Responding to Rule Breaking



One Day Professional Development

There's more to discipline than just discipline!  Because many students struggle to connect to school or to exercise the self-control needed to learn, rule-breaking happens, disrupting learning and eroding community. Students are not likely to succeed in school unless someone consciously teaches and provides rigorous practice for the social and emotional skills they need. What you think is a redirection might sound like yelling to defensive to a student’s ears. Students make plenty of mistakes as they find their way in life. How do you respond?


  1. How to use practical strategies to redirect rule-breaking, reduce behavior referrals, and keep your focus on teaching
  2. Practices to shape the classroom to support positive behavior
  3. Discover how to analyze behaviors so that you can address them effectively
  4. Ways to be a “warm demander” when handling disruptions
  5. Effective teacher mindset for discipline and how language/action affect the interaction when students challenge you

Prerequisite: Developmental Designs 1

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.

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What to Expect

Get ready for an interactive day of learning!

Just like in the classroom, you will gather in a circle for an advisory meeting. You will  talk, share, and problem-solve with other middle-level educators. Tap into real situations from your own experiences. Bring challenges you are facing with individual students or your whole class. The facilitator will lead you through exercises to help you enrich your advisory. 

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 7-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.