Changing the Conversation with Challenging Students
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Changing the Conversation with Challenging Students

(for Secondary, JC, ITE and Polytechnic Teachers)

We, as educators, know that students need to be prepared with the skills that matter for success in life after secondary school. However, it can be a challenge to build interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies when they are often not considered to be part of our academic priorities or curriculum. This workshop will focus on specific strategies that can be immediately applied to increase students' ownership over their actions and promote students' proactive planning for success. Instead of punishing challenging behavior, learn how to develop a responsible and engaged adolescent. Come with your biggest frustration and leave with strategies that will change the conversation tomorrow.

Participants will:

  • Analyze students' challenging behaviors through an instructional lens.
  • Learn research-based strategies that teach social/emotional skills and increase students' ownership over their actions.
  • Develop a plan for applying research-based techniques in self-efficacy, self-regulation, assertiveness, and conflict management that change the way youth approach challenges.


Target Audience: Secondary School, Junior College, ITE and Polytechnic Educators

About Dr Amy S. Gaumer Erickson


Amy pic 2017Dr Amy S. Gaumer Erickson is an associate research professor at the University of Kansas. She has taught at the middle and high school levels, in urban, suburban, charter and alternative schools. For the past 15 years, her work has focused on the implementation of instructional strategies within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) that enable students with and without disabilities to become college and career ready. To this end, she with her colleague, Pattie Noonan, have published four books, more than 20 peer-reviewed articles, and an integrated framework, all of which translate research results into practical applications.

Dr Gaumer Erickson has provided high-quality professional development to thousands of educators, learning from these educators through a practice-based research approach. As shared by teachers, impacts of Dr Gaumer Erickson's workshops include students taking responsibility for their actions, managing conflicts more effectively, asking for help when they need it, turning in quality work on time, collaborating effectively with others, and proactively planning for their own success. Learn more about Dr Gaumer Erickson and access numerous free resources at


What Our Participants Said About the Workshop...

  • Using positive language to encourage student reflection rather than jumping to a conclusion and teacher-determined consequence. Self-regulation can be taught deliberately in lessons and is very useful for students in the long-term.
  • Speaker gives a very balanced perspective on what is happening in school versus the theoretical aspect. I find the various tools presented to be useful and hopeful to try it out for my school.
  • Using conversation to change students' challenging behaviour and help them to have the skills to thrive in the future.
  • Learnt about some of the resources that can be used to help students identify and also for teachers to use to assist to prioritize the self-awareness of their strength and weaknesses.
  • There are self-regulating strategies which are useful for me and working with the students as well as the engaging activities embedded in the online workshop.
  • Difference between being passive, assertive and aggressive. How we should not (subconsciously) compare students and talk about their intelligence which is innate and we should celebrate their efforts instead.
  • Assertiveness isn't just about expressing what I want, but also about respecting what others want as well.
  • Different instructional strategies, the research basis for each of the competencies.
  • Currently, my school does this in a vacuum (as part of character and citizenship education) rather than conscientiously incorporating in our subject lessons. I'm inspired to try and do this in my subject lessons.


Registration Details

Topic: Changing the Conversation with Challenging Students

Trainer: Dr Amy S. Gaumer Erickson

Dates: 21 - 22 June 2021 (2 half-days)

Time: 8.30 am to 11.30 am on both days

Mode of delivery: via Zoom

Closing date: 28 May 2021 Friday

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Workshop Fee:

S$120.00 per participant. If 2 or more participants from the same school/organization attend the same workshop, the discounted fee will be S$100.00 per participant for that particular workshop. Fees are subject to GST and include all training materials.

Other Information:

Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. No refunds will be made for cancellations or in the case of absentees. The Academy accepts replacements for registered participants who are unable to attend for whatever reasons.

School/Cluster-Based Workshop Registration

If your school or cluster is keen to conduct this as an in-house programme, please contact Joseph Loy by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or tel: 6363 0330 on the cost of conducting the workshop.