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Digital Seminar

The Hard-to-Engage Student: Strategies to Minimize Work Avoidance, Increase Connectedness, and Enhance Academic Success for Struggling Students

Savanna S. Flakes, EdS, CAS
Approx. 6 Hours
Apr 09, 2024
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The kindergartener who refuses to join the others at circle time. The fifth grader who has yet to complete an assignment. The freshman who leaves school daily after lunch.

As educators, our goal is to inspire and unlock each student’s passion for learning. But what happens when our best efforts are met with refusal or hostility?

Watch Savanna Flakes, EdS, international educational consultant, for this unprecedented seminar that will equip you with proven interventions and strategies to engage the hardest-to-engage students.

Through interactive activities, video demonstrations and collaborative discussion you will acquire dozens of evidence-based, practical strategies to increase academic achievement. Discover:

  • Inclusive and equitable practices to remove barriers to student engagement
  • SEL strategies for building positive relationships and productive interactions during learning
  • Innovative technology tools to support struggling students
  • Evidenced-based practices to support effective group work and team collaboration
  • Practical and low-prep strategies to differentiate reading and math instruction on-the-fly
  • Strategies to support student resilience, mindset, and independence
  • Collaboration, co-teaching, and interdisciplinary approaches for success

Purchase now for this much-needed course to allow you to reach EVERY student tomorrow.


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Savanna S. Flakes, EdS, CAS's Profile

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Savanna Flakes, EdS, CAS, is an award-winning teacher, experienced instructional leader, and educational consultant who has taught a variety of subjects and led professional development for multiple school levels on a range of topics such as differentiation, literacy interventions, inclusion, co-teaching, and specially designed instruction. Educators who have worked with Savanna have often commented on her experience and knowledge of differentiated instructional strategies to ensure every learner has access to the curriculum and is ready for 21st century success. She is an engaging and enthusiastic international presenter who believes that every child has talents to offer and can be a contributing member in our classroom, school, and society. Savanna holds an education specialist degree in administration leadership, a post masters certificate in education leadership, and curriculum and instruction: literacy, and special education. She is a national board-certified teacher (NBPTS), an international education technology standards certified teacher (ISTE), Google Certified Educator, and the author of a best-selling education book, Shaking Up Special Education: Instructional Moves to Increase Achievement.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Savanna Flakes is the CEO for Inclusion for a Better Future, LLC. She is an adjunct professor at the American University in Washington DC. Savanna Flakes receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Savanna Flakes is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Learning Forward, TASH, and the Council for Exceptional Children.

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  1. Choose learning strategies to improve participation in social relationships.  
  2. Utilize instructional strategies to support students with working memory, organization, and language to improve participation in education.  
  3. Evaluate instructional strategies to improve function in writing, reading, and math.  
  4. Categorize grouping strategies in academic content to match student learning profiles to improve participation in education.   
  5. Analyze common barriers for struggling students to increase engagement in education.   
  6. Identify a lesson activity to increase student motivation and promote social and emotional health.



Build A Connected Classroom Community

  • The neuroscience behind school classroom connectedness: Ideas for working with student diversity
  • Cooperative learning structures to promote teamwork: Experiential activities
  • Components of building positive and effective relationships with teacher/peers
  • 10 Strategies to reduce classroom anxiety and increase student belonging

Principles of Engagement

  • Five important “Principles of Engagement”
  • High-leverage inclusive practices
  • Equitable brain-based instructional opportunities
  • Lesson plan ideas and templates

Differentiated Instruction

  • Effective, cutting-edge, research-based instructional strategies
  • Key components of exemplary programs
  • Dynamic assessment strategies to inform instruction
  • Flexible grouping practices to remediate and accelerate learning
  • Co-teaching success strategies
  • OT, SW, SLP, teacher: Collaboration at its finest

Support Academic Success

  • Tools for identifying performance barriers
  • Technology and resources to support engagement and completion
  • The power of visuals and video for task initiation, working memory, and sequential thought
  • Scaffolds and supports to engage students with special needs in writing opportunities
  • Proven strategies to increase sustained attention
  • Resources, resources, resources!
  • Video demonstrations of students demonstrating mental flexibility in rigorous problem-solving activities

Brain-Based Engagement Strategies

  • Innovative strategies to reduce classroom anxiety and increase student connection
  • Powerful instructional moves to increase achievement
  • Trauma-informed grounding strategies

Rethink Behavior

  • The power of social emotional learning
  • Quick on-the-spot behavior interventions that get big results
  • Growth vs fixed mindset: Researchbased case studies
  • Build perseverance: Video demonstrations
  • Develop resilience toward rigorous and complex tasks
  • Mistakes as opportunities and prevent fear of failure

Target Audience

  • General Education Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Paraprofessionals


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