Responsive Classroom Launches PD Courses for Middle School Teachers
Center for Responsive Schools (CRS) has expanded its professional development courses to include middle school educators.
focuses on bringing social and emotional learning programs into the
classroom. Until now, its professional development courses have been
geared towards elementary school teachers, but the organization has
launched two new courses designed specifically for middle school
teachers. Introduction to Responsive Classroom for Middle School is a one-day course being offered this March in Hartford, CT, Minneapolis, MN and New Orleans, LA. Responsive Classroom Course for Middle School Educators is a four-day course, which will be offered in more than 10 locations throughout the United States.
are bringing Responsive Classroom into middle school because we want to
ensure that students continue to make gains when they leave elementary
school and enter this next critical period in their school careers,"
said Lora Hodges, executive director for the Center for Responsive
Schools, in a news release. "Our expansion to middle school is the next
logical step to meet our mission to ensure a high-quality education for
every child, every day."
The one-day introductory course "will
teach middle school educators how the Responsive Classroom approach
boosts middle school students' social and academic skills while
reducing behavior problems," according to information from CRS.
four-day course will teach middle school teachers and administrators
how to use core Responsive Classroom practices and strategies,
including Responsive Advisory Meeting, Interactive Modeling, teacher
language, a framework for teaching discipline and engaging instruction.
"These practices and strategies will engage students academically,
build positive school and classroom communities, help teachers manage
classrooms effectively and develop students' intrinsic motivation to
choose socially responsible behaviors," stated a news release from CRS.
for Introduction to Responsive Classroom for Middle School is already
open, and registration for Responsive Classroom Course for Middle
School Educators will open in early February.
Further information about both courses can be found on the Center for Responsive Schools' site.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].