Motivating Unmotivated Students

How to Work with Angry Kids Who Just Don't Care

"Motivating Unmotivated Students"

A must-see professional development program for anyone working with youth.


Programs Designed for Education, Juvenile Justice, and Mental Health Professionals.

Programs: 2-4 hours, 45 to 60 Minute Main Talk, Interactive Sessions, and Exercises


About The Program

This program is designed for educators, administrators, juvenile justice and mental health professionals and is presented by Ron Glodoski, dynamic nationally recognized speaker and author of the highly acclaimed book, How to Be A Successful Criminal: The Real Deal on Crime, Drugs and Easy Money.  This powerful professional development program includes a 60-minute main presentation, interactive sessions, and individual and group exercises which include 10 Steps for How to Work with Kids Most At-Risk, and 5 Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies.


Reinforces RTI Behavior Intervention Strategies

Because schools exist for all students to have an equal opportunity to obtain their highest level of academic achievement, consideration must be given to different learning styles, cultural diversity, the school environment and a multitude of problems that inhibit learning.  Schools must also have some effective means of measuring their performance in accomplishing their mission.



  • Literacy Issues
  • Learned Behaviors - prejudices, attitudes
  • Peer Pressures - 50's vs. now
  • Gangs - if kids knew the real deal they wouldn't join
  • Alcohol & Drug abuse
  • Learning Styles - why teaching some students may seem hard
  • Bullying, Fighting and Teasing
  • How to Bond with Kids
  • Choices and Decision Making
  • Impact of Positive and Negative Labels
  • Effect of Verbal Abuse - by parents, peers and staff
  • Health Realization - thoughts create reality

Objectives (You'll Gain)

  • Practical classroom tools
  • Methods for connecting with at-risk kids
  • Insight into the hearts and minds of kids
  • Program Effectiveness Measurement tool
  • Character development
  • A renewed sense of purpose
  • Understanding what is stopping kids from learning and achieving their graduation requirements
  • Team building
  • Alternative choices for kids making destructive decisions


"It gives me a great deal of pleasure to finally recommend something that I believe to have a powerful impact on our youth, and that will serve as a contribution in making a difference in the lives of many... Do it for yourself and for your children... if not your own, for your community and the sanity of the world." 

Nancy Randall Dana, Superintendent

St. Paul, Minnesota


Motivating Unmotivated Students – Topic Overview

Team Building

Ron Glodoski enables the members of a group to clarify team goals, and identify individual and group issues which are blocks to reaching these goals.  He then empowers each member of the group to take ownership of these blocks, which leads to their removal and ultimate achievement of an effective team dynamic.


Learned Behaviors & Diversity Issues

We are all born innocent. We were taught prejudices, racism, violence, self-defeating attitudes and self-limiting beliefs. Attitudes prevent us from being what we can be. Identify personal attitudes and issues that may be keeping kids stuck in patterns of violence, substance abuse, and destructive decision-making.


Bullying, Teasing and Name-Calling

We are all aware of the harm of physical and sexual abuse, but few people ever talk about the impact of verbal abuse. Sticks and stones and bullets can harm the body. Find out how abusive words destroy your child's spirit. Discuss the correlation between verbal abuse and violent behavior, drug and alcohol dependency and other destructive decisions.


Health Realization

Understand what is stopping kids from learning and achieving their graduation requirements. Change your way of thinking - your thoughts create your reality. Alternative choices for kids making destructive decisions.


Peer Pressure

What kind of stress and pressures are kids living with each day? What impact do choices today have on our future? How hard is it to say no - with friends is it almost impossible? Do kid's friends support their goals and dreams for their future? Peer Pressure - the 50's verse the now.


Learning Styles and Habits

People learn in different ways - by seeing, hearing, or doing. The way we learn can determine our strengths and weaknesses. Understanding the different styles and their impact on how we perceive and interact with our environment helps improve communication skills. Labeling brings one down. Labels communicate limitations and set expectations. Learn how to appreciate and understand our differences.


Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Abuse

Educators will discover the reality and understand: 

  • Why their students turn to drugs and alcohol
  • What addictive behavior is and how to recognize the warning signs
  • How dangerous it is to think it can never happen to me
  • How glorification of negative behavior and lifestyles in the media contributes to unhealthy choices



Find out why kids are joining gangs. Recognize some basic gang identifiers. Discover things you can do to put gangs out of business. How can kids get out of gangs?


Connecting With Kids

Ron provides a fresh perspective on how kids think, and insight into the decision making process of at-risk children.  This program includes interactive workshops, discussion of abuse issues, learning styles, and self-defeating learned behaviors (i.e., diversity and racial issues).  A favorite!  This program has also been consistently identified by professionals all over the country as "The best staff development program we've ever had!"



We take state standards and testing very seriously. Our goal is to assist you with bringing the bottom 25% achievement ratings up to the mid-range level.  Kids should have knowledge and skills with realistic expectations to build upon.  As a child, Ron was a typical underachiever.  He graduated from high school with a fourth grade reading level and a one poin GPA.  Hear Ron share how, at age 33, he was able to overcome his literacy problems and attain a college grade point average of 3.4.  Ron's book is being used in upper elementary level through high school classrooms.  Our results show that many underachievers are improving reading scores, often by grade levels at a time.


Safe Schools

Safety is a huge challenge today.  Ron addresses multiple issues involved in student behaviors, which contribute to the quality of the school environment.  In this program, he provides valuable information on how thoughts create reality; gangs; impact of verbal abuse by peers, parents or staff; conflict resolution; peer mediation; harassment; bullying, teasing and basic respect; and tobacco, drug and alcohol abuse, and abuse prevention.



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Response to Intervention

  • Classwide interventions
  • How to do things “differently”
  • Solutions for positive behavior intercventions that address at risk students
  • How to manage consequences
  • Preserve a positive classroom climate


Department of Public Instruction - Education Goals and Academic Standards

  • Focus on academic achievement
  • Set high expectations for students and schools
  • Address the needs of all students
  • Promote collaboration within school and the community
  • Establish a climate of respect
  • Provide an active learning environment
  • Meet the needs of professional staff
  • Establish family partnerships


Character Counts - The Six Pillars Of Character

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Trustworthiness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship


Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets For Healthy Youth

  • Caring school environment
  • Parent Involvement in schooling
  • Safety
  • Establish a climate of respect
  • School boundaries
  • Adult role models
  • Positive peer influence
  • High expectation


National Office Of Safe and Drug Free Schools - Principles of Effectiveness

  • Effective, comprehensive prevention ATOD effort
  • ATOD prevention as basic integrated permanent part of education program
  • Promote non-use ATOD
  • Address the needs and causes of ATOD abuse
  • Change day to day norms of experience for young people
  • Responsive to the complex needs and circumstances in young people's lives
  • Initiatives match the unique cultural and social characteristics of school and community
  • Help youth learn what to embrace rather than simply reject
  • Address the attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviors of adults
  • Partnerships between schools and community
  • Research and practice
  • Evaluation