To attend a workshop as an individual or a group of fewer than 10 educators – check out our options for Individuals and Small Groups.

If you have more than 10 educators looking to attend a workshop, consider bringing a Responsive Classroom workshop to your school – check out our options for Whole-School.

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Individuals and Small Groups


 

Introductory

Introduction to Responsive Classroom for K-8 Educators

In this one-day introduction to the Responsive Classroom approach you’ll learn how Responsive Classroom practices help teachers to foster positive community, integrate academics with the teaching of social and emotional skills, and create the conditions for positive student behavior.

  • Hear about the characteristics of teacher language that promote respectful, kind, and positive classroom communities
  • Explore interactive modeling—a structure to introduce routines and procedures in a clear and concise way
  • Participate in interactive learning structures you can use with your class to make lessons more engaging
  • Examine how the Responsive Classroom approach to discipline can establish a calm, orderly, and safe environment for learning

You will also have an opportunity to discuss ideas with colleagues, experience Responsive Classroom strategies as an adult learner, and see video of Responsive Classroom teachers implementing the strategies with students in grades K–8.

Who should attend this workshop: All K-8 educators interested in learning more about the Responsive Classroom approach to SEL
Resources Include: Introduction to Responsive Classroom Resource Book

Elementary Core Course

Learn to create safe and joyful learning communities where every student can thrive—while helping your students develop strong social and academic skills. In four engaging and interactive days, you’ll discover how to:

  • Begin and end the day positively with Morning Meeting and closing circle
  • Integrate energizers and interactive learning structures throughout the school day
  • Teach students how to complete academic tasks, interact with classmates, and maintain routines with Interactive Modeling
  • Establish rules with your students and provide positive structures to support success
  • And much more

No prerequisite. Suitable for grades K – 6.
Resources include: Elementary Core Course Resource Book, First Six Weeks of School, and Yardsticks


Special Area Teachers

Special area teachers face unique challenges—tasked with imparting expertise across grade levels, in small windows of time, often with an entire week between classes. You are also uniquely positioned to become experts in child development, supporting students as they grow and change year after year. Learn how core Responsive Classroom practices can be used to explore the opportunities and address the challenges of special area settings.

  • Identify specific developmental patterns in students across grade levels
  • Generate ideas for how to manage a changing environment that serves a wide range of ages and stages
  • Examine five essential Responsive Classroom practices: rules and routines, Interactive Modeling, teacher language, engaging academics, and responding to misbehavior
  • Consider the impact of, and learn to apply, these core practices in time-pressured special area classrooms

Who should attend this workshop: K–6 special area teachers and specialists who teach music, art, physical education, foreign languages, and other elective courses
Resources include: Special Area Teachers Resource Book and Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE, and Other Special Areas


Strategies to Prevent Bullying

Bullying creeps into our classrooms like a weed. Learn how to spot it, stop it, and build a classroom rooted in community. Gain a deeper understanding of how key Responsive Classroom strategies create an inclusive environment to prevent bullying and dive into new strategies that support students working together.

  • Identify, understand, and respond to bullying, cyberbullying, and gateway behaviors
  • Prevent bullying by fostering community, cooperation, and inclusivity through the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching
  • Examine and create lesson plans to specifically teach about aspects of bullying

Who should attend this workshop: K–6 educators and all in-school and out-of-school staff, including after-school staff
Resources include: Strategies to Prevent Bullying Resource Book and How to Bullyproof Your Classroom

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Advanced

Elementary Advanced Course

The Elementary Advanced Course is designed to increase your knowledge and expand your teaching strategies and practices to strengthen the Responsive Classroom approach you’re already using. In this four-day, interactive training course, you will learn new methods and strategies including:

  • Engaging Academics: Teacher Language, Open-ended Questions, Academic Choice, and Guided Discovery. We’ll also cover the Language of Learning, including core thinking, speaking and listening skills.
  • Effective Management: Classroom Organization, as well as Effective Behavior Management tools such as Problem-Solving Conferences and Role-Play.
  • And much more

Prerequisite: 4-day Elementary Core Course. Suitable for grades K – 6.
Resources included: Elementary Advanced Course Resource Book and Joyful Classroom

Responding to Misbehavior

We’ve all been there: power struggles, defiance, meltdowns—all those particularly thorny behaviors. Learn effective strategies for understanding, addressing, and reducing challenging behavior in the classroom.

