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Responsive Classroom Professional Development

Learn about foundational Responsive Classroom teaching and discipline practices in an interactive, informative, and supportive environment. Experience an introduction to the Responsive Classroom approach or deepen your learning after completing a four-day course. There is a workshop for everyone, including elementary and middle school classroom teachers, special area educators, and school leaders.


Discover the power of one day by attending one of these exciting offerings:

*This workshop requires a pre-requisite. Attendees must have completed the Responsive Classroom Elementary Core Course to attend this advanced workshop offering.

Workshop

Introduction to Responsive Classroom

Explore and experience Responsive Classroom practices for teaching and discipline, including Morning Meeting, Responsive Advisory Meeting, Interactive Modeling, interactive learning structures, brain breaks, and energizers. Download the full workshop description.

Suitable for educators of grades K–8

Prerequisites: None

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Improving Teacher and Student Language

Language is one of our most powerful tools for supporting students.

At its core, learning is all about communication. A powerful exchange of ideas requires active listening, purposeful questions, clear reasoning, and respectful disagreements. In this one-day workshop, you will assess, reflect upon, and improve the ways you teach the skills students need to effectively communicate. You will also identify and practice strategies for using teacher language that deepen student academic engagement and learning. Download the full workshop description.

Suitable for educators of grades K–8

Prerequisites: None

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Special Area Teachers

Discover how core Responsive Classroom practices address the unique joys and challenges of teaching special area classes, where educators see many students each week for short periods. Learn community-building, academic, and classroom management strategies for facilitating time-pressured classes of various ages and abilities. Download the full workshop description.

Suitable for special area educators of grades K–6

Prerequisites: None

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Responding to Misbehavior

Responding to Misbehavior Advanced Workshop

Deepen your understanding of Responsive Classroom practices for addressing and reducing common classroom misbehavior, power struggles, defiance, and meltdowns to create a predictable learning environment where students can thrive. Download the full workshop description.

Suitable for educators of grades K–6

Prerequisites: Responsive Classroom Elementary Core Course

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Addressing Middle School Challenges With Responsive Advisory Meeting

Learn how to effectively address the challenges of adolescent development—including issues around academics, self-esteem, peer pressure, belonging, disappointment, and rejection—that middle school students face by implementing Responsive Advisory Meetings. Download the full workshop description.

Suitable for educators of grades 6–8

Prerequisites: None

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Leadership Seminar: Schoolwide Implementation

Determine levels of schoolwide implementation of the Responsive Classroom approach in your school. Engage in goal setting and planning for differentiated practices and professional development to meet the identified growth needs. Reflect on strategies for providing clear, focused, and positive school leadership. Download the full workshop description.

Suitable for school leaders of grades K–8
Prerequisites: None

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Frequently Asked Questions About Responsive Classroom Professional Development Events 

All Events

Q: How do I register for an upcoming course or workshop?

A: Click here to register for a one-day workshop. Click here to register for four-day courses. (Request a consultation with an educational partnership consultant about bringing Responsive Classroom professional development directly to your school or district.)

Q: What if I have to cancel my registration?

A: See the full cancellation policy here.

Q: Will I receive a certificate?

A: Certificates of attendance are emailed to participants after the event is completed. A 6-hour certificate of attendance is awarded to one-day workshop participants. A 28-hour certificate of attendance is awarded to four-day course participants.

Q: Can I earn credit for attending a Responsive Classroom course?

A: We have partnered with the University of Massachusetts Global for four-day course participants to earn graduate-level professional development credits. These credits are not part of a degree program, but instead are primarily used for professional advancement and recertification. You are advised to seek approval of appropriate district or college officials before enrolling in these courses to satisfy any degree, state credential, or local school district requirements. Click here for more information about earning professional development credit.

Q: Will I receive any discounts on resources?

A: Participants receive a 20% discount at our online bookstore when placing an order during an event. Shipping and handling is free for all orders shipped to the U.S. or U.S. territories.

Q: Can my school host a summer event?

A: Summer four-day course events are open to the public and take place in schools across the United States in June, July and August. We take care of the event planning and registration process, and you provide the venue. In exchange for hosting, your school will receive a monetary stipend and a set of Responsive Classroom resources. To learn more about hosting and to apply, see our Host School Application.

In-Person Events

Q: What should I bring?

A: Bring a reusable water bottle, favorite snacks, materials for note-taking, and an electronic device (smartphone, tablet, or laptop) to access online resources and complete a survey at the end of the workshop.

Q: What is the dress code?

A: Wear whatever is most comfortable for you, as our courses and workshops include movement activities. Jeans and sneakers are just fine. Consider bringing a sweater or sweatshirt, as levels of air conditioning vary at each site.

Q: Are meals provided?

A: We provide morning refreshments and lunch for all attendees. Feel free to bring your favorite snacks and plenty of water to keep your energy up throughout the day.

Q: Do you offer special rates or blocks of rooms at hotels near an event?

A: We do not provide hotel recommendations for participants traveling from out of town to an event, nor do we have special arrangements, discounts, or room blocks at any particular hotel. 

Virtual Events

Q: Can I register for a virtual course in any time zone offered?

A: Yes. All virtual events are scheduled from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM in the time zone indicated for the event. You are welcome to attend any virtual course in any time zone other than your own. You can find the breakdown by time zone here:

Eastern Daylight Savings Time Events Central Daylight Savings Events Mountain Daylight Savings Events Pacific Daylight Savings and Arizona Events
8:30-3:30 (EST) 9:30-4:30 (EST) 10:30-5:30 (EST) 11:30-6:30 (EST)
7:30-2:30 (CST) 8:30-3:30 (CST) 9:30-4:30 (CST) 10:30-5:30 (CST)
6:30-1:30 (MST) 7:30-2:30 (MST) 8:30-3:30 (MST) 9:30-4:30 (MST)
5:30-12:30 (PST) 6:30-1:30 (PST) 7:30-2:30 (PST) 8:30-3:30 (PST)

Q: What is the daily schedule for virtual professional development?

A: Full-Day: Log on to Zoom at 8:15 AM. Workshops and courses run from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM with a 30-minute morning break and 1-hour midday lunch break. Evenings: Log on to Zoom at 6:45 PM. Workshops and courses run from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM for three consecutive evenings.

Q: How do I access my virtual professional development?

A: A link to your Zoom class will be sent to you in a confirmation email. If you have not received a Zoom link 24 hours prior to your event starting, contact us at [email protected] to ensure we have the correct email address on file and to confirm that you are enrolled in the event.

Q: What do I need in my workspace for virtual professional development?

  • Your own individual computer/device
  • Responsive Classroom books and resources (shipped to you ahead of time)
  • Pen/pencil
  • Highlighter
  • Sticky notes and/or note paper
  • Water and snacks

Q: If I am attending a virtual event with colleagues, can we all log in to Zoom together on one device? 

A. No. Each registrant needs to log in individually with their own device, camera, and microphone. Our workshops and courses are interactive, and our presenters need the ability to clearly see and hear every participant. Also, every participant needs to log in to Zoom separately in order to participate in breakout rooms.

Have additional questions? Contact a member of our Events Planning Team at 800-360-6332, ext. 130, or email [email protected].