Presentation Title

Building Respect and Relationships in Alternative Schools

Brief Biography

Marcus Richardson is the principal at Pleasant Valley Innovative School. The school enrolls students who are volunteers and punitive for discipline. He received an Education Specialist degree from Berry College in 2014 and earned a master in special education from Liberty University.

Marcus has been an educator for more than 9 years working as an inclusion teacher, 6th grade reading/language arts teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal. His desire is to reach as many students as he possibly can and to instill in them they have the potential to become anything they desire. His drive and determination is quality, which help guide his school to graduate 60% of his 2014 seniors and reduce the amount of office referrals from 346 to 36 in one year. He has a love for students’ that tailors relationships of honesty and confidence. One of his favorite items is reading motivational stories to all the students during morning announcements. He encourages them to dream big, to reach for the stars and accomplish the impossible. To quote from Father Flannigan, "There are no bad boys/girls. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example and bad thinking.”

Marcus Richardson is a visionary who sees Pleasant Valley innovative becoming a school of excellence and one day parents anxiously waiting for the beginning of school to learn if their child has been selected to attend Pleasant Valley Innovative.

Highest Degree of Presenter(s)

Marcus Richardson - Ed.Specialist

Jill Rogers - Ed. Specialist

Presentation Abstract

The presentation will provide insights of how teachers are modeling and instructing students on effective use of Boys Town Skills with PBIS and how parents and employers can use these same skills with children or workers.

The skills and rewards implemented have helped reduce the number of office referrals considerably at the school and to a point where over 90% of the students are now volunteers with the school.

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Building Respect and Relationships in Alternative Schools

The presentation will provide insights of how teachers are modeling and instructing students on effective use of Boys Town Skills with PBIS and how parents and employers can use these same skills with children or workers.

The skills and rewards implemented have helped reduce the number of office referrals considerably at the school and to a point where over 90% of the students are now volunteers with the school.