Celebrating Teachers

Washington, DC Area
October 21 – 22, 2016

Join fellow teachers at our very first Responsive Classroom Teachers Conference! For the first time, we’re gathering together hundreds of teachers and celebrating all the work you do to make your classrooms joyful and filled with engaged learning. The conference will feature inspiring speakers and sessions on a wide variety of topics relevant to all teachers today, including responding to misbehavior, integrating SEL into the classroom, and much more. Teachers of all levels of familiarity with Responsive Classroom are welcome, from teachers with years of experience to those just starting out.


Conference Sessions

To view the full list and descriptions of the Teachers Conference sessions, click here.

Keynote Speaker

Jessica Minahan

Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA

Jessica Minahan is a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), author, special educator and consultant to schools internationally. Since 2000 she has worked with students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behavior in public school systems.  She specializes in training staff and creating behavior intervention plans for students who demonstrate explosive and unsafe behavior. She also works with students who have emotional and behavioral disabilities, anxiety disorders, or high-functioning Autism. Her particular interest is to serve these students by combining behavioral interventions with a comprehensive knowledge of best practices for those with complex mental health profiles and learning needs.

She is a blogger on The Huffington Post, the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Nancy Rappaport (Harvard Education Press, 2012), and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014).

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Keynote: Anxiety in the Classroom

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one in four thirteen-eighteen year olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.  Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior is crucial and using preventive strategies are key to successful intervention. Effective behavior plans for these students must avoid the reward and punishment-based consequences from traditional behavior plans and focus instead on the use of preventive strategies and on explicitly teaching coping skills, self-monitoring, and alternative responses.

Cost and Registration

Registration price: $445


Register online via the link above or, if paying with a purchase order or check, you can download a registration form for either an individual or group.

After you register online, you will receive an email with instructions on how to sign up for sessions. Sessions fill up on a first-come, first-served basis.


Both our conferences will be held at the Double Tree Hilton Crystal City located at 300 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA 22202.

Our block booking discounted hotel room rate has expired. Any remaining rooms at the hotel are subject to availability and are at the hotel’s regular market rates.


Our conference hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to Reagan National Airport (DCA) from 5:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. daily departing every 15 minutes beginning on the hour. Space is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Curbside pick-up is at Doors 5 and 9 on the baggage claim lower level.

The nearest Metro station is Pentagon City (Blue and Yellow lines), located just three blocks from the hotel.


During the conference days (10/21, 22, 24, 25), our guests will be offered a discounted self-parking rate of $15/day. Otherwise, parking fees are as follows:

Self parking: $30.00 (1 hr =$15 2 hrs=$21) Valet: $34.00 (Valet $21 0-2 hrs;)

Nursing Mothers

If you are a nursing mother, we have a space set aside for you with a refrigerator during the days of the conference. Please see any staff member at the Info Desk to access this space.

Conference Schedule

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Register Now!

Click here to register online for the Responsive Classroom Teachers Conference!

If paying with a purchase order or check, you can download a registration form for either an individual or group.

Responsive Classroom Leadership Conference

The Leadership Conference will take place the same week as the Teachers Conference in Washington, DC.  Click here for more information!