[semester equivalent = 2.00 credits]



Michael Sedler



School systems have been very visible in their attempts to work with high risk children, areas of specific concern surround aggression and out of control behaviors.  This class will investigate social, emotional and environmental factors that impact students.  Specific, and proven, strategies for de-escalation and teaching students alternative behaviors will be presented.  As an educator, we do not need to be intimidated by the words "At Risk", "High Risk" or "Out of Control".  During the study of this course, each person will learn effective strategies that will immediately transfer into the school system.  Upon the conclusion of this course, each person will have a clearer direction in intervening with difficult students and feel more confident in approaching these students.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

     1. Listed factors that increase the probability of acting out behaviors.
     2. Explained and understand the verbal continuum patterns in escalating behaviors.
     3. Differentiated between verbal and nonverbal cues as well as identifying intervention strategies.
     4. Analyzed a case study and effectively described escalating behaviors and precursors to the behavior.
     5. Written an effective behavior programs for students
     6. Have an increased understanding and repertoire in communicating with aggressive students.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit.  The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit. 


Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



Chosen text from Bibliography plus all handout materials, case study, and samples.
Text may be purchased directly from publishing companies.

None. All reading is online.


Once you register, log onto the instructorʼs website at Click on Classes, then scroll down and click on Understanding & Connecting with Aggressive Students manual. The manual will download as a PDF file to your computer.



Assignment #1: Read a Book.

Read a book from the Bibliography or one of you choice with the instructorʼs approval. Write a 2-3 page summary of the text. 
If taking this course in a group, each person should read a book.  Only one person needs to write a 2 page summary. 
  Send to instructor: Subject line to read ʻAggressive #1.ʼ

Assignment #2: Complete Required Pages In the Manual.

Read all materials enclosed in the packet and complete all pages that say “Send To Instructor.”
  Send to instructor: Subject line to read ʻAggressive #2.ʼ

Assignment #3: Difficult Person.

Complete “Who is the difficult person?” form.
  Send to instructor: Subject line to read ʻAggressive #3.ʼ

Assignment #4: Student Candidate.

Choose one student as a "focus" for the class.
  To maintain privacy, please do not refer to students in your paper by their actual name, but rather use an   alias or designation such as “Student A.”

Assignment #5: Child Study.

Read the file of student(s) chosen, interview other teachers who have had the student, and gain any  other information possible.

Assignment #6: Behavior Management Plan.

Write 2-3 page behavior management plan for the student. Sample programs are enclosed. You do not need to follow the sample outlines, they are only suggestions.
  Send a copy to instructor: Subject line to read ʻAggressive #6.ʼ



In this section you will apply your learning to your professional situation.  This course assumes that most participants are classroom teachers who have access to students.  If you are not teaching in a classroom, please contact the instructor for course modifications.  If you are a classroom teacher and start or need to complete this course during the summer, please try to apply your ideas when possible with youth from your neighborhood, at a local public library or parks department facility,  (they will often be glad to sponsor community-based learning), or with students in another teacher’s summer classroom in session.

Assignment #7: Weekly Meeting.

Meet with a fellow educator on a weekly basis (for a three week period) and discuss problematic behaviors in the classroom.  Specifically focus on aggression and disruptive actions.

Assignment #8: Final Write-Up.

Write a 2-3 page final paper on your student. Include modifications made to program, insights, suggestions, what worked, what didn't, etc. Be sure to include the history and analysis of student.
Send to instructor: Subject line to read ʻAggressive 9.ʼ

Assignment #9: Lesson Development.

Assignment #9:  You must choose either “A” or “B”  (Required for 400 and 500 Level) 
Assignment #A: (SEND commentary to Instructor)
Develop a lesson to reflect what you’ve learned in this course.
Implement your lesson with students in your classroom.
Write a 2 page commentary on what worked well and what could be improved.
Include any student feedback on your lesson.
(The following is encouraged but not required):
Share what you’ve learned with other teachers taking our courses by also contributing your Lesson to The Heritage Institute Lesson Library located at
Assignment #B:  (SEND lesson and summary to Instructor)  Use this option if you do not have a classroom available.
Develop a lesson to reflect what you’ve learned in this course. (Do not implement it.)
Write a 2 page summary concerning any noteworthy success you’ve had as a teacher with one or more students.
(The following is encouraged but not required):
Please refer to the guidelines on our blog prior to writing your article.
Please email a copy to Rebecca Blankinship ( THI blog curator and media specialist. 
Indicate whether or not you are OK with having your article considered for publishing on our website. 
Subject line to read: (Course Name, Blog)
Send to instructor:, Subject Line to read ‘Aggressive  #9 (A or B.)ʼ

Assignment #10: (500 Level only)

In addition to the 400 level assignments, complete one (1) of the following assignment options:
Option A) Consult with a fellow educator on one of their students. Write a 2-3 page summary of suggestions.
Send to instructor: Subject line to read ʻAggressive 10-A.ʼ
Option B) Another assignment of your own design with the instructorʼs prior approval.
Send to instructor: Subject line to read ʻAggressive 10-B.ʼ


Assignment #11: (Required for 400 and 500 Level)

(Please do not write this paper until you've completed all of your other assignments)

  1. What did you learn vs. what you expected to learn from this course?
  2. What aspects of the course were most helpful and why?
  3. What further knowledge and skills in this general area do you feel you need?
  4. How, when and where will you use what you have learned?
  5. How and with what other school or community members might you share what you learned?

Send to your instructor at their email address. Subject line to read  "(put course name here) Integration Paper"


Please indicate by email to the instructor if you would like to receive comments on your assignments.


Mike Sedler, D.Min., M.S.W. brings over 30 years of educational experience as an administrator, social worker, behavior specialist and teacher to each of his classes.  

He provides consultation services and seminars throughout the United States and Canada for schools, agencies and businesses.  He has been teaching “adult learning classes” since the mid 1980’s and has had the privilege of working for The Heritage Institute for over 25 years. 

He has a graduate degree in Social Work, a Doctoral degree in Ministry, a Counseling license, as well as his teaching certification (K-8).  His combination of classroom experience, behavior intervention approaches, and involvement in working with hundreds of families allows for an excellent blend in all his classes.

Mike is passionate about children and emphasizes the importance of avoiding power struggles, offering options/choices to children, setting clear boundaries and guidelines as well as finding a place of positive engagement and connection with each individual.  His heart for people and emphasis on positive communication are found throughout his seminars and classes.

All of Mike’s classes are practical and “field tested” in schools and classrooms. Educators have found ongoing success in implementing Mike’s clear and concise approaches.



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