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Reaching Today's Students

Reaching Today's Students strives to fulfill the promise that all children and teachers can succeed.

In Reaching Today's Students, teachers begin by exploring the motives and dynamics surrounding misbehavior and the desire to learn. They learn how prevailing assumptions and practices within the four worlds of socialization - school, family, work, and friends - actually reinforce misbehavior while interfering with learning.

Before launching into strategies and techniques for dealing with conflict, teachers first learn how to create a Community Circle of Caring - a healthy and positive environment that meets children's four basic needs: connection, competence, self-control, and contribution. By building this foundation, teachers can reclaim youth and prevent conflict before it occurs. For example, teachers learn:

  • How to build relationships with resistant students (connection);
  • How to use instructional strategies that produce positive student behavior (competence and contribution); and
  • How to instill a sense of responsibility in children (self-control).

Meanwhile, teachers and administrators briefly examine their beliefs, attitudes, and skills about instruction and behavior management, considering their traditional responses to discover various new alternatives to conflict situations. They also learn how to decode student behavior in light of the four basic needs model.

The course then describes specific interventions, strategies, and techniques to avoid and to defuse potential conflict situations. The course presents these strategies along a continuum of intensity. For example: "low-key" responses can prevent power struggles from escalating; "unconventional" interventions can be effective when "low-key" responses do not work; and "interventions of last resort" help to bring a situation under control safely. This part of the course concludes with promising strategies for resolving conflict and for drawing troubled students back into the Community Circle of Caring.

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Important Information

Online 3-graduate credit courses are 13 weeks in length.

On-site weekend courses are held Friday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8:30am-5:30pm.

Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:00am- 6:00pm.

It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district, or school to ensure that all requirements are being met by the course you're taking.  

Check the Partner Universities page for specific university information as well as course numbers which are specific to the university partner. 

Students are required to purchase their own textbook, the information for which can be found here. If no book is required it will be specified on the list. We have copies of many of the textbooks should you wish to purchase directly from TEI. 

Professional development (PD) participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face to face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes. These certificates are mailed within one week of the end of the class and reflect the course title, dates of attendance, and credit hour information. 

Student Academic Integrity
Participants guarantee that all academic class work is original. Any academic dishonesty or plagiarism (to take ideas, writings, etc. from another and offer them as one's own), is a violation of student academic behavior standards as outlined by our partnering colleges and universities and is subject to academic disciplinary action.