The Responsive Classroom approach is one of only 23 programs included in Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs: Preschool and Elementary School Edition, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)’s guide to preschool and elementary programs that are “well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs with potential for broad dissemination to schools across the United States.”
CASEL selected sixth grade teachers Lindsay Shea and Trisha Incrocci to speak about the benefits of SEL at the release of the Guide on Capitol Hill in September 2012, and showed video of Morning Meeting and a math lesson in their classrooms. (See the video of their presentation on YouTube.)
CASEL is the United States’ leading organization advancing the teaching of academic, social, and emotional skills. The CASEL Guide draws on the organization’s work in social emotional learning (SEL) research and practice spanning nearly two decades. The Responsive Classroom approach was also included in their landmark 2003 publication Safe and Sound: An Educational Leader’s Guide to SEL Programs, which has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.
The Responsive Classroom approach is also recognized in the Model Program Guide of the U.S.Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) as a promising program for delinquency prevention.
The demonstrated effectiveness rating was based on two criteria: 1) quality of design and 2) scientific evidence suggesting a delinquency deterrence effect. According to OJJDP, programs rated as promising:
“. . . display a strong theoretical base and have been demonstrated to prevent delinquency or reduce/enhance risk/protective for delinquency in specific social contexts using limited research and/or non-experimental designs. The evidence associated with these programs appears promising but requires confirmation using scientific techniques.”