  • Deepen understanding about the Responsive Classroom approach to discipline
  • Identify how a teacher’s leadership style impacts student behaviors
  • Utilize Responsive Classroom publications and resources to address common and problem behaviors
  • Identify strategies to address emotional outbursts and meltdowns
  • Consider the impact of stress on student behavior and create plans to address needs associated with stress

Prerequisite: 4-day Elementary Core Course
Who should attend this workshop: K-6 educators interested in learning more about how the Responsive Classroom approach can help them respond to misbehaviors
Resources include: Responding to Misbehavior Resource Book, Teasing, Tattling, Defiance & More; Solving Thorny Behavior Problems; Sammy and His Behavior Problems

Improving Teacher and Student Language

Words are the foundation on which teaching, learning, and relationships are built. This workshop gives you the opportunity to assess, reflect upon, and improve both teacher and student language in your classroom in order to deepen academic engagement and learning.

  • Assess and build on previously learned Responsive Classroom teacher language skills
  • Explore ways that language impacts conditions for learning
  • Develop a plan for growth in use of teacher language
  • Identify ways to teach core speaking and listening skills and support students’ practice of these skills

Prerequisite: 4-day Elementary Core Course or Middle School Course
Who should attend this workshop: K–8 educators who are interested in deepening their understanding of language use and its impact on the classroom
Resources include: Improving Teacher and Student Language Resource Book, The Language of Learning, The Power of Our Words, and The Power of Our Words for Middle School

Whole-School


 

Introductory

Introduction to Responsive Classroom for K-8 Educators

In this one-day introduction to the Responsive Classroom approach you’ll learn how Responsive Classroom practices help teachers to foster positive community, integrate academics with the teaching of social and emotional skills, and create the conditions for positive student behavior.

  • Hear about the characteristics of teacher language that promote respectful, kind, and positive classroom communities
  • Explore interactive modeling—a structure to introduce routines and procedures in a clear and concise way
  • Participate in interactive learning structures you can use with your class to make lessons more engaging
  • Examine how the Responsive Classroom approach to discipline can establish a calm, orderly, and safe environment for learning

You will also have an opportunity to discuss ideas with colleagues, experience Responsive Classroom strategies as an adult learner, and see video of Responsive Classroom teachers implementing the strategies with students in grades K–8.

Who should attend this workshop: All K-8 educators interested in learning more about the Responsive Classroom approach to SEL
Resources Include: 30 copies of Introduction to Responsive Classroom Resource Book

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Elementary Core Course Package

Learn to create safe and joyful learning communities where every student can thrive—while helping your students develop strong social and academic skills. In four engaging and interactive days, you’ll discover how to:

  • Begin and end the day positively with Morning Meeting and closing circle
  • Integrate energizers and interactive learning structures throughout the school day
  • Teach students how to complete academic tasks, interact with classmates, and maintain routines with Interactive Modeling
  • Establish rules with your students and provide positive structures to support success
  • And much more

No prerequisite. Suitable for grades K – 6.
Resources include: Entry plan (electronic); one Responsive Classroom Elementary Essential Bundle; 30 copies each of Elementary Core Course Resource Book, First Six Weeks of School, and Yardsticks; and a Consultant Observation and Feedback Visit (including access to the Kaleidoscope tool and one Quick Coaching Guide set of 30)

Printable course package details (PDF)

Request a consultation

Comprehensive Elementary Courses Package

Phases One: Elementary Core Course
Learn to create safe and joyful learning communities where every student can thrive—while helping your students develop strong social and academic skills. In four engaging and interactive days, you’ll discover how to:

  • Begin and end the day positively with Morning Meeting and closing circle
  • Integrate energizers and interactive learning structures throughout the school day
  • Teach students how to complete academic tasks, interact with classmates, and maintain routines with Interactive Modeling
  • Establish rules with your students and provide positive structures to support success
  • And much more

No prerequisite. Suitable for grades K – 6.
Resources include: Entry plan (electronic); 30 Responsive Classroom Elementary Essential Bundles; 30 copies of Elementary Core Course Resource Book; and a Consultant Observation and Feedback Visit (including access to the Kaleidoscope tool and one Quick Coaching Guide set of 30)

 

