Workshops will offer solutions to child-behavior problems

A series of five interactive workshops in Middlebury will help teachers, school administrators, parents, and other adults deal with positive approaches when confronting child behavior challenges. The workshop series, held at the Middlebury Police Department Conference Room, located at 1 Lucius Shaw Ln., starts Feb. 8 and ends May 30. The workshops, presented by Middlebury-based Portals to Learning, will be led by Vermont educator Ron Rubin. Rubin, co-author of the book Guide to Positive School Discipline, has been involved in education for over 30 years. He was a school principal, education consultant, and faculty member of the University of Vermont. He also played a leadership role in the development of Vermonts Educational Support System Guidelines. Most recently, Rubin has seen some of his groundbreaking work published in Reclaiming Children and Youth. According to Rubin, there are six core values to employ when dealing with behavior problems 1. Discipline is an opportunity to help children and youth learn various skills, not an opportunity to do something to them. 2. Prevention is the first response to challenging behavior. 3. Responsibility and problem solving are more important than compliance and obedience. 4. Strategies dont change behavior unless grounded in a positive relationship between the adult and child. 5. There are no easy answers or quick fixes. 6. Discipline means more than good behavior. It means helping children and youth become good people. The workshops include the following: Discipline or Punishment: The Choice is Yours (Feb. 8), Understanding the Motivations of Behavior: The Circle of Courage (March 7), Anger Management: How Parents Can Help their Children (April 2), Bullying: What Is It and What Parents Can Do (May 2), and De-escalating a Behavioral Crisis: Strategies for Parents (May 30). All five workshops run between 8-8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and cost $80 each or $350 for all five sessions. Registration closes two weeks before each session. To register, contact Portals to Learning, located at 45 Court St., in Middlebury, at 802-388-2212.

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