Grace Dearborn - Conscious Teaching

Conscious Teaching with Grace Dearborn - December 1, 2016

Conscious Teaching: How to Motivate, Manage, and Engage All Students is an interactive workshop that addresses common issues and behaviors that arise when working with students who seem disconnected from school, have difficulty paying attention and/or getting work done. The workshop will give beginning and veteran K-12 teachers dozens of practical “brain-based” strategies that they can use to help get all their students involved and motivated. Participants will leave with their tool kit overflowing with ideas that will help create the classroom environment focused on learning for all.

In this training participants will learn how to:

  • Get and maintain the attention of all students
  • Actively engage students in their learning
  • De-escalate tension and reduce arguing in the classroom
  • Use consequences to teach behavioral lessons rather than to punish
  • Use current research in neuroscience to make strategic instructional decisions

December 1, 2016 - Grace Dearborn of Conscious Classroom - "How to Motivate, Manage, and Engage All Students"

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  • PowerPoint:  Behavior on the Brain  (We are "green" so please make paper copy in advance if you need.)

Time:  8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. with registration and continental breakfast available at 7:30 A.M.

Site:  Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center, 5000 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA  50322 (515.278.0271).  Hotel rooms are available for $55 per night for non-poolside standard rooms.

Food:  Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.  If you have special dietary needs, please contact Becky Martin at

Parking:  Free at the hotel site.

We "go green," so be sure to bring your tablet/computer to access the presenters' handouts and presentation materials.

Dress to learn - and in layers!

Cancellation:  Please note that our cancellation policy is a full refund up to one week in advance of the conference.  After that, you may send another person in your place.

About Grace Dearborn:  Consultant, Teacher Trainer, Mentor, Author, Program Director

Grace Dearborn taught for over a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to being a veteran classroom teacher at multiple grade levels, Grace has also worked as a BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support andScreen Shot 2016-10-26 at 4.02.54 PM.png Assessment) Coordinator, PD Coordinator, Literacy Coach, Curriculum Specialist, Mentor Teacher, and Master Instructional Coach

Grace has written powerful curriculum for elementary and secondary schools that has gained major notoriety. She authored a year-long literacy intervention social studies course in an Oakland, CA high school that resulted in a dramatic increase in state test scores, raising the school’s overall state score by 70 points over two years. She also wrote and taught integrated 10th and 11th grade Humanities curriculums that were highlighted as models in her school’s accreditation review report. Most recently, Grace collaborated on the 5th grade curriculum for a charter school in Richmond, CA.

Currently Grace facilitates workshops for Conscious Teaching on classroom management and brain compatible motivation and engagement. She also trains instructional coaches and mentor teachers across the country, helping them improve their effectiveness working with new and struggling teachers. And she works with new teachers to help them improve their classroom structures and instructional design.

Grace is the co-author of Picture This, a book for K-12 teachers on using visuals to teach and reinforce classroom routines, procedures, and appropriate behaviors. And she is the mother of two boys, who daily put her skills as a behavior specialist to their truest test.

This page was updated on August 19, 2021.