Developmental Designs for Middle School 1



Four Day Professional Development

The middle school years are an uncertain, confounding, exhilarating, mixed-up time, a time of curiosity and courage, a time of pushback, and risk-taking.  The Developmental Designs approach delivers practices and strategies to build a supportive community, guiding students on their way to academic achievement, responsible independence, and lifelong habits of goodness.

During this in-depth experience, you will:

 Study how and why social-emotional learning leads to academic achievement

 Discover how to leverage adolescents’ developmental characteristics, strengths, and needs

 Learn how to use the advisory time to build a robust and socially-skilled learning community

  • Experience and explore two (2) effective advisory structures
  • Learn the four (4) components of a community building advisory

◙ Gain practical structures to help students master learning routines

  • Practice developing goals, declarations, and a social contract
  • Experience and learn seven (7) ways of managing classroom conversations
  • A structure for developing the habit of reflection

◙ Practice five (5) types of empowering language

◙ Learn a relationship-based approach to discipline that maintains dignity for every student

  • Examine the five (5) stages of Pathways to Self-control
  • Practice six (6) redirection tools
  • Learn how to do a Quick Problem-solving Conference 

◙ Establish ways to energize students through the use of the “The Power of Play,”

◙ Discuss ways to rally the entire school community around shared goals and guidelines/expectations

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.  

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 classrooms, 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 young adolescents.