Motivating Hard to Reach, Uninterested, and Disruptive Students:

Practical strategies that work!

  • Learn the number one motivation killer for students in school.
  • Learn how to motivate your students who have given up.
  • Defuse any student at any time, in any situation.

Who Should Attend:

  • Teachers grades K-12
  • Administrators/Principals
  • Special Education Teachers & Directors
  • Para-professionals
  • School Psychologists
  • Social Workers & Counselors

Program Agenda

8:30am Seminar begins

Part 1: When Teaching Gets Tough

  • Encourage and inspire even your most reluctant learners with 5 simple techniques.
  • Discover the most important attitude for success with tough students and 3 can't miss ways to sustain it.

Part 2: Ignite Enthusiasm for Learning

  • Learn the most effective way to get kids to want to change.
  • Do your students complain that things "are not fair?"  I will show you how to never hear your students say these 3 words again!
  • Discover the 2 most important keys to having a motivating classroom and rules that work!
10:15am-10:30am Break

Part 3: Eliminate the Language of Failure

  • Gain dozens of rapid-fire creative teaching strategies guaranteed to motivate and reduce disruptive behavior.
  • Learn 2 concrete strategies to turn around students who literally do nothing.
  • Learn exactly what to say to gain cooperation and support from difficult parents.
12:00-1:00pm Lunch (on your own)

Part 4: Handle Difficult Student Behavior with Proven Interventions

  • Come away with 7 sure-fire ways to rationally and smoothly manage power struggles.
  • If detention and suspension worked the same kids would not always be there!  Discover how to make it hard for kids to get themselves kicked out of your class.
  • Learn to properly and effectively remove a disruptive student so they leave peacefully and want to return.
2:00pm-2:15pm Break

Part 5: Implement the Real Core to Achieve the Common Core

  • Learn & practice the 5 best relationship building strategies including the 2 x 10.
  • Learn how to get your students to support, encourage and motivate each other.
  • Tired of hearing your students says, "when are we ever going to use this?" Discover 3 ways to make your class relevant every day.
  • Get 10 practical tips for getting students to do homework.
  • Learn a dozen easy ways for students to experience real success every day.
3:00pm-3:15pm: Q and A with Dr. Mendler if you want to stay!

Free Webinar Follow up Training

Upon conclusion of this seminar you will receive an email with a link to the free on hour webinar.   What if you are busy the day of the webinar? No problem, you will be able to view the webinar "on demand" for one week. You decide when, where and how often to watch the webinar. You will be able to ask your presenter questions, submit case studies, and clarify techniques and strategies discussed during your workshop.


  • Complimentary copy of our best selling book Motivating Students Left Behind.
  • Complimentary training manual – prepared specifically for your seminar, this manual will compliment the training you will receive
  • Certificate of participation – Upon conclusion of the seminar, you will receive a certificate of participation which may be used to verify hours of attendance for meeting in-service requirements.

Tuition Fee

Registration is $225 per participant. Pay for 3 and a 4th attends free. Pay for 5 and the 6th and 7th attend for free. Call for special group pricing for 8 or more people. If you need us to bill your school, please provide us with a purchase order.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your registration up to 72 hours in advance and we will issue a refund for the full amount. Cancellation notices received in our office less than 72 hours prior to the seminar will be refunded less a $30 service charge. Paid registrations are transferable. If you don't attend and don't cancel, you are still responsible for payment.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

If you are not completely satisfied with this seminar, we will refund your entire tuition fee.


You will receive a confirmation email 5-7 business days prior to the seminar. If you do not receive this confirmation email, please call our office at 1-800-772-5227. If you register for the seminar after this time frame, your confirmation will be verbal only.

Walk-in Registration

We do accept walk-in registrations. Walk-in registrants must have a purchase order or present another method of payment. No cash please.

Registration Table

On-site registration and coffee and tea service begins at 7:45AM. The seminar promptly begins at 8:30AM.

Video and Audio Taping

Video and Audio taping are not permitted with our seminars. However, our staff photographer may take pictures at our events. These photos may be used in future publications and our website. Please let our photographer know if you do not wish to be photographed.

Hotel Info
Hotel:Holiday Inn OKC Airport
City:Oklahoma City
Address:4401 SW 15th St.
Parking:Free Parking
Directions Link:click here

Credit Info

5 Contact Hours. Please check with local district for advanced approval for state credit. Contact hours are based on instructional time only and do not include breaks or the lunch break.

University Semester Credit Option

Semester hours, from University of the Pacific, Center for Professional and Continuing Education. $62 per credit.  Acceptable to most participants, including many on district funding or release time, as credit is awarded for additional, "Teacher-Friendly"TM, follow-up activities.  For Graduate Professional Development participants NOT pursuing an advanced degree at UOP. Enroll at the seminar, except in CT, NJ, OH, PA and WI.  Credit for seminars in these states, or for other UOP credit questions ONLY, call (800) 479-1995. 

Social Worker Credit

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (provider #886542320) for 5 continuing education contact hours.

