In-Person Institutes and Workshops


Virtual Institutes and Workshops


Q: What should I bring with me to an event?

A: Materials for note taking and an electronic device (smart phone, tablet, or laptop) to access online resources and complete a survey at the end of the workshop.
Snacking and hydration are important ways to keep your energy up during your event. Please bring a reusable water bottle and your favorite snacks with you.


Q: What is the dress code for an event?

A: We suggest that participants wear whatever will be most comfortable for them (jeans and sneakers are OK!), as the majority of our workshops have some type of movement involved. Temperatures may vary at a venue so we recommend that you bring layers, like a light sweater, to suit the environment.


Q: Are meals provided at RC events?

A: At each of our regional workshops and courses we provide a full lunch. If you have any dietary restrictions (gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.) please indicate those restrictions during the time of registration or reach out to our registration team at [email protected] to notify us. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.


Q: If I attend an event do I get a discount on RC resources?

A: Regional workshop participants receive a 20% discount on all items from our Bookstore when placing an order at the event (purchase by credit card only). Shipping and handling is free for all orders shipped to the U.S. or U.S. territories.


Q: How can I register for an upcoming workshop?

A: The easiest way to register for a workshop is right online. Find the workshop you’d like to register for, enter your ticket quantity and add to your cart—payment and attendee details will be requested at checkout.

If using a purchase order or check for payment, visit our How to Register page for details and directions.


Q: Can I reserve “placeholder” spots for an event if I’m unsure who the attendees will be?

A: You may reserve up to 10 placeholder spots at an event with full payment (PO, credit card, or check). Please submit completed registration forms for each participant to [email protected] no less than 30 days prior to the event start date. If we have not received participant information 30 days prior to the start of the event, placeholder spots will be forfeit as canceled registrations (subject to our cancellation policy).


Q: Can I reserve workshop spots without payment?

A: Spots can only be reserved with payment in full (via credit card or check) or receipt of a copy of a school/district purchase order. See How to Register for more information.


Q: How can I cancel my workshop registration?

A: If you’re unable to attend a workshop it is important that you contact us as soon as possible at 800-360-6332, ext. 130 or email [email protected]. Tuition will be forfeited for non-attendance without notice.

If you cancel 30 or more days in advance of the workshop start date you are eligible for a refund of your tuition less a 10% handling fee, or a full credit on account. If you cancel less than 30 days in advance of the workshop start date you are eligible for a full credit on account. *Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.*
See the full cancellation policy here.


Q: Will I receive a certificate of completion for the workshop I attended?

A: Certificates of attendance are emailed to participants within 1-3 business days following an event. 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 workshop?

A: Yes! We have partnered with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System, to provide an option for 4-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 re-certification. 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: Does RC offer room blocks or special rates for hotels near an event?

A: We do not provide hotel recommendations for workshop participants traveling from out of town to an event; nor do we have special arrangements, discounts, or room blocks at any particular hotel. Travel and lodging are up to each participant/group to find what works best for them. On each event’s page we offer a link to Google Maps where you can search for lodging options in the area to suit your needs.


Q: How can my school host a regional event?

A: These 4-day courses are open to the public and are run between June and August each year. 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.


Q: How can I fund Responsive Classroom professional development?

A: Schools and districts fund Responsive Classroom professional development in many different ways. While we cannot provide direct assistance with fundraising, we are happy to provide some information about different funding options that may work for you. Check out our Funding Ideas page for more information.

We also accept Title Funding as long as we can receive a purchase order or check to initiate the order for goods/services.


Q: When planning for a course at my school, do all days of a 4-day course need to be consecutive?

A: If you are planning to offer the course during the school year, the days do not all need to be consecutive; however, day 1 and day 2 must be consecutive while days 3 and 4 may be spread throughout the rest of the school year (courses cannot span more than one school year).
If you are planning to offer the course in the summertime, all 4 days must be consecutive.


Q: How far in advance should I start planning for a workshop at my school?

A: If you’d like to schedule your workshop/course for the summer months, it is best to reach out to us January-March to begin the planning process.
If you’d like to schedule your workshop/course for during the school year, it is best to reach out to us 6-8 weeks before your desired dates(s).

Q: Do I have to take the course that is offered in my time zone?

A. All virtual courses will be conducted from 8:30-3:30 in the time zone indicated. For example, Eastern Standard Time courses will occur from 8:30-3:30 EST. To offer flexibility and accommodate personal schedules, individuals are welcome to attend course offerings in time zones other than their own. You can find the break down by time zone here.

Eastern Standard Time EventsCentral Standard Time EventsMountain Standard Time EventsPacific Standard Time 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?


8:15: Log on to Zoom
The workshop runs from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm with a 30 minute morning break and 1-hour midday lunch break.

6:45: Log on to Zoom
The workshop runs from 7 pm – 9 pm for three consecutive evenings

Q. Where do I go to access virtual professional development?

A. A link to your Zoom class will be sent to you in a confirmation email toward the end of the week prior to the start date of the workshop or course. If you have not received an email from the Responsive Classroom event planning team by Friday noon of that week (EST), contact us immediately at [email protected] to ensure we have your correct email on file and to ensure that you are enrolled.  

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


  • Responsive Classroom books that are sent to you prior to the course.
  • Pen/pencil
  • Highlighter
  • Post-it notes and/or notebook paper
  • Snacks
  • Comfort items (blanket, pillow to sit on)
Have a question and can’t find the answer here? Contact our Customer Care Team at 800-360-6332 or email [email protected]