Reviving Your Empowering Language



Reviving Your Empowering Language

Half Day Professional Development

After observing only five minutes in a classroom, it is easy to realize that communication, verbal and non-verbal, is the most significant way both academic and social learning occurs. Helping educators to study, learn, and reflect on their language habits can make a substantial impact on the culture of a classroom and school.


  1. Practical ways to increase consistency with the use of empowering language
  2. Ways to increase your reinforcing language in place of empty praise
  3. Providing students content-rich feedback and guiding them with self-reflection
  4. How to make every exchange you have with students—both verbal and non-verbal—a learning opportunity for you both
  5. Make positive changes to the ways you communicate, to teach students how to interact more effectively with you and each other

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. 

Certificate of attendance

You will receive a 3-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.