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February 21, 2018

Reaching At-Risk Students: The New Tools for Students with Challenging Behaviors

Half of teachers leave the profession within thefirst five years, and students with challenging behavior are one of the reasons why.

As educators, we don’t want another trend, or quick fix. We want to understand why our studentsare experiencing social-emotional-behavioral challenges, and what we can do to help them.

A new Learners Edge courseEmpathy & Understanding: The New Tools for Helping Students with Challenging Behaviors has been created and is ready to be taken by teachers, parents, and anyone who spends time with children. Our hope is that this course encourages everyone to break free from the old “at-risk students” terminology and helps teachers reach and teach those students who most challenge us. 

The course is based on the book Lost at School, by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. and includes guidance on helping students with social-emotional and behavioral challenges.  To me, the best part of the book is the journey with a young student named Joey. In Chapter One, “The School of Hard Knocks” we are introduced to Joey. The story threads through the book and the reader becomes invested and attached to this young man who is finding his way. By the end of the book, the reader has developed a relationship and has formed an opinion to answer the question “What are we going to do about Joey?”  

The book introduces us to the ALSUP-Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unresolved Problems inventory, as well as the CPS-Collaborative & Proactive Solutions approach—which includes the Empathy Step, the Adult Concerns Step, and the Invitation Step. Following in Dr. Greene’s footsteps, we’d like to invite you to explore the strategies of hope, change, understanding and empathy in this powerful book and new course.

Learners Edge is passionately committed to providing you with continuing education coursework, materials, and tools that will help you succeed in your classroom and in your career.

Offering more than 100 print-based or online courses for teachers, you can earn the graduate credit you need for salary advancement and meet your professional development needs. Contact us today to get started!

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