Reducing Disruptive Classroom Behavior

Workshop Title: Youth at Risk: Decreasing Angry, Aggressive Student Behavior.


     Dacia uses her book Why Are So Many Students So Angry? to teach participants evidence based practical strategies to reduce disruptive behavior at home or in the classroom. A pressing issue today is maladaptive angry and aggressive behavior. Many of our youth have angry and aggressive behavior because they have been exposed to violence in their communities and their homes. That exposure increases the likelihood of PTSD symptoms and stress in youth, which shows up as maladaptive and defiant behavior.


Educators and parents/foster parents who work with  or are raising youth need culturally relevant and practical tools to work with this population.



Learning Objectives

Participants will learn more about:

  • Today’s students and the impact of technology on them.

  • How community violence affects youth causing PTSD-like symptoms.

  • How community violence translates into externalizing behavior (i.e. anger issues, bullying) or internalizing behavior (self-mutilation, depression).

  •  How participants working with youth can use this knowledge to understand students’ perspective and provide strategies to reduce disruptive behavior and increase learning.


Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn 3 strategies that they can immediately use to reduce disruptive behavior.


Associated Outcomes

  •  Reduction in Disciplinary Referrals

  •  Shorter Recovery time after a disruptive incident

  •  Increase in instructional time

  • Increase in a peaceful school or home environment

  • improved relationships


Method of Presentation
     The presentation will be structured as an interactive discussion lecture with case presentations, audience participation, and group exercises. This workshop will address the multicultural diversity of working with youth,
particularly African American and Hispanic youth.