Wabash Valley Education Center

CANCELLED - *Resiliency in the Face of 21st Century Challenges to Student Success

Stressors have always lurked in our schools, threatening students and diverting significant amounts of educators’ time and energy from teaching the academic and life skills that are so crucial for student success. As we travel further into the 21st Century, messages from television, music, and social media represent only a few of the growing threats that surround students’ school and home lives. Experts cite rising rates of student depression and suicide, and threats of verbal and physical harm seem more difficult to quell than ever before. This energy-packed session tackles modern stresses head on, reviewing sources of stress from academics/grades, sports and other activities, social media, friends, family, and more, incorporating an interactive approach that recognizes the limits of educators and parents to protect students from stresses and focuses instead on practical strategies that empower students to become more resilient, finding confidence, intrinsic motivation, and resolve to achieve success regardless of how many times they have fallen short. Those attending will take away inspiring activities and approaches that strengthen students’ sense of purpose and belief in their abilities to overcome their circumstances and pursue success in school and in life. Specific strategies for gifted, average, and struggling students from a wide variety of circumstances will form a foundation, but teachers and administrators attending the session will take an active role in providing specific circumstances from their own experiences as the basis for much of the workshop’s discussion.


Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (lunch on your own)
Cost: $95.00
Location: Wabash Valley Education Center


Jim Kestner is the founder of Excellence in Youth and is nationally recognized for youth development and leadership. For over 30 years, he has taught, conducted research, and partnered with administrators, faculty, parents, and students to empower individuals to realize their potential in their careers and lives. As a public school teacher and coach, university professor and administrator preparing teachers, and consultant developing educational programs and resources for schools, organizations, and businesses, Kestner has built his career around sharing perspectives that translate the best in research and practice into practical strategies and programs that motivate and empower students, educators, and others to overcome roadblocks and make a real difference. His passion, insight, unique perspectives, and mix of humor and compassion have captured the attention of clients such as Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffet, Coretta Scott King, Henry Kissinger, the National Education Association, Horace Mann Insurance Companies, the Abraham Lincoln Institute for Literacy in America, NASA, and several Olympic National Governing Bodies. Kestner and his wife Tami have been married for 24 years and work hard every day to raise their three children with a passion for realizing their potential in life through respect, discipline, and responsibility.


Registration open through 9/15/2017 12:00 PM EST

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Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.

*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana ESC. Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee of twice the amount of the workshop cost.






Wabash Valley Education Center

3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906

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Wabash Valley Education Center
3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906