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It Happens in the Hallway - SINGLE USER


Grades K-12

In this 90-minute strategy-driven webinar, authors and school climate specialists Sam Stecher and Mark Johnson will provide key insights for improving the learning environment school-wide. They will guide attendees through easy-to-implement, field-tested strategies and activities designed to be used weekly with staff and students to change your school climate.

With zero-based budgets, changing testing, transformed curriculums and data-driven accountability, one constant remains…the number of steps each educator takes between his or her vehicle into the school building and back again. With simple adjustments, what each educator does in between those steps can have tremendous impact on student success.

Johnson and Stecher will discuss practical ways to improve student-to-student, educator-to-student and educator-to-educator relationships while gaining buy-in for climate change efforts.  Attendees will leave with strategies in hand to make an impact the very next time you work with staff or students.  Attendees will also receive free access to web-based support to provide continuous strategies, ideas and to help sustain initiatives in the future.

Webinar Highlights Include: 

  • Improving Relationships
  • Four Fundamental Ways of Human Bonding
  • Lessons Learned in Addressing Challenging Student Behavior
  • Enhancing Student Motivation
  • Involving Stakeholders
  • Recruiting Advocates
  • Gaining Student Buy-In
  • Staff Missions
  • Student Missions
  • Parent/Volunteer Missions

Learning Objectives: 

  • Implement school-wide and community-based interventions.
  • Identify best practices to establish healthy relationships between students and staff. 
  • Create a positive environment while managing challenging behaviors. 
  • Apply stakeholder interactions which foster positive school community bonding on a consistent basis. 
  • Participate and foster participation in activities which enhance the school community climate. 

Who Should Attend:

  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • School Psychologists
  • At-Risk Program Coordinators
  • District Guidance Personnel
  • Community-based Social Workers

You Will Also Receive:

To augment the PowerPoint™ presentation and activities, each participant will receive a (PDF) resource packet of the presentation with ideas, reproducible forms, activities and other suggested resources.

About the Presenters:

Mark Johnson began his career as a 5th grade elementary teacher, where he served for twelve years before moving on to become an elementary principal.  He received the Milken Educator Award in 2004 and was also nominated as the New Outstanding Principal for the state of Nebraska in 2011. He currently serves as the Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) President, and sits on the Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA) Board. He travels around the country with his friend, Sam Stecher, and speaks to educators about why they have the best jobs in the whole world.

Sam Stecher is presently Superintendent of East Butler Public Schools in Brainard, Nebraska.  Prior to this endeavor he spent several years as an elementary principal and high school dean of students.  He got his start in education as a teacher as a middle school teacher and coach.  He is also co-founder, with Mark Johnson, of educational consulting firm – which specializes in providing teachers, schools and communities with interventions to foster a positive school culture. Together they authored It Happens in the Hallway, a dynamic account of the ideas and experiences of Mark and Sam as educators. Through entertaining and poignant storytelling they convey how they have achieved powerful and sustainable impact on the culture of the classrooms and communities they have served.


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