Klea Scharberg

Every School Has Its Challenging Students

As educators, we are the gatekeepers for society and the nurturers of individuals. We have an obligation to teach all students, but some are really hard to teach. How can we promote safety and success for all, while supporting our challenging students to grow and learn?

In this webinar, Jeffrey Benson, author of the ASCD book Hanging In: Strategies for Teaching the Students Who Challenge Us Most, helps you know what you can do now for a challenging student in your school. From that focus on one student, he explains how you can enrich your team's capacity to hang in with many students. With powerful stories of students he's worked with and a compassionate, empowering mind-set, Benson provides areas to focus on and a graphic organizer to help you identify positive and negative influences on student achievement.

Watch the archived presentation below and download the session handouts (PDF) and references (PDF).

In his 35 years of experience in education, Benson has worked in almost every school context: as a teacher in elementary, middle, and high schools; as an instructor in undergraduate and graduate programs; and as an administrator in day and residential schools. He has studied and worked side by side with national leaders in the fields of special education, learning theory, trauma and addiction, school reform, adult development, and conflict resolution. He has been a consultant to public and private schools, mentored teachers and principals in varied school settings, and has written on many school-based issues.

The core of Benson's work is in understanding how people learn, the starting point for everything that schools should do. He will be presenting on this topic at the 69th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Los Angeles, Calif., on Monday, March 17. Learn more and register at www.ascd.org/annualconference.

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