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The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child

Monday, November 17, 2008
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hotel Allegro
171 W, Randolph
Chicago, IL

Every learning theory from Maslow to Gardner has "motivation" as its initial and fundamental step. However, few teachers have a repertoire of effective motivational strategies and techniques. In the classroom we tend to use a "one size fits all" approach by attempting to motivate all students with one single reward system, star chart or grading policy. This seminar presents an innovative and field-tested model that enables teachers to better understand and foster student motivation at all grade levels.

The workshop begins with an exploration of some of the common misconceptions related to student motivation and some of the common strategies that are, simply, ineffective (competition, reward systems, punishment). Specific approaches and strategies will then be presented that will enable teachers and parents to motivate students...and maintain that motivation throughout the school year.

This workshop, based on the book by the same name, encourages teachers to examine and identify each child's "motivational" style and to design motivational strategies that will inspire the child to reach his or her potential.

The objectives of the workshop include that:

  • participants will understand the truths about classroom motivation.
  • participants will re-examine the basic classroom approaches (e.g., competition, punishment, reward systems, etc.) and recognize the relative ineffectiveness of these strategies.
  • participants will recognize the six factors that motivate human beings (gregariousness, autonomy, etc.)
  • participants will translate these factors into practical, pragmatic classroom strategies.

Rick Lavoie has served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs since 1972. He holds three degrees in Special Education and has served as an adjunct professor or visiting lecturer at numerous universities including Syracuse, Harvard, Georgetown, Manhattanville College, University of Alabama and Vassar. His numerous national television appearances include TODAY Show, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, ABC Evening News and Disney Channel Presents. Rick is probably best known for his videos "How Difficult Can This Be?: The F.A.T. City Workshop" and "Last One Picked, First One Picked On: The Social Implications of Learning Disabilities". His first book was "It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success". "The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child" is now available.

This workshop will take place in Chicago at the Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street. The Hotel Allegro is located in the heart of downtown Chicago in the busy theatre district in close proximity to the Art Institute and Navy Pier. It is also just minutes from Grant Park, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park and Chicago's beautiful lakefront that stretches for miles.

Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Allegro.

Hotel Reservations
Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro: for the night of November 16th at a rate of $239/night plus tax. To make a reservation call 1-800-643-1500 and use Group Code: "ISACS Motivation". Special discounted room rates have been extended and are available until Friday October 31, 2008. Click here to use the online booking service.

Registration Fee
  • $275 Member Fee
  • $325 Non Member Fee
  • 10% discount for schools sending teams of two or more
  • Workshop includes lunch

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $275     Non-member Cost: $325


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