PEN Event: The Motivation Breakthrough

There’s a new PEN event on deck in February and it sounds like a good one. I may try to attend this one as well! Check it out if you have a chance. — PMK

The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child

To replace the previously scheduled “Improving Home/School Communication”

The main concern of parents who are raising struggling kids is the child’s seeming “lack of motivation.”  Parents and teachers are often frustrated by the child’s lack of consistent effort at home and in the classroom.  However, few parents or teachers have a repertoire of effective motivational strategies and techniques.  We tend to use a “one size fits all” approach by attempting to motivate all children with one single reward system, star chart or policy.  This seminar presents an innovative and field-tested model that enables teachers and parents to better understand and foster student motivation at all grade levels.

The workshop begins with an exploration of some of the common misconceptions related to student motivation and some of the common strategies that are simply ineffective (competition, reward systems, punishment).  Specific approaches and strategies will then be presented that will enable teachers and parents to motivate students…and maintain that motivation throughout the school year.

This workshop, based on the book by the same name, encourages us to examine and identify each child’s “motivational” style and to design motivational strategies that will inspire the child to reach his or her potential at home and in the classroom.


  • That the participants will understand the three basic truths about motivation.
  • That the participants will re-examine the basic approaches (e.g., competition, punishment, reward systems, etc.) and recognize the relative ineffectiveness of these strategies.
  • That the participant will recognize the six factors that motivate human beings (gregariousness, autonomy, etc.).
  • That the participant will translate these factors into practical, pragmatic strategies for home and school.

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Richard D. Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.: Rick Lavoie served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for 30 years. He holds three degrees in Special Education and two Honorary Doctorates in Education. He has served as a visiting lecturer at numerous universities including Harvard and Georgetown. His frequent national television appearances include The TODAY show, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, Walt Disney Presents and the ABC Evening News.

 Rick is the author of the book, It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success (2005), which addresses the direct link between learning disabilities and social skills issues. Rick’s video, How Difficult Can This Be?  The F.A.T. City Workshop, is one of the most widely distributed films in the educational media.  His newest book and DVD on student motivation,The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child, were featured in USAToday.

Audience:  Parents of students in grades 5th – 12th.  

Rick Lavoie’s books will be available for purchase at this event.

Friday, February 8, 2013
9 am – 11 am
Location: Fort Mason Center, Golden Gate Room, Landmark Building A, Entrance at Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Streets, San Francisco 94123.  

Cost: $20 with PEN membership.

PEN’s Sweazey Family Foundation Speaker Series is a membership-based series of lectures and workshops on various aspects of parenting and educating children with learning and attention difficulties. PEN Membership is only $35/year or $350/lifetime.

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