Professional Development

Darrell Scott

Darrell is the founder of the Rachel's Challenge program. He has spoken to over five million people in live settings around the world, not counting the millions he has spoken to through programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, CNN, and the Today Show. He has authored or co-authored five books, and meets with politicians and educators regularly concerning issues of school violence.

Dr. Robert Marzano

Robert J. Marzano, PhD, is cofounder and CEO of Marzano Research in Colorado. A leading researcher in education, he is a speaker, trainer, and author of more than 30 books and 150 articles on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership, and school intervention. His books include The Art and Science of Teaching and Effective Supervision. His practical translations of the most current research and theory into classroom strategies are internationally known and widely practiced by both teachers and administrators. Dr. Marzano received a bachelor's degree from Iona College in New York, a master’s degree from Seattle University, and a doctorate from the University of Washington.

Awaken the Learner Workshop (Darrell Scott)

Awaken learners in your classroom. This workshop is the result of a unique collaboration between Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, who was killed in the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, and Dr. Robert J. Marzano, an educational researcher with 40 years of experience. Darrell, Dr. Marzano, and associates from Rachel’s Challenge and Marzano Research present two perspectives on how to awaken students in the classroom. Darrell's perspective reviews the history and philosophy behind a system of education that reaches students’ hearts, not just their heads. Dr. Marzano's perspective outlines research-based strategies that teachers can use to both instruct and awaken learners, presenting a model of student motivation that illuminates various ways students think, why they make certain decisions, and how they can be inspired in the classroom.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the history and philosophy behind a unique approach to reaching students’ hearts.
  • Discover ways to create a culture and climate in your classroom that will awaken students to new possibilities.
  • Explore a model of behavior, decision making, and engagement that illuminates student motivation and actions in the classroom.
  • Consider strategies for effectively and efficiently instructing learners.
  • Reflect on your own teaching practices and the extent to which they instill purpose and inspiration in students.

Recommended Participants

School leaders, teachers

Core Resources

Awaken the Learner book

Awaken the Learner Workshop (Darrell Scott and Dr. Robert Marzano)

Awaken learners in your classroom. This workshop is the result of a unique collaboration between Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, who was killed in the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, and Dr. Robert J. Marzano, an educational researcher with 40 years of experience.

Darrell, Dr. Marzano, and associates from Rachel's Challenge and Marzano Research present two perspectives on how to awaken students in the classroom. Darrell's perspective reviews the history and philosophy behind a system of education that reaches students' hearts, not just their heads. Dr. Marzano's perspective outlines research-based strategies that teachers can use to both instruct and awaken learners, presenting a model of student motivation that illuminates various ways students think, why they make certain decisions, and how they can be inspired in the classroom.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the history and philosophy behind a unique approach to reaching students' hearts.
  • Discover ways to create a culture and climate in your classroom that will awaken students to new possibilities.
  • Explore a model of behavior, decision making, and engagement that illuminates student motivation and actions in the classroom.
  • Consider strategies for effectively and efficiently instructing learners.
  • Reflect on your own teaching practices and the extent to which they instill purpose and inspiration in students.

Recommended Participants

School leaders, teachers

Timeframe

One or two days

Marzano Research - Strategies for Awakening the Learner Workshop

Activate students' metacognitive and self-systems. With research-based strategies, you’'ll learn how to help students meet their own needs and achieve their goals and desires.

This interactive workshop is based on the idea that we all have four systems—knowledge, cognitive, metacognitive, and self—working in our minds at any given moment. While K–12 education has traditionally done a solid job of focusing on the knowledge and cognitive systems, the metacognitive and self-systems have often been neglected in schools. Help teachers understand, appreciate, and address these other two systems, particularly the self-system, in order to reach the whole child and awaken each and every learner in the classroom.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the four systems that humans operate under at all times and how these systems impact students and teachers in schools.
  • Delve into the metacognitive and self-systems' hierarchy of goals, and understand how teachers can address these goals in order to reach students’ hearts, heads, and hands.
  • Discover ways to create a culture and climate in schools and classrooms that awaken students to new possibilities and excitement.
  • Learn specific strategies tied to each level of the hierarchy of goals within the self-system that can be implemented immediately, including how to provide fair and equitable treatment of all students and diminish bullying behavior, plus ways to promote a growth mindset, inspire students, and engage in personal projects.
  • Reflect on your own teaching practices and the extent to which your behavior instills purpose, inspiration, and passion in your students.
  • Get inspired—or re-inspired—to awaken each and every learner in your classroom.

Recommended Participants

Teachers, instructional coaches, school leaders

Timeframe

One day

Marzano Research - Creating a Highly Engaged Classroom Workshop

Engage students deeply in the joy of learning. Create a lively, dynamic classroom in which students are excited to learn and have the drive to keep exploring until they succeed. This workshop explores the four questions behind student engagement and shows how to set the stage for positive answers to each of them:

  1. How do I feel?
  2. Am I interested?
  3. Is this important?
  4. Can I do this?

Learn how to lay a positive foundation that predisposes students to learn. Take home practical, research-based strategies to spark student interest and make learning personally relevant. Discover how to build the confidence that gives students ownership of their learning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain sound instructional strategies for engaging students.
  • Distinguish between short-term attention and deep engagement.
  • Connect classroom goals to students’ personal goals.
  • Build your capacity to increase student achievement.
  • Spark students’ personal interest in learning.
  • Nurture students’ sense of self-efficacy.