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Teacher Learning Center :: Newsletter

Outstanding seminar! You are a great inspiration to all educators. I hope you will be in the area again so more teachers can attend
Pete Van Maren
Assistant Principal
Corpus Christi, TX

Fun, entertaining day with lots of usuable information to use in a variety of situations. Good tips I can start using tomorrow.
Jeanine Zitta
Assistant Principal
St. Louis, MO

Excellent speaker! Wonderful sense of humor and realistic views and strategies.
Christine Ponce
Pittsburgh, PA

Wonderful, informative, motivating presentation - renewing!
Sue Talaber
Special Education Teacher
Syracuse, NY

By far one of the best seminars I have ever been to. Dr. Mendler gave wonderful idea, real-life examples, and do-able solutions! He is a fantastic speaker.
April Rombach
St. Louis, MO

Great speaking voice and passion. Great use of examples. Very helpful!
Alicia Mercer
High School English Teacher
Springfield, MO

Wonderful voice, great enthusiasm, and great examples placed with the strategies. The stategies and implementation are realistic in today's classroom. I obtained more ideas that I can use from this conference than any other so far.
Sonya Fisher
Springfield, MO

"I enjoyed the REAL strategies that I can start using now! I am leaving feeling in control of my classroom. Thank you."
Natalie Ortega
El Paso, Texas

"Dr. Mendler offers practical strategies in an enjoyable way for motivating and managing even your most difficult students. I highly recommend attending this seminar."
Dr. Larry Brendtro
Founder of Reclaiming Youth International

"The best seminar I have ever attended! I enjoyed the strategies that I can actually use tomorrow."
Stephanie Alexander
Little Rock, Arkansas

I enjoyed the entire seminar. Best I have ever attended. It made sense & was realistic.
Rebecca Trakula
Health Educator
Harrisburg, PA

"Dr. Mendler knows the problems that teachers face and has great strategies to use for you and your students to flourish in the classroom."
Linda Gunning
Merrilville, Indiana

Great humor...kept me engaged the whole time. This was a great conference!
Elizabeth King
Suffield, CT

"Throughout my five years teaching, you are by far the best presenter I have ever heard. You are outgoing, and I enjoyed learning and listening."
Elena Leal
3rd Grade Teacher
Corpus Christi, TX

"Great job! Entertaining and valuable!"
Ardyth Bednarz
Middle School Math Teacher
Providence, RI

"This was the most practical and beneficial seminar I have ever attended! It made me a better teacher in one day!"
Jessica Thomas
6th Grade Teacher
Kansas City, MO

"I would travel anywhere and pay anything to hear him again!"
Karen Golden
HS Special Education Teacher
Albany, NY

"Your enthusiasm is wonderful and motivating in itself. Thank you for sharing your knowledge."
Carie Weymouth
7th Grade Literacy/Social Studies
Portland, ME

"Dr. Mendler was well spoken. He was great! I really enjoyed the message he put out. I love the singing!"
Jada Waters
Educational Advisor Coordinator
Hartford, CT

"I only wish we had more time so I could hear more of your ideas and strategies."
Jennifer Madden
Math Teacher
Asheville, NC

"Dr. Mendler was a wonderful, motivating speaker. He kept my interest and motivated me to try these strategies in class. I didn't want the seminar to end. Tell me more!"
Meggen Devlin
3rd Grade Teacher
Roanoke, VA

"The material was presented in a fun and interesting manner. My attention was maintained throughout the workshop."
Dawn Haddock
Family and Consumer Science Teacher
Portsmouth, NH

"I appreciated the aspect of humor to your lecture. It was very informative, worthwhile, and supportive of several initiatives in my school district."
Bella Ellis
7th Grade LS Reading & Co-teacher
Pittsburgh, PA

"Wow great ideas! You have energized me again. Thanks."
Carol Meyer
Special Education Teacher
Buffalo, NY

"A humorous and articulate speaker full of education-related anecdotes and wisdom for encouraging and motivating students and diffusing problem situations."
Mary Lynn Somers
ESL Teacher
Charlotte, NC

"Great job! It is great to hear proven strategies by someone who has actually used them."
Joe Gagliardo
5th Grade Teacher
San Antonio, TX

"Great speaking voice and passion! Great job with very good use of examples. The seminar was very helpful!"
Alicia Mercer
H.S. English
Springfield, MO

"Enjoyed your insight and energy. The day flew by. Thank you!"
Derek Swenson
Assistant Principal
Providence, RI

"Very passionate about the topic. Well done!"
Jack Campbell
Cherry Hill, NJ

"Many of your examples really hit home with me. You have some really great strategies! Thank you!!"
Pamela Konwinski
EC Teacher - Special Educator
Greensboro, NC

"Awesome speaker with good advice and a good personality. I had a good time as was not bored at all. Thanks!"
Tim Mucher
P.E. Teacher
Portsmouth, NH

"Awesome! I wish I could be mentored by you! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!"
Bryan Dellinger
Youth Minister
Roanoke, VA

"You have a wonderful presentation style! I am grateful for your gentle but energy-filled presentation."
Dr. Jennifer M. Ritter
Assistant Principal
Erie, PA

"You really got our teachers thinking/reflecting. We need to try something different with the types of students we have."
Donna Simmons
Syracuse, NY

"Great energy! Very engaging and motivating! Reenergizes you to persevere with difficult kids."
Liz Kania
Guidance Counselor
Cherry Hill, NJ