Developmental Designs for High School


Four Day Professional Development

  • Collaborate with a learning community
  • Create a supportive community
  • Deliver motivating instruction 
  • Teach self-control


Developmental Designs for High Schools is explicitly created with 9-12th-grade students in mind. 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 practices and principles create equitable, trauma-informed classrooms. These practices are created to engage students in high school classrooms in three vital ways:


  • Discover how older adolescents' developmental needs shape their learning
  • Experience 4 essential components of an effective advisory program
  • Learn ways to build and sustain productive learning communities


  • Discover the 10 ‘Gold’ minutes for learning in each class period
  • Experience games, activities, and brain-breaks to energize and reengage
  • Practice and build structures/routines to create compelling social-interaction

TEACHING SELF-Direction and Self-control

  • Discover the 5 needs that drive ALL student behavior
  • Examine 3 structures to help students master learning routines
  • Practice 5 types of teacher language that encourage and guide students
  • Learn how to personalize discipline for restorative responses

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

Jan 26, 2021-Mar 16, 2021 in Online Professional Development - Central Standard Time, (see map)
Online Professional Development - Central Standard Time
7 Tuesday evenings | sessions 4:15-8:30 pm | January 26, February 2, 9, 23, March 2, 9, and 16

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What to Expect

Throughout this workshop, both new and seasoned educators experience personal and professional growth.

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 chance 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 HIGH 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 HIGH SCHOOL classroom teachers who use the Developmental Designs approach in their classrooms.

All share with you a commitment to fostering the well-being and academic growth of adolescents.