Building a Responsibility-Centered Culture


Discover the most important component for building a positive culture in your school – relationships. Student-to-teacher, teacher-to-teacher, teacher-to-administrator, administrator-to-student – all of these are critical to a healthy environment where everyone feels heard and valued.

In this program, presenter Larry Thompson, M.Ed. illustrates how the culture in a school can become toxic when students are allowed to shirk responsibility for their actions and lay the blame on teachers. Educators may then be at odds with administrators as the students are returned to the classroom with no apparent resolution. Teachers don’t feel supported, administrators are overwhelmed and turnover may be high.

Larry explains how the pyramid of responsibility is built on relationships between student, teacher and administrator. Participants will learn how critical consistency is and how it can help not only with classroom management but also with calibrating office referrals. When students understand expectations and teachers help them accept responsibility when there is a breakdown, office referrals are reduced. When there are referrals, the administrator should continue the process of coaching students to accept responsibility for their actions. With a foundation of clearly stated expectations, practice of guided conversations and training in handling challenging moments, school culture becomes healthy and robust!

  • School culture
  • Essentials for a successful learning environment

About the Presenter

Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, Larry Thompson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands of educators and schools throughout North America break away from their traditional discipline models to a model that creates a responsible climate and responsible students. Larry has served in a wide variety of roles in education – from special education teacher to alternative and traditional high school principal. As creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, Larry understands that systems must be created that can be realistically implemented and sustained.

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