta S. Subject: Posters Job Title: School Secretary Number: 452

I was told to get some of your posters but you've got nearly 300. I don't know where to start. We were looking for posters on dress code problems, motivation problems, and some of the staff liked the posters they saw in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies that were from your company. Are those posters for sale to educators and schools or were they made especially for the movie?

Our posters can be accessed by topic. So, you just have to click on the topic that fits. For the dress code problems, look at Posters 194-206. We have dozens of motivational posters for elementary, middle and high schools. You don't mention what grades you have at your school, but any educator should be able find something that fits no matter how old the  students are. Find motivational posters here. The school, classroom, and hallway posters that your faculty members saw in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies existed long before the movie did. The posters were already on educators' walls before they ever debuted on the walls of a movie set. I'm glad your staff like them. We get lots of requests for the posters from the movies and have a special page set up with all those posters in one place so you can easily order. We charge a flat $8 shipping fee so no matter how many posters you decide to order, the charge stays $8. Hope this helps.


Date: 2012-02-13 1:22:01 Name: Jaime Pordner Subject: School Violence Professional Development Resources Job Title: Teacher Number: 448

I'm the head of our professional development committee and I'm trying to find some practical resources for helping our staff become more knowledgeable about preventing school violence, like a school shooting or something similar. I should tell you that we have no budget, which is sort of sad but it is what it is. I guess other schools are cobbling together professional development resources too. At any rate, what resources do you have that staff could read or watch? Maybe when we have a professional development budget again, we can offer more but this is what I have to work with right now. It's pretty hard but I have to figure something out anyway. I'm a science teacher so I am way out of my element anyway.

I will give you links to a free resource, and also an extremely low cost resource. If those don't work for you, get back in touch and we will see what we can figure out for you. We occasionally make donations. To access our free professional development articles on school safety and violence prevention, click here. Staff can read these how-to educational articles on their own, or you could discuss them as a group. I must say though that for such an important issue as violence prevention, having an expert on the topic come in, would really be much better, but I'm sure you're well aware of that. We do keep our professional development training fees low but I understand that you have absolutely no budget. It is just scary that you are going without the guidance you need. Here is a bit better option: Click here to read about our $39 online class called Control the Uncontrollable Student. That class is an affordable option that really condenses down the most important violence prevention and school safety information into one brief professional development class that staff can watch together or individually. It includes a workbook of free posters, free worksheets, and other resources– so you get a lot for the modest amount of money spent. I don't want to sound like I am saying that these free and low cost resources are a substitute for the professional development information you need offered by a live person who can work with your team, but it is better than doing nothing. I agree with you. It is terribly sad– and scary– that budget constraints leave safety concerns not addressed in a manner that is more reliable, and thorough. If you see some other way we can help, be sure to get back in touch.


Date: 2012-02-10 2:34:11 Name: AH Subject: Quick Question on Motivating Unmotivated Students Job Title: High School Teacher Number: 445

Just trying to find some innovative motivational methods somewhere. Can you help? My students are unbelievably apathetic all the time.

We think that we have the world's largest supply of innovative motivational strategies for any age student, not just high school students. Here are a two links to get you started. We have dozens of free articles packed with classroom management strategies that motivate, motivate, motivate. Click here for our one hour Maximum-Strength Motivation-Makers online class that comes with a free workbook of motivational worksheets and posters. It also includes one professional development clock hour. There are thousands more motivational strategies throughout the site and in our books and on our posters as well.


Date: 2012-02-04 3:33:11 Name: N. Bergstrom Subject: Workshops, Seminars Online, PD On-Site, etc. Job Title: School District Professional Development Director Number: 442

Do you ever have live webinars, not just online classes? We have budget problems and are considering trying that to save money. I don't see anything on your website about it.

Yes, we can arrange a live webinar for your district. We can ever provide the hosting software so all you need to have is a large computer monitor screen and a phone that you can amplify. It is a budget-friendly option but we often surprise people with how reasonable our fee is for on-site training that is live not just on a screen. Please call me at 1.800.545.5736 to get the details. To see a list of our topics for your on-site workshop or webinar, click here. All our topics can be scheduled for on-site professional development presentations for your entire district, or set up to be offered as webinars. For both on-site workshops and webinars, you can have any number of people participate. You are also welcome to invite staff from other districts and agencies to attend too.


Date: 2012-02-02 3:33:11 Name: Emalene Rhinaldy Subject: Theory and Research Job Title: Teacher Number: 441

I don't see the answer to my question anywhere on your site. What is the theory or point behind your methods? Any research or stats? I need research-based data for any professional development we consider doing.

We have what you need. Click here for the theoretical background behind our approaches. That link will also provide information on the data and research information that you need.


Date: 2012-01-21 1:51:09 Name: Hannah Jarvis Subject: Online Professional Development Workshops Job Title: Charter School Principal and Lead Teacher Number: 434

I am confused by what you mean by online classes. Are they videos or webinars or what exactly? Can you please explain how they work. Love the site. It's got the best educator professional development resources of any place on the web. Thanks so much!

The new terms for all the new distance training options are confusing. An online class is delivered completely online, and is pretty much the same thing as watching any video on YouTube or anywhere online. Our online workshops normally work on desktop computers, laptops, and most mobile devices. That means you can watch the class almost anywhere anytime so long as you have an internet connection. The link to the classes can be saved so you can watch the course again in the future. A webinar is a live event that looks similar to a video but is presented live to actual online participants. A webinar that is recorded and watched later is an online class. Distance learning is a global term that encompasses online classes, webinars, and other formats like DVD or CD.Glad you like the website. Our distance professional development options are every bit as good as the website.


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