WMU News

Workshop focuses on disciplining without rewards or punishment

April 8, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- An authority on handling students' irresponsible and disruptive behavior in the classroom will challenge prevailing educational theories during a workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at the Fetzer Center on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Dr. Marvin Marshall, a well-known educator, says far too many young people do not respond positively to traditional disciplinary approaches.

His workshop, "How to Discipline Without Rewards or Punishments," offers a simple-to-implement alternative that is being used by teachers at the pre-primary level through the high school level. Marshall's approach seeks to foster student responsibility, reduce teacher stress and increase the joy of classroom teaching.

The workshop is sponsored by WMU's Office of Professional Programs and Conferences. Although tailored for teachers, counselors, administrators, aides and child-care professionals, it is open to anyone wishing to learn more about how to deal with disruptive behavior and discipline problems.

Marshall is a former elementary, middle, and high school teacher; counselor; elementary and high school principal; and district director of education. He does presentations for several leading seminar companies, universities across the country and schools around the world.

His writings on discipline, social development, human behavior, and motivation have been published by Education Week, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the California Teachers Association and the Association of California School Administrators. In addition, Marshall has produced audiotapes for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Staff Development Council.

The workshop fee of $95 includes a resource handbook, lunch and refreshments during breaks. Registrations will be accepted until the workshop is full. For more information, call Chris Garrett at (616) 387-4174. To register, call Leesa Jaquays at (616) 387-4174.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

Media advisory: To arrange an interview with Marvin Marshall or to attend his workshop, contact Chris Garrett in WMU's Office of Professional Programs and Conferences at (616) 387-4174.

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