So Much Good News!
I am so pleased to announce that the Responsive Classroom approach was recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) this week in their new national report featuring programs showing a positive impact on school outcomes and climate.
The 2013 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs (Preschool and Elementary School Edition) identifies 23 school-based programs that "promote students' self-control, relationship-building, and problem-solving, among other competencies."
CASEL leaders, along with a panel of school leaders and teachers, were on Capitol Hill yesterday to release the guide with Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), a champion of social and emotional learning and author of the Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Act of 2011. Joining Biggert was Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), a co-sponsor of the legislation.
In order to be selected, programs had to meet three criteria: 1) Be well-designed, 2) Deliver high-quality training and implementation supports, and 3) Be evidence-based. The Responsive Classroom approach received high marks on all three criteria. You can read and download the entire guide, including complete program ratings and descriptions, on CASEL's website.
This good news comes on the heels of a recent Education Week article highlighting findings from a three-year, $2.9 million research study of the Responsive Classroom approach conducted through the University of Virginia and funded by the U.S. Department of Education. You can learn more about this study by reading the article, "Research Links 'Responsive' Teaching to Academic Gains," or by reading a 2-page summary of the findings available on our website.
It has been an exciting week of good news for the Responsive Classroom approach with much publicity highlighting what many educators already know: The Responsive Classroom approach works!
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