Developmental Designs for Middle School 2



Four Day Professional Development

During this in-depth workshop, you will learn:

  • Practical ways to build community and strengthen academics at the same time

  • How to teach students the skill and habit of planning and reflecting on the quality of their work

  • Ways to give students structures to solve their own problems

  • Prevention of misbehavior through agreed-upon and practiced protocols to guide students through the day

  • Pacing a class period for maximum attention and retention

  • Structures for teaching content that maximize engagement

  • How to use an audience of peers to spark interest in learning and deepen understanding

  • Bridging structures that support student endorsement

  • How to teach by learning to plan and playing to learn

  • A structure for introducing materials and equipment that heightens student interest and skill

Prerequisite: Developmental Designs for Middle School

Call 612.822.3422 or email School Services with questions or to schedule for your school.  

Note: The Origins Program reserves the right to cancel workshops and is not liable for any travel-related or other expenses incurred by a registrant or payee due to a canceled workshop.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

Aug 5-8, 2019 in Keene, NH (see map)
Keene Middle School

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What to Expect

For experienced and new educators alike, this will be a week of professional and personal growth. Throughout the week, you'll find:

  • Affirmation - of the good practices you are already using
  • Solutions- for turning past classroom problems into future successes
  • Camaraderie-with fellow educators as you share ideas, get support for your challenges, and feel the power of community membership
  • An immersion experience-facilitators just don't talk about positive strategies; they model them. After you see the modeling, you'll have the chances during the week to practice the strategies yourself.

All Origins workshops are highly interactive, providing many opportunities for you to talk with other educators and ask your most compelling questions to workshop facilitators.  You will be seated in a circle during presentations.

Workshop schedule

Most workshops begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. 

Lunch arrangements for on-site workshops will be subject to the school agreement.

Certificate of attendance

You will receive a 28-hour certificate of attendance for participation in the entire workshop.


After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with more detailed information and the schedule for the workshop.



All our facilitators are experienced practitioners who know the middle school classroom. All have gone through an extensive and rigorous multi-year certification process. This process ensures that they are well practiced in using the Developmental Designs approach and skillful in teaching it to others. Some facilitators work full-time for The Origins Program, doing professional development work year-round; others are middle school classroom, teachers who use the Developmental Designs approach in their own classrooms. All share with you a commitment to fostering the well-being and academic growth of young adolescents.