Developmental Designs for Middle School 1



Four Day Professional Development

The middle school years are a precarious, confounding, exhilarating, mixed-up time; a time of curiosity and courage, a time of pushback, and of 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 advisory time to build a strong, 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

Jun 15-18, 2020 in St Paul, MN (see map)
Community of Peace Academy
Jun 22-25, 2020 in East Greenwich, RI (see map)
Rocky Hill Country Day School
Jun 29, 2020-Jul 2, 2020 in Cambridge, MA (see map)
Rindge Avenue Upper School
Jun 29, 2020-Jul 2, 2020 in Brattleboro, VT (see map)
Brattleboro Union High School
Jul 13-16, 2020 in Essex Junction , VT (see map)
Essex Middle School
Jul 20-23, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA (see map)
The Philadelphia School
Jul 27-30, 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA (see map)
Pittsburgh Urban Christian School
Aug 3-6, 2020 in Asheville, NC (see map)
Hanger Hall School For Girls
Aug 3-6, 2020 in Keene, NH (see map)
Keene Middle School
Aug 10-13, 2020 in Chicago, IL (see map)
Shields Middle School
Aug 10-13, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN (see map)
Olson Middle School
Aug 17-20, 2020 in Lake Stevens, WA (see map)
Lake Stevens Middle School
Sep 29, 2020-Nov 17, 2020 in MINNEAPOLIS, MN (see map)
The Origins Program
7 Tuesday evenings | sessions 4:15-8:30 pm | September 29, October 6, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17

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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.