About this event
Ever find yourself reacting to behavior situations in the classroom that keep repeating themselves?
Join The Wellness Institute for a unique and valuable professional development opportunity on August 21st with world-renowned educator Rick Lavoie on classroom management.
Learn how to shift from a reactive to a proactive approach to behavior in the classroom.
This seminar will explore the reasons that many traditional behavior strategies do not work and will offer alternative strategies designed to prevent misbehavior, build a positive classroom environment and develop intrinsic motivation and self-esteem in the students.

Richard Lavoie, M.A., M.ED. Bio:
Rick Lavoie served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for 30 years. He holds three degrees in Special Education and holds two Honorary Doctorates in Education from the University of Massachusetts (2003) and Mitchell College (CT – 2007). He has served as a visiting lecturer at numerous universities including Syracuse, Harvard, Manhattanville College, University of Alabama, University of Melbourne and Georgetown. His numerous national television appearances include The TODAY Show, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, ABC Evening News, and Walt Disney Presents.He has served as a consultant on Learning Disabilities to several agencies and organizations including Public Broadcasting Service, New York Times, National Center for Learning Disabilities, USA Today, Girl Scouts of America, Child Magazine, INSTRUCTOR Magazine and National Public Radio.

In 2009, Rick was the recipient of the Learning Disabilities Associations of America’s Samuel Kirk Award.

He has delivered his message to over 500,000 parents and professionals throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. He has the distinction of having delivered Keynote Addresses for all three of the major special needs advocacy organizations in the United States.

Rick is the author of the book “It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success (Touchstone/ Simon and Schuster, 2005). Rick provides specific strategies for parents, teachers, and caregivers about how to assist a child in making and keeping friends. The Library Journal praised the book as “a breakthrough.”

Rick and his wife, Janet have three grown children and live in Boston.