Phase Two: Elementary Advanced Course
The Elementary Advanced Course is designed to increase your knowledge and expand your teaching strategies and practices to strengthen the Responsive Classroom approach you’re already using. In this four-day, interactive training course, you will learn new methods and strategies including:

  • Engaging Academics: Teacher Language, Open-ended Questions, Academic Choice, and Guided Discovery. We’ll also cover the Language of Learning, including core thinking, speaking and listening skills.
  • Effective Management: Classroom Organization, as well as Effective Behavior Management tools such as Problem-Solving Conferences and Role-Play.
  • And much more

Prerequisite: 4-day Elementary Core Course. Suitable for grades K – 6.
Resources include: 30 copies of Elementary Advanced Course Resource Book, and one Consultant Observation and Feedback Visit (including access to the Kaleidoscope tool and one Quick Coaching Guide set of 30)

Printable course package details (PDF)

Request a consultation

Special Area Teachers

Special area teachers face unique challenges—tasked with imparting expertise across grade levels, in small windows of time, often with an entire week between classes. You are also uniquely positioned to become experts in child development, supporting students as they grow and change year after year. Learn how core Responsive Classroom practices can be used to explore the opportunities and address the challenges of special area settings.

  • Identify specific developmental patterns in students across grade levels
  • Generate ideas for how to manage a changing environment that serves a wide range of ages and stages
  • Examine five essential Responsive Classroom practices: rules and routines, Interactive Modeling, teacher language, engaging academics, and responding to misbehavior
  • Consider the impact of, and learn to apply, these core practices in time-pressured special area classrooms

Who should attend this workshop: K–6 special area teachers and specialists who teach music, art, physical education, foreign languages, and other elective courses
Resources include: 30 copies each of Special Area Teachers Resource Book and Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE, and Other Special Areas

Request a consultation

Strategies to Prevent Bullying

Bullying creeps into our classrooms like a weed. Learn how to spot it, stop it, and build a classroom rooted in community. Gain a deeper understanding of how key Responsive Classroom strategies create an inclusive environment to prevent bullying and dive into new strategies that support students working together.

  • Identify, understand, and respond to bullying, cyberbullying, and gateway behaviors
  • Prevent bullying by fostering community, cooperation, and inclusivity through the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching
  • Examine and create lesson plans to specifically teach about aspects of bullying

Who should attend this workshop: K–6 educators and all in-school and out-of-school staff, including after-school staff
Resources include: 30 copies each of Strategies to Prevent Bullying Resource Book and How to Bullyproof Your Classroom

Request a consultation

Support Staff Working Together

Students learn and grow best when the adults in their community work together to support them. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to apply Responsive Classroom principles and practices in non-classroom environments, such as the cafeteria, after-school programs, and the bus, in order to create consistency between adult actions and student expectations throughout the day. Specifically, you’ll learn:

  • The importance of creating a safe, predictable environment in non-classroom spaces
  • Communication strategies to help students meet expectations, develop social-emotional learning skills, and show respect for others
  • The characteristics of talking so students will listen
  • How to write, share, and enforce rules that support positive student behavior
  • How and when to use Interactive Modeling to teach behavioral expectations

Prerequisite: Participants must work in a school where teachers have taken the 4-day Elementary Core Course
Who should attend this workshop: All K-6 support staff in the building, including paraprofessionals, cafeteria staff, office staff, classroom assistants, custodians, after-school staff, and any other adults who support students in the school, as well as external stakeholders such as bus drivers, parents, and PTA members
Resources include: 30 copies of Support Staff Working Together Resource Book

Request a consultation

 

Advanced

Elementary Advanced Course Package

The Elementary Advanced Course is designed to increase your knowledge and expand your teaching strategies and practices to strengthen the Responsive Classroom approach you’re already using. In this four-day, interactive training course, you will learn new methods and strategies including:

  • Engaging Academics: Teacher Language, Open-ended Questions, Academic Choice, and Guided Discovery. We’ll also cover the Language of Learning, including core thinking, speaking and listening skills.
  • Effective Management: Classroom Organization, as well as Effective Behavior Management tools such as Problem-Solving Conferences and Role-Play.
  • And much more

Prerequisite:4-day Elementary Core Course. Suitable for grades K – 6.
Resources include: 30 copies of Elementary Advanced Course Resource Book; one copy each of Responsive School Discipline, Solving Thorny Behavior Problems, and Energize Your Meetings; one Teacher Language for Engaged Learning kit; and a Consultant Observation and Feedback Visit (including access to the Kaleidoscope tool and one Quick Coaching Guide set of 30).

