Speaker’s Series

Our Speaker’s Series events provide education, information and support for parents, caregivers, teachers and professionals.

Supporting children and adolescents in learning and development is one of the most important jobs there is.

Doug Swanson. Retired teacher, coach and public speaker

Join Doug Swanson, retired teacher, coach and public speaker as he shares tools and strategies that will equip parents and professionals working with youth to enhance their ability to succeed in life and academics.

Stay tuned for the release of the Fall, 2016 schedule of dates, times, and locations.  The per session cost for 2016 will be $5.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

2015

November 26th- INFLUENCE: IT’S ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS

Partnerships are a key component to successful learning.  Through a discussion of our biases, Doug will explore how relationship-building is essential to fruitful partnerships between students, teachers, parents, administrators and the community.

January 7th- SCAFFOLDING WHOLE PERSON DEVELOPMENT in Physical, Emotional, Mental and Social Domains

Children are not little adults, though they are complex human beings.  Doug will illustrate the benefits of focusing on whole-person development, including internal and external conditions that foster success in learning.  Emphasis is given to scaffolding and terracing curriculum content and expectations. 

January 21st- CHAMPIONS ARE DIFFERENT: LIFE IS HARD, GET A HELMET!

Do you have to be an early achiever to be successful? Not necessarily, it may surprise you to discover how achievers differ from others.  This session will bring to light the elements, skills and tasks that we can teach children to foster success in their endeavours.  Learn 16 orientations that achievers activate for their success.  Participants of this session will notice two key themes: all learning begins with failure and it is almost always hard before it is easy.

February 11th- INTENTION AND VIGILANCE- MENTAL SKILLS FOR ACHIEVERS

Stress, anxiety and frustration management are vital abilities in achieving successful learning.  In this session, Doug will identify the mental skills of focusing, imagery, relaxation, self-talk and work ethic that must be embedded in daily habits.  He will then discuss how these skills foster the determination, persistence and resilience, critical to learning. 

March 17th- APPLIED BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT ANALYSIS 1: It is Not Behaviour Management

While behavior may appear to come out of the blue, it does not.  All behavior serves a purpose.  We do what we do because it works for us!  Doug will explain the many functions and purposes of behavior with particular attention to a misunderstood term- negative reinforcement.  Negative reinforcement has been shown to account for a vast array of behaviours. 

May 5th RESILIENCE- CREATING CULTURES THAT REINFORCE WHAT MATTERS MOST

Doug will lead learners through the work of several acclaimed behaviour experts to emphasize the value of reinforcement and the development of cultures that foster growth and development, while at the same time not cocooning our children from failure.  The importance of reinforcing practice and process rather than outcomes will be emphasized. 

All sessions will take place at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

First Session on November 26th is free for all to attend.  All other sessions cost $5.00 for LD Red Deer Members and $15 for non-members. 

Please call our office to confirm your attendance: 403-340-3885.