Student Motivation and Engagement: Using Research to Inform Practice

Improve classroom management, increase student engagement--and decrease teacher stress.

Presenter: Adam Holland, research scientist with FPG's FirstSchool

Target audience: Pre-K and elementary teachers, principals, and state and district administrators. Individuals and teams from schools and districts are welcome. 

Date and time: Friday, September 15, 2017

Location: Carolina Center for Educational Excellence, Chapel Hill, NC

Cost: $200**

Reserve your place in the workshop.*

Current approaches to classroom management often rely on antiquated ideas, but through this workshop, teachers and administrators will learn modern, research-based strategies for promoting students’ motivation and engagement in the context of classroom management.

The first part of this workshop focuses on problems with how old ideas still play out in classrooms today (e.g., through sticker charts or card charts). Dr. Holland discusses a modern understanding of motivation called “self-determination theory.” He explores some of its practical applications—especially for classroom management, through improving student engagement and decreasing teacher stress.

The second part of the workshop addresses such topics as tattling, bathroom time, group time, aligning with PBIS, and persistent misbehavior. Participants have time and opportunities to raise and discuss issues.

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About the facilitator: Adam Holland, a research scientist with the FirstSchool PreK-3 initiative at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, has taught first grade, kindergarten, pre-k, and 3-year-olds with special needs. He has presented on children's motivation and engagement across the US and internationally.

Registration will open once we attain sufficient enrollment through the reservation system.  At that time, everyone on the reservation list will receive an email with instructions on how to officially register and pay for the workshop. 

Cancellation policy: Participants who cancel their registration will receive a refund of the registration fee minus a $44 administrative charge. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reserves the right to cancel this session. In the event that the workshop is cancelled, a full refund will be issued. Participants traveling to Chapel Hill by air are advised to confirm that the event will occur as scheduled prior to purchasing nonrefundable airline tickets.

**Note: Dr. Holland has previously offered workshops with follow-up TA. In an effort to reduce the cost of registration, this workshop does not include follow-up TA.