Printable course package details (PDF)

Request a consultation

Responding to Misbehavior

We’ve all been there: power struggles, defiance, meltdowns—all those particularly thorny behaviors. Learn effective strategies for understanding, addressing, and reducing challenging behavior in the classroom.

  • Deepen understanding about the Responsive Classroom approach to discipline
  • Identify how a teacher’s leadership style impacts student behaviors
  • Utilize Responsive Classroom publications and resources to address common and problem behaviors
  • Identify strategies to address emotional outbursts and meltdowns
  • Consider the impact of stress on student behavior and create plans to address needs associated with stress

Prerequisite: 4-day Elementary Core Course
Who should attend this workshop: K-6 educators interested in learning more about how the Responsive Classroom approach can help them respond to misbehaviors
Resources include: 30 copies each of Responding to Misbehavior Resource Book, Teasing, Tattling, Defiance & More, Solving Thorny Behavior Problems, and Sammy and His Behavior Problems

Request a consultation

Improving Teacher and Student Language

Words are the foundation on which teaching, learning, and relationships are built. This workshop gives you the opportunity to assess, reflect upon, and improve both teacher and student language in your classroom in order to deepen academic engagement and learning.

  • Assess and build on previously learned Responsive Classroom teacher language skills
  • Explore ways that language impacts conditions for learning
  • Develop a plan for growth in use of teacher language
  • Identify ways to teach core speaking and listening skills and support students’ practice of these skills

Prerequisite: 4-day Elementary Core Course or Middle School Course
Who should attend this workshop: K–8 educators who are interested in deepening their understanding of language use and its impact on the classroom
Resources include: 30 copies each of Improving Teacher and Student Language Resource Book, The Language of Learning, The Power of Our Words, and The Power of Our Words for Middle School

Request a consultation

Sustaining Responsive Classroom Momentum

Sustaining momentum and change can be a challenge. Teachers may start out strong but lose steam during both the school day and the school year. Along the way, excitement and enthusiasm for the approach may dwindle. In this workshop, you’ll deepen your understanding of Responsive Classroom practices that support change throughout the day and the year, and learn strategies that help both you and students stay motivated and focused during especially challenging or tricky times.

  • Create positive beginnings within the first six weeks of school and Morning Meetings
  • Learn to utilize core practices like Morning Meeting, quiet time, and closing circle to anchor the school day and promote engaged learning
  • Explore developmentally appropriate strategies to help your class adapt to big and small changes midday and midyear
  • Learn methods to effectively bring closure to the school day and school year

Prerequisite:  4-day Elementary Core Course
Who should attend this workshop: K–6 educators who want to explore ways to re-energize and breathe new life into their use of the Responsive Classroom approach.
Resources include: 30 copies of Sustaining Responsive Classroom Momentum Resource Book

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Connecting Morning Meeting to Academics

You already use Morning Meeting to transition students into the school day and build your classroom community. Now, learn how to enhance this essential practice by examining how each of its four components can be used to teach both social skills and learning behaviors and how Morning Meeting can increase academic engagement and improve connection to and understanding of the core curriculum.

  • Distinguish the social skills and learning behaviors that are critical for academic success
  • Explore Morning Meeting resource materials for teaching academic and social-emotional skills
  • Develop Interactive Modeling lessons to teach skills during Morning Meeting
  • Plan Morning Meetings that connect to the curriculum while growing social skills, academic skills, and learning behaviors

Prerequisite: 4-day Elementary Core Course
Who should attend this workshop: K–6 educators who are looking for ways to better connect the Morning Meeting structure to their curriculum.
Resources include: 30 copies each of Connecting Morning Meeting to Academics Resource Book, Doing Language Arts in Morning MeetingDoing Math in Morning MeetingDoing Science in Morning MeetingDoing Social Studies in Morning Meeting

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Consultant Observation and Feedback Visit

A Responsive Classroom consultant will come to your school to observe, using our Kaleidoscope Observation Tool. After the visit, the consultant will provide you with a comprehensive growth profile to help guide your next steps in the implementation process.

One of your school leaders will then continue to use Kaleidoscope throughout the school year to observe and monitor classroom and school-wide implementation.

Prerequisite: 4-day Elementary Core Course or Middle School Course

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