Barbara Coloroso

    Barbara Coloroso is an international bestselling author and for the past 44 years an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice. She has appeared on Oprah, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and NPR and has been featured in the New York Times, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and other national and international publications. Her uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were developed through her years of training in sociology, special education, and philosophy, as well as field-tested through her experiences as a classroom teacher, laboratory school instructor, university instructor, seminar leader, volunteer in Rwanda, and mother of three grown children.

    She is the author of four international bestsellers: kids are worth it! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline; Parenting Through Crisis—Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change; The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander—From Pre-School to High School, How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence; and Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right—From Toddlers to Teens, Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically. Barbara’s latest book is Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide and Why it Matters. She also has two critically acclaimed video programs Winning at Parenting without beating your kids and Winning at Teaching without beating your kids.

    Workshops by Barbara Coloroso

    Workshop 1: Teaching with Wit and Wisdom
    Solid practical advice on how to create a school climate in which students can become self-disciplined, compassionate, responsible, resourceful, resilient human beings who can act in their own best interest, stand up for themselves, and exercise their own rights while respecting the rights and legitimate needs of  others.  Barbara will  discuss  the  keys  to  good  teaching;  treating  kids with respect; giving them a sense of positive power  in their own  lives; giving them opportunities to make decisions, take responsibility  for their own actions, and learn from their successes and mistakes.
    • Positive school climate
    • Simple rules to help stop trouble before it starts
    • Power struggles—what, how, why and when not to engage
    • Six critical life messages • Discipline and punishment—why one works and the other only appears to work
    • RSVP—reasonable, simple, valuable, practical consequences
    • Mistakes, mischief and mayhem
    • Resrorative justice—a productive alternative to suspension
    • Three kinds of schools—brick wall, jellyfish and backbone
    • Keeping your cool without putting your feelings on ice
    • Teaching Through Crisis, helping students in times of loss, grief and change
    • Seven strategies for growing your students brains

    Workshop held in English.

    Workshop 2: The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander
    A powerful way to understand bullying that explains why current approaches to the problem - at home, at school, and in our communities -- have often failed. Barbara debunks the misconceptions and explains what school boards, administrators, teachers, parents, and other caregivers can do to recognize and help bullies and their targets before the violence becomes entrenched or tragically escalates.
    • What the Bully is and isn't
    • The differences and similarities between Boy and Girl bullies
    • The short and long-term impact on the Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander
    • Three apparent psychological advantages that come with contempt allowing kids to harm others without feeling shame, empathy, or compassion
    • Cyber Bullying and its impact
    • Four Antidotes to bullying
    • Warning Signs a student is being bullied
    • The differences between Telling and Tattling; Reporting and Ratting; Teasing and Taunting; Flirting and Sexual Bullying
    • Six Scenes from the tragedy and how to rewrite the script
    • The roles Bystanders play and a healthier alternative
    • It runs in the family: how family dynamics can feed into a cycle of violence or help create larger circles of deep caring
    • The Three P's: Strong antibullying policies, procedures, and programs
    • The difference between Punishment, Rescuing, and Discipline
    • How Community-wide solutions can work effectively.

    Workshop held in English.

    Workshop 3: Just Because It's Not Wrong, Doesn't Make it Right. Helping kids to think and act ethically
    Solid practical advice on how to use the stuff of everyday life to teach students to act with integrity, civility, and compassion. Beginning with the idea that it is in us to care, that we are born with an innate capacity for compassion, Barbara Coloroso shows educators how to nurture and guide student's ethical lives from pre-school through high school using everyday situations at school, in social settings, and in the world at large.
    • How to develop an ethic rooted in deep caring with principles, virtues, and values that are in the service to and at the service of that caring
    • The why and how to teach our students to think and act ethically
    • The possibilities and pitfalls of character education programs
    • Nurturing in students the three antidotes (care deeply, share generously, help willingly) to the virulent agents that are ripping apart the fabric of our human relationships (hating, hoarding, and harming ourselves and others)
    How rigid moral absolutism and shifting moral relativism interfere with raising ethical human beings. Media: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Indifferent - how we can help students use these tools and not be used or consumed by them.

    Workshop held in English.