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Educators frequently struggle with how to effectively improve the behavior of students, especially concerning undesirable behaviors. Developmental discipline starts with the perspective that the goal of such encounters is the long-term positive development of the student, both so that the undesirable behavior is reduced and so that the student develops character; in other words the behavior changes but so does the student so that s/he becomes the kind of person who is less likely to engage in such behavior (and related behaviors) in the long run. This workshop will focus on understanding the purposes of discipline and behavior management, how both prevention and remediation need to be part of such systems, and specific strategies for effective developmental discipline.
Dr. Marvin Berkowitz is the McDonnell Professor of Character Education and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at UMSL. He directs the Leadership Academy in Character Education and his scholarly focus is in character education and development. He is the author of You Can’t Teach Through a Rat: And Other Epiphanies for Educators (2012), Parenting for Good (2005) and more than 100 book chapters, monographs and journal articles. He is founding co-editor of the Journal of Character Education.