Fostering a Positive School Culture

Effectively Managing Conflict and Challenging Conversations in a Positive School Culture

February 10, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speaker: Bob Desaulniers, CAGS, M.Ed., Educational Consultant, AthenaK12 Speaker

Webinar Description
Managing conflict is an integral part of the day-to-day responsibilities of school administrators, counselors, and teachers. How educators deal with conflict sets the tone for a school’s safe and supportive culture. Conflicts may involve administrator-teacher, teacher-student, teacher-teacher, student-student, and educator-parent. This training will focus on both proactive measures to reduce conflict as well as on developing skills required to engage in productive constructive conversations. The more skilled school personnel are at managing conflict, the more effective they will be on the job, creating a stronger school culture for students.

About the Speaker
Bob Desaulniers, M.Ed., has dedicated 40 years to public secondary education as a principal, assistant principal, athletic director, guidance counselor, school adjustment counselor, history/social sciences teacher, and as director of education at an independent school for students with learning differences. He holds a C.A.G.S. degree from Bridgewater State University, a Master’s degree from UMass Boston, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross. Bob's education interests and specialties include managing conflict and engaging in successful challenging conversations with faculty, colleagues, parents, and students; strengthening supervision through observations and feedback; working with paraprofessionals; supporting new teacher orientation and mentor training; developing positive school culture through team building and all aspects of leadership development.  Along with his work for AthenaK12, Bob currently serves as a faculty instructor and practicum supervisor in the Educator Leadership Institute, a program culminating in a M.Ed. in Organizational Management from Fitchburg State University as well as licensure as a school administrator from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). He also serves as a mentor to school administrators and facilitates monthly round table discussion groups for school administrators. Bob is a proud member of the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Southbridge High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He subscribes to John Wooden’s mantra, “Make every day your masterpiece.”

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about participating in the webinar.

Membership Information
Most MPY webinars are available to ONLY current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs
MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

Requests for PDPs and CEUs must be submitted within 8 days of the webinar. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the appropriate paperwork within 8 days of the webinar, with accurate accountability codes. 

PDP and CEU certificates will be emailed to attendees at the end of the school year.

Event Cancellation Policy
If you are unable to attend any MPY event after registering, you must cancel online at least 72 hours prior to event. For assistance email Lauren@mpyinc.org.

Bob Desaulniers, CAGS, M.Ed.

Bob Desaulniers, CAGS, M.Ed.

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