We are losing our boys – not only academically, but also behaviorally and attitudinally – and too often we fail to see the vulnerable young man who is hiding behind that tough-guy exterior. Boys’ underperformance – especially for boys of color and poverty – is one of this country’s biggest barriers to school improvement and it is tied, at a fundamental level, to the disconnect between boys’ sense of who they are and what school has to offer them. Turnaround for boys in school starts with understanding their inner lives – the social, emotional and biochemical drivers of boys’ motivation and engagement.
Dr. Shields has helped schools across the nation close gender gaps and re-engage boys and young men through creating a supportive school culture and climate that embraces the very nature of boys and young men. Dr. Shields’ workshop provides the building blocks of success through a powerful examination of male-female brain differences. Learn the practical strengths-based strategies for increasing boys’ sense of connectedness, competency, and confidence in school.
Analyze and discuss data regarding achievement trends in K-12 school, higher education, and beyond;
Explore attitudes, knowledge and beliefs about boys/girls and education;
Understand fundamental male/female brain differences that influence boys’/girls’ behavior and learning;
Acquire practical strategies that can be immediately implemented to increase achievement and engagement, while decreasing behavior problems, across all content areas; and,
Develop a classroom and school Action Plan to ensure a high-level of implementation.