Students in Distress: Crises in the Classroom

Presented by: United Faculty of Miami Dade College and
MDC College Training and Development

Course ID - CTD0920
Short Title: Classroom Crises

 Audience   Faculty 
Length of Workshop:      7.5 hours  (6 hours plus 1.5 pre-reading)

College faculty are often faced with problems that students in distress create in their classrooms. Sometimes, safety issues arise which faculty have little or no experience handling. "Students in Distress: Crises in the Classroom" will explore the issues that privacy laws bring to question with regard to student's right to privacy and the College's "need for knowledge" about students' emotional well-being, in order to prevent tragedy. Participants will explore scenarios addressing student distress and crises that faculty have faced or are likely to face at some time in the course of their teaching careers. Professor Charles R. Clarke of Monroe Community College will begin the session with a keynote address: "Dancing with Academic Demons - Managing Disruptive Students". He will be joined by MDC faculty panel participants followed by break-out sessions in which faculty will discuss and find solutions to scenarios involving students in distress and crises. Panel participants will provide feedback on the audience generated solutions to the scenarios.

* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.

Pre-reading Assignments - In order to fully participate in this interactive day of panel discussions and breakout sessions, it important that you review the pre-readings which consist of a rich compilation of articles and procedures. --“How Disruptive Students Escalate Hostility and Disorder, and How Teachers Can Avoid It.” --Vignette on bullying. “Helping Students in Distress” University of Maryland article with templates on different Distress scenarios and how to de-escalate them. Oklahoma State University brief counseling guide that includes “behavioral cues” of students in distress and brief recommendations for intervention and when to refer. George Mason University--concise listing of behavioral cues and also safety-threatening cues. from US Dept. of Education “Balancing Student Privacy and School Safety: A Guide to the Family Educational Guides and Rights to Privacy Act.” Charles R. Clarke “Should Colleges Seek More Disclosure…” “Safe and Sound”

Classroom control for College and Professional School Teachers

This website focuses on classroom control beyond the high school level. The faculty author has learned College classroom control techniques through trial and error. These ideas and techniques are shared with the intention of sparing you, the college or professional school instructor, some of his past grief.
Classroom Management Strategies – California Community Colleges
Situations within the college classroom do occasionally occur that lead us to seek out advice in order to maintain the learning environment for students. The intent of this site is to suggest preventative strategies and practical solutions for specific classroom problems
MDC Student Code of Conduct
Procedure 4025
MDC Student Disciplinary Procedures
MDC Accommodations Provided for Students with Disabilities
Procedure 4050
MDC Psychological Assessment
Procedure 4060
MDC Release of Student Information
Procedure 4085
MDC Students Rights and Responsibilities


As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how privacy laws impact implementation of safety policies and procedures at MDC
  • Identify what College procedures and what Sections of the Student's Rights and Responsibilities Handbook address students in distress and classroom disturbances
  • Identify the appropriate College procedure for alerting MDC that crisis intervention may be needed and report these situations to appropriate College personnel
  • Describe the cues that indicate a student in distress
  • Identify when to intervene and to implement interventional strategies in various crisis situations
  • List and describe some successful ways to de-escalate conflicts, especially anger, in the classroom
  • Identify the elements necessary to construct a personal "classroom safety plan"



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Registration information
Course ID: CTD0920  
Course Title: Classroom Crises  
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

Registration for CT&D workshops are through the Student Information and Registration system.  The process for registering for a CTD workshop will be the same as registering for a regular class at MDC.  

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