This free 30-minute webinar is designed for administrators, school leaders, and teachers using or making decisions about using the Responsive Classroom approach in their schools and classrooms. The webinar will include a very brief introduction to the Responsive Classroom approach, a description of a research study, and an explanation of findings on the effects of the Responsive Classroom approach.
The Responsive Classroom Efficacy Study is a recently completed three-year research study funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The study addressed the questions: Does the Responsive Classroom approach improve student outcomes? If so, how and for whom? The webinar will describe the newly published and soon to be published findings.
More information about the Responsive Classroom approach.
- "If we attend to children's social and emotional needs, will their academic performance suffer?"
- "What do we know about how the Responsive Classroom approach works inside of the classroom?"
- "Would the Responsive Classroom approach be likely to work in our district or school?"
The purpose of this webinar is to address these issues, especially the ways that the Responsive Classroom approach relates to classroom quality and children's social and academic outcomes. The webinar will use key research findings to address the process of successful implementation in elementary schools and ways to maximize teachers' adherence to the approach.
Sara Rimm-Kaufman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education, has been conducting research on elementary school classrooms for the past 15 years. She and her research team have been conducting research on the Responsive Classroom approach since 2000. Author of over 45 academic papers on children’s development in schools, Rimm-Kaufman conducts research that examines the scientific evidence behind school and classroom practices. This webinar provides an opportunity for her to disseminate information in a way that meets the needs of educators making decisions about schools and classrooms.
Julie Thomas, B.S., Directing Manager of the University of Virginia Social Development Lab, has been engaged in research in education science since 2008. She has managed a broad range of behind-the-scenes work pertaining to the Responsive Classroom Efficacy Study including fostering relationships with collaborators, managing data collection, overseeing classroom observational coding, handling complex data sets, and coordinating each phase of the research process.