3-Day Institute

University of Delaware- Alternate Routes

to Certification

Dates:  July 11, 12, 13, 2017

Title:   PATHWAYS TO POTENTIALCreating Positive Learning Environments for All StudentsWhat “Turnaround Teachers” and Schools Do Differently

This 3-day interactive workshop will allow teachers to step back and reflect on their current classroom practices.  During the 3 days participants will explore the current context they live and teach in, will examine the current neuroscience of teaching and learning, will learn classroom leadership and management strategies that match what we currently know about the brain, will introduce trauma informed practices and will examine the resiliency research concerning best classroom/school practices working with students “at-risk”.

This 3-day institute will be highly interactive, and participants will learn through group discussions, documentaries, short video clips and reflective activities.


Michael McKnight is currently an educational specialist for the New Jersey Department of Education working in the Cape May and Atlantic County Offices.  His work includes curriculum development, county testing coordination, professional development, and monitoring of district programs.

Prior to joining the department of education Michael worked for 23 years with “at-risk” students. Michael was a special education teacher for 13 years working with emotionally and behaviorally troubled adolescents. He also was an administrator at the Atlantic County Special Services School District for 10 years and was part of a team responsible for creating and administering programs for troubled students, ages 5-21 years, who had been removed from the local school district for emotional and behavioral problems.

McKnight has a passion for creating and supporting Reclaiming Environments for “at-risk” children and youth as well as the adults who serve them.  He has an M.A. in Special Education with a concentration in behaviorally troubled children and youth. McKnight is also a senior trainer for the Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) Institute. LSCI is an advanced therapeutic strategy created by Nicholas Long for helping challenging students.

He has been involved with program and staff development for over 30 years. He views himself, not as an expert, but as a learner and a teacher who has always enjoyed building strength based cultures with others.  Michael’s latest project was co-authoring a book with Dr. Lori Desautels, Unwritten The Story of A Living System: A Pathway to Enlivening and Transforming Education.