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You can have extraordinary experiences as a beginning teacher and beyond by attending the  Conscious Classroom Management Workshop

""" What teachers need most are practical strategies that are easy to use and can be implemented immediately to make the biggest impact on students."
- Rick Smith

Why is good classroom management often invisible? How can we understand and utilize these invisible skills with our students?

Conscious Classroom Management is a lively, fun, and interactive workshop that provides K-12 teachers highly practical solutions for successfully managing their classrooms.

In this fast paced, laughter-filled seminar, participants will learn  and explore:

  • How to make invisible management skills visible

  • How to “hold your ground” in ways that invite student cooperation

  • Seven non-verbal strategies to get learners focused and on-task

  • Four ways to de-escalate teacher and student tension in the classroom

  • One proven method for turning around many of the toughest students

  • A dozen simple strategies for easy classroom transitions

  • Practical approaches for motivating your reluctant learners

  • Strategies that result in reduced anxiety and a fresher, more positive approach to teaching

The workshop presenter, Rick Smith, is an international education consultant and a national presenter on classroom management. The 2nd edition of Rick Smith and Grace Dearborn’s book, Conscious Classroom Management: Unlocking the Secrets of Great Teaching  (Over a quarter million copies of the first edition sold!) as well as Picture This! will be available for purchase at this event


Rick Smith - International Keynote Speaker, Teacher Trainer, and Author

Rick Smith is an international education consultant and national presenter. He has shared practical teaching strategies to over one hundred thousand teachers and teacher-trainers worldwide, including two years training American Peace Corps Volunteer Teachers in Ghana, West Africa. Rick was a classroom teacher for over fourteen years, focusing primarily on students-at-risk. He’s been a mentor and mentor coordinator for many years, and has taught in both Elementary and Secondary Credential programs in northern California.

Rick has conducted hundreds of workshops and keynotes on effective classroom management and instructional strategies that are consistently praised for both their motivational and practical value.

Rick’s feature article “Mentoring New Teachers: Strategies, Structures, and Successes,” appears in Teacher Education Quarterly. His bestselling book “Conscious Classroom Management: Unlocking the Secrets of Great Teaching” has sold over a quarter million copies, and is rapidly becoming the number one book in the United States for classroom management and student motivation.


Session Outcomes

 This session will make your job easier by learning how to:  EDUCATE

E liminate power struggles with your most challenging students

D iffuse discipline problems by engaging learners and fostering a culture of collaboration

U ncover your "teacher presence" while reducing stress

C reate lessons that are meaningful and relevant and make students want to learn keeping them focused on learning

A ppreciate your craft at a deeper level

T horoughly prepare to teach, either before school starts or "on the fly"

E nergize and invigorate teaching and learning experiences


“This book is a gold mine of practical suggestions for managing classrooms effectively.”


Ed.D Author of Discipline with Dignity

“With compassion and humor, Rick and Grace provide deep insight and practical details for what it takes to be a successful teacher.”


New Teacher Center Co-Founder, Chief Officer for Social and Emotional Learning

“Wow!  This is going to be wonderfully helpful information!  I can’t wait to start implementing!  I am feeling incredibly charged and energized!  Thank you!”  

Jen B., 3rd Grade

“This was the most useful workshop I have been to.  I got more ideas for the problems I am experiencing than all the workshops I have been to combined.  I really enjoyed the interactive part and the humor you brought to the presentation.  You’re an excellent presenter and provide a great service to teachers.”

Christie M., High School

“Fantastic!  So much stuff I could use I ran out of time to write!  Loved the fact that you gave examples for use in all grades.  I would attend any workshops you gave here!  Thanks so much!”  

Erica M., 1st Grade

"Best workshop I’ve been to.  'Real' practical ideas and strategies delivered with humor and professionalism.  Validated all emotions of (struggling) teachers.  Very positive and motivating.  Great analogies and metaphors.  Kept my interest all day!  Rick is fabulous!”

Susan W., 6th Grade

“Realistic scenarios, timely injections of humor; sensitivity to various levels/grades.  Very valuable/useful presentation!!”

Anon Middle School

“This was probably the best workshop I have ever participated in.  Informative, useful, and based on research.  The presenter is knowledgable and entertaining – a very powerful combination.”  

Barbara C., Mentor Teacher

“You gave me some wonderful, helpful ideas I can share immediately, and over time.  After 27 years you’ve helped me learn more!”  

Cara K.,  Elementary Principal

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