Recommended Participants

Teachers

Timeframe

One or two days

Marzano Research - Becoming a High Reliability School Workshop

Take the next step in school reform. The Marzano High Reliability Schools™ (HRS) model is the product of over 40 years of educational research and development. This workshop will introduce teachers and leaders to the five levels of high reliability schools and explain concrete action steps to improve student achievement.

HRS Levels

  • Level 1: Safe and Collaborative Culture
  • Level 2: Effective Teaching in Every Classroom
  • Level 3: Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
  • Level 4: Standards-Referenced Reporting
  • Level 5: Competency-Based Education

Participants will be introduced to the leading and lagging indicators and critical commitments for each level and receive tools and resources to help them achieve high reliability status.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the five levels of high reliability schools.
  • Learn how to select leading and lagging indicators to address in your school.
  • Discover new ways to use collaborative teams to address common issues regarding curriculum, assessment, instruction, and achievement of all students.
  • Contextualize the research on effective instruction and supervision practices to transform your organization into a high reliability school.

Recommended Participants

District leaders, school leaders

Timeframe

One or two days

There are No Bullies (by certified presenters)

The workshop will present basic information to identify and recognize bullying behavior and the strategies needed to redirect it. Children who bully others can turn into antisocial adults and are far more likely than others to commit crimes, batter their spouses, abuse their children and produce another generation of children who bully. Here’s what participants will experience in the Best Antidote presentation:

  • Awareness of personal attitudes about children who bully
  • Intervention methods for bullying behaviors
  • Strategies to empower children to avoid becoming targets of bullying behaviors
  • Develop strategies to redirect and change bullying behaviors
  • Role playing on handling bullying situations
  • Practice protective skills as avoiding the confrontation
  • Using humor to deflate a tense moment

Expected Outcomes:

  • Learn effective ways to respond to bullying behavior
  • Understand why it is important to make school physically and emotionally safe for all children
  • Explore motivations behind bullying behavior
  • Learn to identify a variety of ways to respond to bullying behavior
  • Learn strategies to defeat a bullying culture

There Are No Bullies Material on Best Antidotes to Cyber Bullying

It is very important that we teach our youth today to understand accountability, online and offline. Schools can be very helpful here. As the internet and online social networks continue to grow so does cyber bullying. Cyber bullying can take on many forms. Here’s what participants will experience in the Best Antidote presentation:

  • Awareness of personal attitudes about students who cyber bully
  • Intervention methods for bullying behaviors
  • Strategies to empower children to avoid becoming targets of cyber bullying
  • Develop strategies to redirect and change cyber bullying
  • While some of the traits of cyber bullies are similar to more traditional bullies, it is important to note that there are some differences

Expected Outcomes

  • Learn effective ways to respond to cyber bullying
  • Understand legal ramifications of cyber bullying
  • Explore motivations behind cyber bullying
  • Learn to identify a variety of ways to respond to cyber behavior
  • Learn strategies to prevent cyber bullying from happening

Elementary Staff Implementation (by certified presenters)

This hands-on training is designed to brief teachers, counselors, administrators and/or other school staff members on the basic elements necessary to implement the Rachel's Challenge Kindness & Compassion Program successfully. The training follows the outline of the Kindness & Compassion Program Guide. It gives practical examples of how the program has been implemented in other schools, and leads the attendees through exercises designed to help them decide how best to incorporate the program into their own environment.

Chain Reaction for Educators (by certified presenters)

Chain Reaction for Educators

Educators and all school staff members should understand the need to engage students in positive, supportive ways like never before. School is where students experience their social connections that provide their sense of belonging. And, their sense of belonging is a huge part of students' ability to learn. Reaching out to students beyond teaching the subject matter is no longer an option. The consequences of not reaching out to every student are too high. Reaching out may not come naturally or easily to some educators, but Rachel's Challenge offers a proven day-long event for educators at all grade levels that can transform the relational culture of a classroom and an entire school.

Chain Reaction is a six-hour, intensive, interactive training that consists of:

  • Teaching and processing segments
  • Physical activities
  • Full- and small-group sharing

Chain Reaction is for the entire school staff form bus drivers to administrators. It is designed to promote personal introspection, understanding of others, community building and empowerment. The day-long event is led by two Rachel's Challenge professionals who have been specifically trained to manage group dynamics and interaction. They present the following topics with a mix of music, video, stories and group interaction.

  • Take Off Your Labels...Be Who You Really Are
  • Appropriate Student Interaction
  • Our Words Have the Power…to Hurt or Heal
  • You are Not Alone…We Have Shared Experiences
  • Today is YOUR Chain Reaction Moment

Expected Outcomes:

  • Understand your personal identity, power and uniqueness.
  • Learn that you are not personally defined by your circumstances and experiences.
  • Understand that despite your personal uniqueness you share life experiences with many others.
  • Barriers among the participants are broken down by the realization that through these shared experiences they are not alone.