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Tough Love Meets Zero Tolerance Webinar - SINGLE USER


Grades K-12

This engaging 90-minute webinar will reveal the tactics used to create a positive and respectful climate in a large inner-city high school. Presenters Dave Derpak and Chris Parker serve as Principal and Vice Principal of Killarney Secondary School, with more than 2100 students on Vancouver’s east side. 

You will gain insights that can help you create a more positive learning atmosphere in your own school – urban or otherwise.  This presentation will be filled with “how-to's” and real-life examples of success.  It will examine active and systemic supervision with a unique twist called “platooning.”  Derpak and Parker will share a toolbox of ideas that you and your team can implement to create a safe environment that promotes positive actions and uses compassion to repel negative behaviors such as bullying.  

In the two years since Derpak became principal at Killarney Secondary, suspensions are down 30%, absenteeism has been reduced by 30% and tardiness has been cut by 40%. Named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals and recently featured on the front page of one of Canada’s largest newspapers, Derpak was able to reduce absenteeism and tardiness by more than 50% at his previous school — Vancouver Technical.  

Killarney Secondary’s leadership team places a heavy emphasis on tardiness and truancy because their research has shown that these measures are strongly linked to lower academic performance, reduced earning power and increased legal interactions. USA Today recently reported that approximately 7.5 million North American students miss a month or more of school each year.  “The new findings … note that urban schools often have as many as one-third of students chronically absent.”

This webinar will explain the data-driven approach that Derpak and Parker have employed to impact tardiness, truancy, and other key school climate indicators like suspensions and vandalism. Attendees of this webinar will leave with a bundle of “nuts-and-bolts" strategies that can be quickly implemented to help educators become instruments of positive change and to create a learning-focused environment.

Learning Objectives:

In this webinar you will learn:
  • What data you can examine to establish measures of school climate
  • How to apply real-life actions to influence school climate
  • Helpful steps for balancing a caring approach with zero-tolerance policies
  • Ways to maximize time and action to improve attendance and overall conduct
  • The “platooning" approach to effective supervision
  • How to decrease school suspensions by 30% or more.

This webinar will provide handouts and activities to assist you as you process your learning.  These activities will help you make a plan to try these new practices with your students.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Identifying data sources for key school climate indicators
  • Using passion to reset expectations
  • “Incentivizing” desired outcomes
  • Employing technology to reduce vandalism
  • Understanding the connection between tardiness, truancy and learning deficits
  • Using tested strategies for reducing violence in your school and creating a safer learning environment
  • Understanding 5 common mistakes educators make that negatively impact school climate
  • Building upon success for continual improvement
  • Tapping into social media and utilizing other creative communication paths
  • Revealing important do's and don'ts to help you improve school climate.

        Who Should Attend:

        • Principals
        • Administrators
        • Teachers
        • School Counselors
        • School Social Workers
        • Special Education Personnel

        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:


        Dave is in his 13th year as principal and has spent more than 20 years as an educator. He is currently Principal at Killarney Secondary — the largest high school in Vancouver with more than 2100 students and 167 staff. Dave has a firm belief based on experience and detailed research that "school climate" and "caring" will impact the learning environment in any school.  Publications include articles in Principal LeadershipEducational Leadership, Admifo, Middle Ground and MYABC. Dave has just been invited by the People's Republic of China to tour schools in the fall of 2012 to make presentations on current educational practices. He has presented at numerous schools in both Canada and the United States.  Articles about his work have been published in Canadian Living and the Globe and Mail (national newspaper in Canada). In 2010, Dave was named one of Canada's Outstanding Principals. In addition Dave was awarded an Eagle Feather for his work with Aboriginal students in Inner City Vancouver.


        Chris Parker is in his seventh year as a vice-principal and 15th year as an educator. He has served as a teacher of both low-performing alternative education students as well as International Baccalaureate students and found great commonality in how to approach them. He has received provincial funding for research on differentiated instruction and its impact on standardized testing results.