Recent News

  • "Study: Teaching Social Skills Raises Test Scores.", Alison DeNisco, April 2014. Key findings of the first comprehensive study of Responsive Classroom's impact on student achievement.
  • "Teacher Word Choice Impacts Student Learning.", Jennifer Jankowski, April 4, 2014. Book review of the new, 2nd edition of The Power of Our Words: Teacher Language That Helps Children Learn, published by Responsive Classroom.
  • "Schools Make Strides Toward Ending Teasing.", Amanda Oglesby, March 20, 2014. Principal Kimberly Muir of Woodmere Elementary School talks about how their district's implementation of Responsive Classroom has resulted in reduced problematic behavior within 3 years.
  • "A Leading SEL Program Gets Positive Results—But Only If It's Used.", Sara Rimm-Kaufman, March 19, 2014. Sara Rimm-Kaufman describes the origins of her 3-year study of the Responsive Classroom approach, its method, and its findings.
  • "How Effective are Responsive Classroom Strategies?", Lee-Ann Meredith, March 19, 2014. A 3-year study released in the March 2014 issue of American Educational Research Journal confirmed what this teacher already knew: Teachers who fully implement Responsive Classroom strategies see student gains regardless of socioeconomics.
  • "Study Links Responsive Teaching to Academic Gains.", Alyssa Morones, March 12, 2014. A study released today in the American Educational Research Journal links the Responsive Classroom approach to student achievement gains.
  • "Emotional Support Boosts Academic Achievement." The Epoch Times, Marie Yeung, March 10, 2014. A recent, 3-year study led by Sara Rimm-Kaufman, professor at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, indicates that students who have support on social and emotional levels are better academic achievers.
  • "Letting Teachers Also Handle Social And Emotional Skills Can Lead To Academic Gains—Study." Science 2.0, March 9, 2014. A new paper in American Educational Research Journal details the study of the efficacy of the Responsive Classroom (RC) approach, which found that classroom programs designed to improve elementary school students' social and emotional skills increased reading and math achievement.
  • Watch now: A short news story that shows how Responsive Classroom improved school climate and behavior at Stewartsville Elementary in Bedford County, VA, making it "a better place to work and learn.", March 2014.
  • "Socialization Technique Helps in Academic Achievement, Trial Study Finds." The Washington Post, Lyndsey Layton, March 6, 2014. Responsive Classroom and the release of the RCES impact study.
  • "Bedford Principal Cuts Disciplinary Referrals 75% in Three Years.", David Kaplan, January 31, 2014. Responsive Classroom "has changed the culture for the better at Stewartsville Elementary School, and it's showing in academic performance too."
  • "Why it's (long past) time for social and emotional learning." The Washington Post, Jonathan Raymond, December 14, 2013. A "response to a recent column by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on the average performance of U.S. 15 year olds in reading, math and science on the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment."

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