Developmental Designs for Middle School 1



Four Day Professional Development

During this in-depth workshop, you will learn:

  • Why social-emotional learning leads to academic achievement
  • How adolescents' developmental needs shape their learning
  • How to use advisory time to build a strong, socially-skilled learning community
  • Practical structures to help students master learning routines
  • How to guide students on a pathway to self-control that allows them as much independence as they can handle responsibly
  • Ways to speak to students that encourage as well as correct them
  • How to rally the whole school community around shared goals and guidelines
  • Ways to energize students and use play to add pleasure to learning
  • A structure for building the habit of reflection

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

Jul 29, 2019-Aug 1, 2019 in Hayward, CA (see map)
Impact Academy of Arts & Tech
San Francisco Bay Area
Aug 5-8, 2019 in Keene, NH (see map)
Keene Middle School
Aug 5-8, 2019 in Rutland, VT (see map)
Rutland Town School
Aug 12-15, 2019 in Lake Stevens, WA (see map)
Lake Stevens Middle School
Aug 12-15, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN (see map)
Olson Middle School

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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 chances 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.