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Responsive Classroom Training 2016

Responsive Classroom is a set of simple yet powerful techniques developed especially for elementary schools.  When used properly, it can encourage greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement and improved school climate.  The Responsive Classroom consists of a set of practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies.  These practices focus on four domains:  engaging academics, effective management, positive community, and developmentally responsive teaching.  It has been recognized by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) as “one of the most well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs” (Adapted from the Responsive Classroom Course Resource Book and hand-outs, ©CRS2015).
Responsive Classroom is a general approach to education that incorporates both academics and socio-emotional skills.  Throughout each day, students and faculty at Emily Howland Elementary School will experience interactions within the classroom that help to fortify those competencies.  Many of the Responsive Classroom practices are utilized at Emily Howland ES and might even remind you of your own time as a student.  Of course, many of our teachers already use some of or all of these techniques.  By employing them more constantly, we expect to see their successes multiply.  Over two years (2015-2017), all Emily Howland faculty members will participate in a four-day training program designed to certify members in Responsive Classroom techniques.  Training will be provided by OCM BOCES. 
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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026