ABOUT EP

Empowering Programs started in 1986. Scott was a preschool teacher and enjoyed presenting evening parent workshops. Over the next eighteen years the presentations grew to a full time profession. Scott currently performs more than 150 sessions each year throughout North America.

BIOGRAPHY

Scott has been professionally working, playing, writing and talking about children for thirty years. He teaches a graduate level course in "Challenging Behaviors," and an undergraduate course in "Positive Discipline." Scott's first book "Positive Discipline - That Works!" is in its fourth publishing. His second book, "Intentional Language" was released in the fall of 2003. His newest reader, "This Child is Driving Us Crazy - What Should We Do?" helps adults develop an effective behavior plan for children with feisty behaviors.

Scott's background includes being,

  • a primary careprovider for abused and neglected children
  • a lead teacher in a parent cooperative
  • a nonprofit childcare center director
  • a state sponsored Child Sexual Assault Prevention trainer
  • a childcare training specialist
  • an Early Childhood Master Professional, workshop trainer endorsement, in New Hampshire
  • a certified instructor for Vermont Northern Lights Career Development Center

He is the recipient of several awards,

  • Gwen and Henry Morgan Award - 2012
  • Distinguished Service Award 2008 - VAEYC
  • Children & Family Services Commissioner's Community Award
  • Provider Recognition Award - Commitment to Offering an Enriched Environment for Young Children
  • Provider Recognition Award - Provider Advocacy
  • Provider Recognition Award - Commitment to Professional Growth in Child Care

Recent highlights include:

  • Presenter - Vermont Birth to Three, Brain Development - 2012 - 2014
  • Keynote - Tri-State Child Nutrition Conference, Killington Resort, Killington, VT, Feeding the Developing Brain - 2014
  • Presenter - ESPN Kids, Bristol, CT - 2014
  • Presenter - Vermont Birth to Three, Mentor Pedagogy, 2012 - 2014
  • Presenter - Child Care Licensing Training, Buffalo, NY - 2013
  • Keynote - Child Care of the Berkshires - North Adams, MA - 2012
  • Featured Presenter - Child Care Aware NH, Rivier University, Nashua, NH - 2012
  • Keynote - North Country Child Care Conference, Lake Placid, NY - 2010, 2012
  • Keynote - CHILD Conference, Lowell, MA - 2012 - 2014
  • Presenter - Northeast Kingdom Initiative AmeriCorps, Lyndonville, VT - 2012
  • Presenter - The Conservative Synagogue of Westport Preschool, Westport, CT - 2012
  • Keynote - New England Resort Care Conference, Smugglers' Notch, VT - 2011
  • Presenter - VAEYC Conference, Killington, VT - 2011 - 2013
  • Featured Presenter - Bright Horizons Conference, Stonington, CT - 2011
  • Presenter - Vermont Recreation and Parks, Governor's Conference, Fairlee, VT - 2011, 2013
  • Presenter - Child Care Project, Dartmouth, Hanover, NH - 2011, 2012
  • Presenter - NAEYC's 2009 Annual Conference - Washington, D.C.
  • Co-Presenter - National Institute for Early Childhood Development - Charlotte, NC - 2009
  • Keynote - Rhode Island's Childspan Conference - 2010
  • Keynote - Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children - 2009
  • NH Water Safety Trainer - Prevention of Drowning in Childhood - 2004 - 2012
  • Keynote - Family Child Care Association of NY - 2009
  • Institute Trainer - Professionalism, Leadership & Team Building, Williston, VT - 2010
  • Keynote - Childhood Conversations, Windsor, CT - 2010
  • Classroom Management Consultant - Stratford School, Stratford, NH - 2010
  • Institute Trainer - John Stalker, Management Institute - Framingham, MA - 2004 - 2014
  • Keynote - SERC Early Childhood Conference, Crownwell, CT - 2009
  • Keynote - Early Learning NH - 2008
  • Featured Speaker - VAEYC - 2008 - 2013
  • Featured Speaker - Beaufort County First Steps, Hilton Head, SC - 2008
  • Featured Speaker - Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation, Augusta, ME - 2008
  • Featured Speaker - Augusta, ME - 2008
  • Keynote - CT After School Network - 2008
  • Featured Speaker - City of Augusta Childcare Bureau, Augusta, ME - 2008
  • Keynote / Featured Speaker - Resort Child Care of New England - 2002-2008
  • Featured Speaker - Bright Horizons, Foxwood Resort, Ledyard, CT - 2005-2007
  • Featured Speaker - Pfizer Kids, New London, CT- 2004/2008
  • Keynote - North Country Summit - Shelburne, NH - 2008
  • Host/Featured Speaker- John Stalker, New Life Leadership Institute - 2008
  • Keynote - Early Childhood Conversations - Hartford, CT - 2008
  • Featured Speaker - VAEYC - Burlington, VT - 2008
  • Featured Speaker - Bright Horizons, Pfizer - New London, CT - 2008
  • Keynote - New England Head Start Conference - 2007
  • Keynote - 35th Annual VAEYC Conference - 2007
  • Instructor for Union Institute & University - 2006/2007
  • Keynote - 17th Annual Early Childhood Enrichment Conference - CCR&R Southeastern MA - 2006
  • Keynote - NH AEYC Conference - NH -2004, 2005
  • Institute Trainer - Managing Excellence - Londonderry, NH - 2005
  • Keynote - Childhood Obesity Conference, Empowering People to Change - MA Food Service - 2006
  • NH Water Safety Trainer - NH - 2002 - 2008
  • Keynote - Child Care Project - Dartmouth, NH - 2007
  • Institute Trainer - Supportive Communication / Work Place Cultures - John Stalker Institute - 2005-2007
  • Classroom Management Consultant - Pittsburg School - Pittsburg, NH - 2005-2007

FEEDBACK

"After one workshop with Scott, I finally understand the type of parenting skills I have been searching for over the past five years." -First time participant in Positive Discipline - That Works!

"Thank You! This is the third time I have heard this lecture and I just keep getting more out of it." -Parent in Children's Rivalry

"I was wondering what everyone kept talking about. Empowering children? Scott made it clear and practical. I got it." -Careprovider of toddlers in Increasing Self Esteem

"I want some more. The two hours flew by. I can't wait for the next session." -Parent in Understanding the Words we say to Children

"Excellent speaker - fantastic! Very knowledgeable & very well presented. Absolutely outstanding / extraordinarily helpful!" -Social Worker / Family Counselor in full day training

"Scott is inspirational. I walked away feeling fresh and ready to return to work with children." -Corporate Child Care Director after Staff Training Day

"Scott's enthusiasm is uplifting and energizing. I have had previous workshops with him and always come out feeling revitalized and ready to try his suggestions. I would recommend his workshop to anyone and (I) look forward to participating in others with him." -Multiage child care provider in Movement and Gross Motor Curriculum

"Loved hearing you speak - you certainly inspired me to really look at how I respond to both my own children and the children in my class. We just need you to come back once a month!" -Early Childhood Program Director after Parent/Child Interaction & Self Esteem

"The parents are buzzing about how much they enjoyed hearing you speak. You are truly an inspiration to those of us who have chosen Early Childhood as a career. You're Terrific!" - Elementary School Teacher in Children's Rivalry

"Wow!! Fantastic stuff! Great stories, and (I) love the way you 'reel people in.'" Licensing Specialist in 6-hour Positive Discipline - That Works!

"Your personality is dynamic and made the day enjoyable as well as educational." Intake Worker in full day conference.

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