A Different Approach

This is a four-part on demand series for PreK-12th grade special and general education teachers, related service professionals, paraprofessionals, educational leaders, coaches, and inclusion facilitators ready for a different approach to behaviors that are challenging.

Our on demand sessions are available forever and are co-taught by Dr. Julie Causton, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, and Dr. Kate MacLeod. Each session provides practical strategies for shifting from a “behavior management” mindset (that punishes students for “bad” behavior or rewards students for “good” or “compliant” behavior) to an approach that supports all students—with kindness, creativity, acceptance, and love.

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 Re-Story Challenging Behavior
and Prioritize Relationship

This session guides educators to reframe their understandings of behavior, challenging the concept of “normalcy” and highlighting the critical role of relationships. By recognizing that “bad” behavior often communicates stressors, educators will uncover their unique position in providing meaningful support to students with challenging behaviors.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Understand principles to challenge traditional notions of “normalcy”

  • Gain insight into why behavior is not what it seems

  • Understand your role in supporting students with behaviors that challenge us.


The Science of Behavior:
The Brain, Belonging, & Inclusion

Delve into the fascinating realm of the brain. Here we will unravel the intricate workings of the brain and how our human brain deals with stress. This session explores the powerful connections between inclusion, belonging, and behavior, providing educators with insights and strategies to use to create a safe and inclusive environment where students feel seen, valued, and secure. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Discover what is happening in the brain when students experience challenging behavior. 

  • Explore connections between inclusive education, belonging & behavior.

  • Learn strategies for supporting all students with empathy and compassion.

  • Know how to help students to feel safe, seen, soothed, and have secure attachments.

Rethinking Rewards & Punishments: Innovative Approaches to Successful Supports

This session focuses on transforming behavior management practices to prioritize student well-being and optimal learning. Participants will explore ways to reduce stressors that hinder student learning and discover effective strategies that promote inclusion, positive behavior, and overall student success.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn to identify and reduce stressors that push students out of the zone of optimal learning. 

  • Understand inequitable and problematic behavior management practices and policies 

  • Learn behavior support strategies that create more intrinsic, inclusive and positive outcomes for students

Building Inclusive Partnerships:
Collaboration for Success

This session explores the power of building inclusive partnerships between educators, students, and other stakeholders to provide effective and compassionate behavioral support. Participants will learn collaborative approaches to support  behavior that promote a sense of belonging, engagement, and positive outcomes for all involved parties. This session concludes with self care techniques for yourself.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Identify steps for responding to and supporting students during and after big emotions.

  • Explore a Collaborative Success Planning process to use with students

  • Identify important support and self-care necessary for you to be successful.

Bring the Whole District


that helps all educators
authentically include students using humanistic behavioral supports.


Dr. Julie Causton

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Magical Circle Maker

keynote story teller

prolific author

An inspiring author, speaker, and inclusion advocate, Dr. Julie Causton spent 14 years in Higher Education at Syracuse University before leaving to become the CEO of Inclusive Schooling. She has spent the past 20 years studying best practices for inclusive education. Her dynamic presentations focus on engaging ways to educate learners, regardless of age, ability, and/or location.

Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

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Revolutionary thought leader

Educator's educator

Fierce play advocate

An accomplished author, sought-after speaker, and educator’s educator, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak spent 16 years as a tenured professor in Higher Education at Kent State University before leaving to lead a {r}evolution in early childhood education. She has spent over 50,000 hours teaching adults best practices in early childhood care and education in locations from Cincinnati to Singapore. She’s also been teaching adult learners on-line since 1997.

Dr. Kate MacLeod

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Secondary Education Expert

Equity Advocate

Accessibility wizard

An inclusive teacher, researcher, and author, Dr. Kate MacLeod spent 10 years in Higher Education at Syracuse University and University of Maine inspiring and supporting inclusive secondary teachers. She is founder and consultant at Inclusive Schooling and is an expert in supporting the inclusion of adolescent students with complex support needs.

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Have a question before you join us?


How long will I have access?

You will get lifetime access to the recorded sessions and all the resources. 

What do I need to do to prepare?

No preparation necessary. Come with your biggest challenges around student behavior and we will help you find solutions and support. Feel free to bring your coffee, wear your PJs, heck, have a mimosa. Just be ready to learn about new humanistic ways to support all students and be inspired by what is possible!

We'll invite you to a customized and private dashboard ahead time. You are welcome to explore or just take a peek.

Are there any resources I should get before?

It is recommended that everyone enrolled purchase a copy of Dr. Julie Causton and Dr. Kate MacLeod's book From Behaving to Belonging: The Inclusive Art of Supporting Students Who Challenge Us. If you don’t already have a copy, it is available through Amazon or your favorite book seller.




My district already implements PBIS or Restorative Practices— does that matter?

This course is an excellent complement to strategies and ideas involved in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Restorative Practices in Schools.