Developmental Designs for Middle School 2



Four Day Professional Development

Developmental Designs practices and strategies create equitable, trauma-informed classrooms. Research shows that engagement in school begins to drop after 5th grade and continues through high school. By the time they leave high school, 50% of students are either disengaged or actively disengaged. (Gallup, 2015) 

Developmental Designs 2 practices are created to engage students in classrooms in three vital ways:

► TEACHING SELF-Direction and Self-control

During this in-depth workshop, you will learn:

  • Practical ways to build community and strengthen academics simultaneously
  • Teaching the skill and habit of students planning and reflecting on their work quality
  • Ways to provide students multiple structures to solve their problems
  • Prevention of misbehavior through agreed-upon and practiced protocols
  • Pacing a class period for maximum attention and retention
  • Structures for teaching content that maximizes engagement
  • Using 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
  • Strategies for introducing materials and equipment to heighten student interest/skills


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

Jun 15-18, 2020 in St Paul, MN (see map)
Community of Peace Academy
Jun 22-25, 2020 in East Greenwich, RI (see map)
Rocky Hill Country Day School
Jun 29, 2020-Jul 2, 2020 in Cambridge, MA (see map)
Rindge Avenue Upper School
Jun 29, 2020-Jul 2, 2020 in Brattleboro, VT (see map)
Brattleboro Union High School
Jul 13-16, 2020 in Essex Junction, VT (see map)
Essex Middle School
Jul 20-23, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA (see map)
The Philadelphia School
Jul 27-30, 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA (see map)
Pittsburgh Urban Christian School
Aug 3-6, 2020 in Keene, NH (see map)
Keene Middle School
Aug 10-13, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN (see map)
Olson Middle School
Aug 10-12, 2020 in Chicago, IL (see map)
Shields 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.