Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to elementary and middle school teaching that focuses on the strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning (SEL).
Independent research has found that the Responsive Classroom approach is associated with higher academic achievement in math and reading, improved school climate, and higher-quality instruction. It has been described by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as one of the most “well-designed evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs”.
The Responsive Classroom Approach
Part 1: Our Approach | Part 2: Responsive Schools
The Four Key Domains of Responsive Classroom
Adults create learning tasks that are active, interactive, appropriately challenging, purposeful, and connected to students' interests.
Adults nurture a sense of belonging, significance, and emotional safety so that students feel comfortable taking risks and working with a variety of peers.
Adults create a calm, orderly environment that promotes autonomy and allows students to focus on learning.
Adults use knowledge of child development, along with observations of students, to create a developmentally appropriate learning environment.
An Array of Services and Resources
Choose from a broad variety of consulting services and professional development resources to meet your school’s or district’s needs, including:
- Multi-day and one-day workshops for K-8 teachers, specialists, administrators, and other school staff
- On-site, whole-school professional development and consultation for schools and districts
- Annual national conferences for school leaders and teachers
- Many award-winning publications and free online resources
- A rigorous teacher certification process
“A model of effective professional development and what it can achieve.”
— Sara Mosle, New York Times
Focus on Teacher Effectiveness
For over 30 years, Responsive Classroom has been empowering K-8 educators by giving them the skills they need to ensure a high-quality education that will help all students thrive in our highly connected, interdependent world.
Professional development in the Responsive Classroom approach strengthens educators’ ability to:
- Design lessons that are active and interactive
- Use effective teacher language to promote academic and social growth
- Encourage engagement by giving students meaningful choices
- Start each day in a way that sets a positive tone for learning
- Set high expectations and teach students how to meet them
- Establish routines that promote autonomy and independence
- Build a sense of community and shared purpose
- Teach students 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation