About Terry Schmitz

Terry Schmitz is the founder and owner of The Conover Company. Terry has been involved in the development of assessments for both education and corporations for over 30 years. He has developed hundreds of job-specific assessment systems that link to skill building systems.

Bullying Prevention & Self-Control: Awareness of Self-Control

Are you aware of your level of self-control? What about your students? You may be very aware of your ability to control yourself, or maybe you have never really thought about it. But you can probably tell which students have high levels of self-control and which ones could use some [...]

Resiliency & PBIS

Resiliency is the tenth scale of our Personal Responsibility Map®, which is the core assessment in our goal setting and self-determination program. Resiliency is the ability to work through activities and cause bottom-line results to happen. Resiliency includes the ability to bounce back from setbacks and to achieve a stated [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|PBIS, SPED|0 Comments

Conflict Resolution: 8 Steps for Resolving Conflicts

According to crisis resolution consultant Dr. Dudley Weeks, there are eight essential steps to conflict resolution. He explains these eight steps in his book The Eight Essential Steps to Conflict Resolution: Preserving Relationships at Work, at Home, and in the Community . While these steps don't always guarantee an optimal [...]

Conflict Resolution: It Starts with Assertion

Any discussion on conflict resolution must include a discussion on assertion. This is because assertion plays a big part in the success of preventing bullying and resolving conflicts. Assertion is effective communication, typified by clear, open communication, careful listening, and respect for oneself and others. It is the ability to [...]

By | February 27th, 2017|Bullying Prevention, Emotional Intelligence, Soft Skills|0 Comments

Conflict Resolution: An Important Life Skill

Conflict is a common, inevitable part of life. It exists because people don’t always get along or agree. Because conflict is a normal part of everyone’s life, conflict resolution, or the ability to resolve conflicts effectively, is a crucial skill for everyone to have. This is especially important in the [...]

By | February 20th, 2017|Bullying Prevention, Emotional Intelligence, Soft Skills|0 Comments

Stress Management: Tools for Dealing with Stress

In our previous blog posts about Stress Management, we've discussed how to find and think through the various stressors at school, work, and in personal life. Now we will cover the different tools people can use to fight stress. Because unwanted stress reactions affect us both mentally and physically, stress [...]

By | February 15th, 2017|Anger Management, Emotional Intelligence, Soft Skills|0 Comments

Stress Management: Self-Control

Self-control plays a big role in learning to manage stress. Self-control is the ability to handle personal feelings and emotions in difficult situations. Learning to manage stress requires you to learn self-control. Without self-control, it is impossible to manage your anger and stress. Let’s look at some topics related to [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|Anger Management, Emotional Intelligence, Soft Skills|0 Comments

Destructive Thinking: The Hidden Cause of Stress

Every day our minds have about 60,000 thoughts. Many of these thoughts are repeated over and over. In fact, experts say that 90% of those 60,000 daily thoughts are the same ones we had the day before. We can be aware of these thoughts, but we usually tend not to [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Anger Management, Emotional Intelligence, Soft Skills|0 Comments

Stress: Is it as minor as we think it is?

The Importance of Stress Management How big is the problem of poorly managed stress? Experts estimate that stress costs the American economy more than $300 billion each year. Medical experts estimate that 80% of all health problems are, at least in part, due to stress. While the effects of stress [...]

By | January 20th, 2017|Anger Management, Soft Skills|0 Comments

PBIS – Focus On the Cause Not the Symptom

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) has been around for a long time. The process has had time to establish and refine itself in most school systems across the nation. Most systems seem to start with some sort of data- based decision making that leads to establishing a set of [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|Emotional Intelligence, PBIS, Soft Skills, SPED|0 Comments