You are invited to participate in a free webinar on Motivating Reluctant Learners, designed primarily for teachers, principals and administrators who seek to increase engagement among high school students across a variety of subject areas. To register, simply enter your information at the bottom of this page. Participants will leave the webinar having identified short-term steps they can take immediately, next week, and next month.

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Motivating Reluctant Learners Webinar

Thursday, September 12, 2013 2:30 PM Eastern 1:30 PM Central 12:30 PM Mountain 11:30 AM Pacific

In Motivating Reluctant Learners, participants will discover new ideas for engaging students in their academic journey. We will discuss the importance of intrinsic motivation on academic achievement for at-risk students and explore simple and effective ways to help students develop a growth mindset. We will also share examples of how to motivate students by finding the adventure in learning, promoting choice and control within the classroom, leveraging newer technologies, and setting their own goals for learning and achieving.

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Expert Presenters

Eric Toshalis

Eric Toshalis has served as a public middle and high school teacher, mentor teacher, teacher educator, community activist, curriculum writer, researcher, and author over the last 20 years in California, Massachusetts, and Oregon. Recognized as Teacher of the Year by his school district in Santa Barbara County in 1997 and awarded the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching by Harvard College in 2002, he has long focused on the challenges and triumphs of teaching in public secondary classrooms. Toshalis completed his doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2007, and then served as Assistant Professor of Secondary Education at CSU Channel Islands from 2007 to 2011. He received his B.A., teaching credential, and M.Ed. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his master's of theological studies from Harvard Divinity School. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he directs the Summer Middle Level/High School M.A.T. Program and teaches courses on adolescent development and classroom management. In addition to his published peer-reviewed articles and chapters in edited volumes, Dr. Toshalis is the co-author, with Michael J. Nakkula, of Understanding Youth: Adolescent Development for Educators (Harvard Education Press, 2006). His forthcoming book, Make Me: Understanding and Engaging Student Resistance in the Classroom, will be published by the Harvard Education Press in early 2015.

Michael J. Nakkula, Ed.D.

Michael J. Nakkula, is a practice professor and chair of the Division of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. He teaches courses on adolescent development and the intersection of counseling, mentoring, and education within urban public schools. He is the lead author of Building Healthy Communities for Positive Youth Development (Springer 2010).


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