Lost Boys
Closing the Academic Gender Gap


Boys are more likely to drop out of school, and make up only 43 percent of college students. Millions of boys are being lost along the path to academic success and career achievement in today’s knowledge economy. Teacher bias regarding behavior, rather than academic performance, penalizes boys as early as kindergarten. On average, boys receive lower behavioral assessment scores, and those scores affect teachers’ overall perceptions of boys’ intelligence and achievement.

Rather than penalize boys’ high energy – as traditional classroom methods often do – successful teachers are learning to take advantage of male liveliness, curiosity and thirst for competition. Unless educators stop to consider whether traditional methods are working for both genders, boys will continue to get the short end of the educational stick.

This powerful one-day seminar helps educators understand the structural, chemical and processing differences between boys’ and girls’ brains. It helps educators support boys’ developmental needs, while teaching them social /emotional competencies. Attendees will discover innovative strategies, as well as group and individual interventions, to help boys achieve their highest academic potential.

Teachers, counselors, administrators and other educators will leave with practical tools to support developmental needs and specific activities to get boys learning while reducing their risk for academic failure, dropping out and underachievement.

Learning Objectives  
  • Explain how boys’ brains work including the chemistry and structure
  • Identify the differences in the ways girls and boys focus
  • Recognize the role of hormones, specifically testosterone and dopamine
  • Demonstrate classroom strategies to support boys’ developmental needs
  • Contrast the difference between natural aggression and bullying

Video Clips

Differences in Male & Female Brains

Gray Matter’s Impact on Boy Brains

Setting Up Boys for Success in Writing

Attendee Feedback

"The presenter is clearly extremely well educated on this topic and did an excellent job. This is by far the best training I have been to in over 30 years of teaching."
Middle School Teacher
Richmond, VA
"The information on the the male and female brain as well as the chemical and structural differences between the two was extremely insightful and will help me be a better teacher!"
Elementary School Teacher
Cincinnati, OH
"This was an excellent seminar. I learned so many practical strategies to help my male students. This information should be brought to every school."
Middle School Counselor
Houston, TX
"I've been searching for ways to improve my effectiveness as a teacher to the boys in my classes and I've finally found some methods that will help me!"
High School Teacher
Jacksonville, FL


9:15 am ET / 8:15 am CTAttendee Login
9:30 am ET / 8:30 am CT

Boyology: Understanding Boys Inside and Out

  • Male vs. Female Brain
    • Four primary differences
    • The Role of Hormones
    • Gray Matter vs. White Matter
  • Mythology of Manhood
  • Creating Intentional Awareness
11:00 am ET / 10:00 am CTBreak
11:15 am ET / 10:15 am CT

Creating a Classroom Environment for Success

  • 7 Steps to Preventing “Boydom”
  • Supporting Boys’ Developmental Needs
  • Teaching Social/Emotional Competencies
  • Creating a Positive School Culture
  • Supporting a Healthy Image of Manhood
1:00 pm ET / 12:00 pm CTLunch (on your own)
2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT

Practical Strategies that Work

  • Flipped vs. Traditional
  • Room Setup
  • 1-Second Rule
  • Media and Movement
  • Proximity
    • Hover-and-Approach: 4 Steps
    • Pre-teaching & Prompts
  • Praise Ratio
  • Avoiding the F-Cycle
3:30 pm ET – 2:35 pm CTBreak
3:45 pm ET – 2:45 pm CT

Building Boy: Group and Individual Interventions

  • Restorative Practices
  • Circle Up
  • Mindful Moment
  • Group Activities
4:45 pm ET – 3:45 pm CTQuestion and Answer Session
(Optional attendance)


Credit Hours

Certificates of Completion for this seminar, which indicate 6 contact hours of Continuing Education, will be available at the end of the seminar upon completion of a course evaluation.

In many cases, depending on your Profession and Jurisdiction, this Certificate of Completion is sufficient for tracking your Continuing Education and Professional Development efforts.

We suggest that you contact your local Board or Governing Agency to see exactly what steps are necessary for approval in your particular discipline. Please note that Developmental Resources is also an approved Provider for the following National and Regional Accrediting Agencies.

Developmental Resources has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5602. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

Lost Boys Seminar Pricing

Individual Registration

Groups 3-9

Groups 10+

Early Registration (thru 2/15)
$149 USD
$129 USD
$109 USD
Regular Registration
$189 USD
$169 USD
$149 USD
Register early and save! Groups of 20+, call 1-800-251-6805 for special pricing.
When 3 or more people register together from the same school district or agency, each participant is entitled to a $25 USD discount off their registration fee. To receive this discount, all participants in the group must register at the same time and have a single group representative as the contact person.
IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND If you cannot attend the event on the scheduled date, or if the event is postponed for any reason, you may send a substitute, transfer to a different event or request a Voucher for a future event.  Substitutions should be made in writing (please email pd@accutrain.com) and are welcome until the day of the event.  Vouchers are valid for up to three years for future AccuTrain events and may be transferred to a colleague.

Upcoming Lost Boys Dates

Virtual Seminar
Monday, March 1, 2021
9:30 am ET / 8:30 am CT

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 this Seminar will be held as a Zoom Meeting.

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Seminar Presenter

Steph Jensen, MS, LPC

*In case of an emergency, another qualified presenter will substitute

Steph Jensen is an award-winning author and international speaker recognized for her insight and with research, practical strategies and humor to address challenging behaviors and build positive relationships with kids. She has held positions as classroom teacher, education consultant and international speaker. She holds a master’s degree in clinical counseling, focusing her efforts on adolescent and family issues.

In recent years, Stephanie has applied her passion for adolescents to focus on the dynamics of relational aggression, social-emotional learning, and positive behavior interventions. Stephanie is currently the Director of Community Contracts for Boys Town in Boys Town, NE. She is the author of Thrive in the Hive: Surviving the Girl’s World of Good and Bad Relationship Bee-haviors, Mom’s Choice Award-winning Princess Priscilla and the Bully-Bee Day, Princess Priscilla and the Mood Ring Rainbow and her latest Princess Priscilla and the Great Beezilla!

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