Developmental Designs for Middle School 1



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

This workshop can be presented on-site for your school staff. See School Services.



Note: Origins reserves the right to cancel workshops. Origins 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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Upcoming Dates & Locations

Jun 25-28, 2018 in Saratoga, CA (see map)
St Andrew's School
Jul 9-12, 2018 in Washington , DC (see map)
E. L. Haynes High School
Jul 9-12, 2018 in Colchester, VT (see map)
Colchester Middle School
Jul 16-19, 2018 in Chicago, IL (see map)
John B. Murphy School
Jul 23-26, 2018 in Buffalo, MN (see map)
Buffalo High School
Aug 6-9, 2018 in Rancho Mirage, CA (see map)
Palm Valley School
Aug 6-9, 2018 in Keene, NH (see map)
Keene Middle School
Aug 6-9, 2018 in Brooklyn Park, MN (see map)
Fair Oaks Elementary School
Aug 13-16, 2018 in Lake Stevens, WA (see map)
Lake Stevens 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.

Workshop schedule

After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with more detailed information about the schedule for your particular course.

Sample Schedule for the Four-Day Workshop 
7:30 Seminar sessions
12:00 Recess and lunch
1:00 Seminar sessions
3:30 Closing

Sample Schedule for the Eight-Evening Workshop 
4:30 Session starts
6:00 Dinner break
8:15 Closing

(During on-site workshops, this agenda can be customized to better fit your school schedule.)

Meal arrangements

Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided daily.  Eight week evening workshops will include a meal.

Dietary restrictions? Please let us know when you register. If we cannot accommodate your needs, you may bring your own meals. 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 all workshop sessions.

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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.