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Fayetteville Technical Community College Regional Workshop

Classroom Management in the Millennial Age!

Workshop Description

Today’s students have grown up with worldwide chaos that has eroded their trust and respect in adults. Nowhere is this more relevant than in the classroom. Educators are struggling to find answers to classroom management problems that millennial students bring into the classroom. What was once only a K-12 problem has now also become a problem for higher education. How do we win our students trust and respect so that we can deliver our important lessons? How do we provide a classroom that is safe and predictable for students who feel the stress of an unpredictable world?

During this workshop, you’ll learn how to create a safe environment for everyone through research-proven strategies that create mutual respect for educators and students. Through the use of proactive strategies rather than reactive strategies, you’ll leave the workshop with a toolbox of strategies you can use to avoid being reactive to students’ disrespect and low-level discipline challenges. You will also discuss how to maintain self-control in the classroom, arrange the classroom for maximum student engagement, teach-to behavioral and academic expectations, and handle students who may not respond to proactive strategies using a dignified REFOCUS strategy. You will also discuss five beliefs that can cause issues in the classroom and you’ll be encouraged to challenge your beliefs and to work towards a positive paradigm shift in how you view your teaching, classrooms, and students.

By the end of this workshop, you will know or be able to:

  • Learn how to create a safe and caring environment that meets the needs of millennial students.
  • Gain an understanding of the Student Assessment and Rapid Response Model (SMARTR) and leave with proactive strategies that diffuse low-level potential conflicts between you and your students.
  • Develop classroom rules and routines that reinforce the skills that every student must have in order to be a successful learner.
  • Explore different classroom arrangements that create positive and safe learning environments.
  • Learn how to manage higher-level challenging behavior through non-punitive strategies.
  • Advance towards a shift in teaching paradigm that works with today’s students.


  • Structured large and small group discussions
  • Active involvement in developing Teach-To’sSMARTR Strategies, and Classroom Arrangement.
  • Materials provided for active involvement, notetaking, and takeaways.
  • Built-in time for you to practice strategies with your peers.

Participants can claim a digital badge and certificate upon completing the workshop and a post-workshop survey.

Preliminary Schedule

October 23, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Workshop
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Provided by NISOD


Fayetteville Technical Community College
Tony Rand Student Center – Multipurpose Room
2201 Hull Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303


Registration Type
Early Registration
on or before
September 25, 2020
Late Registration
September 25, 2020
Host College (Member) $129 $179
Member $159 $209
Non Member $209 $259

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to October 2, 2020. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by October 2, 2020. Refunds will not be given after October 2, 2020 or for no-shows. Registrants who have an outstanding balance and do not attend the workshop are responsible for the $25 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, NISOD meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution of the registrant or attendees’ image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities by NISOD.

About the Facilitator

Cyndee G. Kawalek
 is a highly skilled Certified Teacher Training Specialist who has 22 years of teaching experience with knowledge of the latest and most effective teaching methods. Cyndee possesses excellent teacher strategies that promote a stimulating learning environment, including experiential/discover learning, differentiated instruction, problem-based learning, cooperative learning, and universal design for learning. Cyndee has trained educators in establishing successful learning environments by teaching them how to create situations for all students to succeed, treat students equally/fairly, orient classroom experiences toward improvement and growth, link learning objectives to activities, giving clear examples, and offering guided practice to prevent situations in which a student loses peer respect.

Cyndee trains teachers of all grade levels and subject matters to improve their student learning capabilities and classroom environments. Cyndee specializes in Classroom Management and Student Engagement and Motivation in the Millennial Age. Cyndee has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies, and teaching certifications in Illinois and California. She is a certified Center for Teacher Effectiveness Training in Classroom Management and Student Engagement/Engagement. With such a mirage of disciplines, Cyndee has been able to bring a unique teaching style to her classrooms resulting in her earning “Most Outstanding Teacher of the Year” (2013) and leading her department to earn the Illinois Blue Ribbon Award for teaching excellence in 2013 and 2016.

Hotel Information

Embassy Suites by Hilton Fayetteville Ft Bragg
4760 Lake Valley Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28303
(910) 826-3600 

Home2 Suites by Hilton Fayetteville NC
4035 Sycamore Dairy Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303
(910) 223-1170

Homewood Suites by Hilton Fayetteville
4028 Legend Avenue
Fayetteville NC 28303
(910) 672-7800

Hilton Garden Inn Fayetteville/Fort Bragg
4025 Sycamore Dairy Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303
(910) 860-3600

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