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Jane Bluestein

Teacher, Mentor and Crisis-Intervention Counselor

Dr. Jane Bluestein has worked with thousands of educators and parents on the topic of positive adult-child relationships, particularly with regard to children at risk.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA


The Win-Win Classroom
When it comes to student behavior challenges in the classroom, conventional practices and punitive discipline codes often fail to motivate students to change their attitudes or behavior. Old win-lose patterns (whether authoritarian or permissive) often do little more than add fuel to the fire. Jane presents an effective alternative approach to successfully preventing discipline problems, building student accountability, and ending frustrating power struggles with kids of all ages. She presents practical, powerful, and effective strategies to help you establish win-win authority relationships.

Conflict in the Classroom
This keynote presents effective, practical ways to prevent and resolve conflicts with everyone in your professional life! We’ll explore strategies for dealing with conflicts with students, parents, and peers, plus techniques for building respect and a sense of community, helping others solve problems and take care of themselves in peaceful and mutually-respectful ways. Topics include boundaries and problem ownership, stress and defensiveness, expectations and assumptions, student self-management, interpersonal dynamics and patterns that affect the school climate, building a positive social culture, dealing with biases and bullying, building emotional intelligence, strengthening alliances with parents, and techniques for creating win-win solutions.

Creating Emotionally Safe Schools
Emotional safety is critical to learning and achievement, and a key component of an atmosphere that discourages passivity, aggression or acting out for revenge or self-protection. This program examines the effect of threat and stress on the brain, and its impact on learning and student behavior. Jane looks at the kinds of behaviors kids (and adults) often use to create safety and how these behaviors sometimes interfere with learning and achievement.

Secrets of Successful Mentorship
If you are fortunate enough to be a mentor, whether to a colleague, a trainee, a newcomer to your field, or a child in your life, there are certain beliefs and behaviors that will make you more effective in your role. Jane offers practical suggestions for encouraging, inspiring, envisioning, guiding, accepting, facilitating, maintaining standards and values, expanding current reality, supporting and, when necessary, detaching and letting go—skills appropriate for educators, administrators, parents, counselors, support staff, community members, employers, and anyone who works in a leadership capacity.

Being a Successful Teacher
What does it take to be a successful teacher? Whether developing effective discipline and instructional techniques or building positive relationship with students, parents, administrators, and colleagues, great teaching can be a pretty sophisticated balancing act! Topics include discipline issues and power dynamics, success orientation, building a positive classroom culture, effective assessment, planning and pacing, various grouping techniques, accommodating a wide range of abilities and learning preferences, dealing with feelings and conflicts, motivation techniques, intervening negative behavior without compromising the emotional climate of the classroom, modeling, communication and self-care.

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Customized Workshops

All of Dr. Bluestein's programs are customizable (topics, scope, grade level, length) to meet specific goals and needs. They are available in Workshop or Keynote format.

  • Very lively, entertaining, motivating! I especially appreciate how you bounced from examples pertaining to primary classes to examples relevant to high school. This session was appropriate for all teachers.

    - Mentor Teacher, San Francisco, CA
  • I sent two of my most difficult-to-please teachers to your workshop. Not only did they actually stay for the entire day, but they came back excited about what they learned!

    - Principal, Chicago, IL
  • The feedback from staff has been overwhelmingly positive. You are a very dynamic speaker and your classroom strategies are so useful for all disciplines working with our student population.

    - Special Education Conference Coordinator, Goshen, NY
  • Dr. Bluestein was motivating and informative. Her expertise was evident in her presentation as well as in her ability to answer questions effectively and keep the audience engaged.

    - English Teacher, Manahawkin, NJ
  • I have never been so inspired to be a better teacher then I have by listening to Jane. She is so down-to-earth, and leads by example. She is incredible, as she has drawn from many experiences to help the teachers—and more importantly, the students.

    - Grade 1 teacher, Hay Lakes, AB, Canada
  • This workshop helped to rekindle my passion for teaching.

    - Teacher, Niskayuna, NY
  • What a communicator! Real, powerful, solid and so necessary to change what isn’t working. Never stop spreading this information!

    - Kindergarten Teacher, Tuxedo, NY
  • Jane was amazing!!! The symposium participants loved her message. Thank you so much for the recommendation. We are seriously considering getting her for next year's symposium.

    - Education Quality & Accountability Office

Summary Profile

A dynamic and entertaining speaker, Dr. Bluestein has worked with thousands of educators, counselors, healthcare professionals, parents, childcare workers and other community members world-wide. She has appeared internationally as a speaker and talk-show guest, including several appearances as a guest expert on CNN, National Public Radio and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Dr. Bluestein specializes in programs and resources geared to provide practical and meaningful information, training and hope in areas related to relationship building, effective instruction and guidance, and personal development. Much of her work focuses on interactions between adults and children, especially children at risk. Her down-to earth speaking style, practicality, sense of humor, and numerous stories and examples make her ideas clear and accessible to her audiences.

Jane is an award-winning author whose books include Creating Emotionally Safe Schools; High School’s Not Forever; 21st Century Discipline; Being a Successful Teacher; Parents, Teens, & Boundaries; The Parent’s Little Book of Lists: Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Parenting; Mentors, Masters, and Mrs. McGregor: Stories of Teachers Making a Difference, and Magic, Miracles & Synchronicity: A Journal of Gratitude and Awareness. Dr. Bluestein’s latest book is entitled The Win-Win Classroom.

Formerly a classroom teacher (in inner-city Pittsburgh, PA), crisis-intervention counselor, teacher training program coordinator, and volunteer with high-risk teens at a local Day Treatment Program, Dr. Bluestein currently heads Instructional Support Services, Inc., a consulting and resource firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Her words will touch your heart; her ideas will change your life.

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