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Responsive Classroom is a research- and evidence-based approach to elementary education that leads to greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. Responsive Classroom practices help educators become more effective in three key domains-each of which enables and enriches others:

  1. Engaging Academics Teachers create learning tasks that are active, interactive, appropriately challenging, purposeful, and connected to students’ interests.
  2. Positive Community Teachers nurture a sense of belonging, significance, and emotionally safety so that students feel comfortable taking risks and working with a variety of peers
  3. Effective Management Teachers create a calm, orderly environment that promotes autonomy and allows students to focus on learning.
  4. Developmentally Appropriate Teachers use knowledge of child development, along with observations of students, to create a developmentally appropriate learning environment.

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What is the Responsive Classroom approach

What does it look like in a school?

Focus On Teacher Effectiveness

For over 30 years (over 20 years here at OCM BOCES), Responsive Classroom has been empowering educators by giving them the skills they need to ensure a high-quality education that will help all students thrive in our highly connected, interdependent world.
Professional development in the Responsive Classroom approach strengthens educators’ ability to:

  • Design lessons that are active and interactive
  • Use effective teacher language to promote academic and social growth
  • Encourage engagement by giving students meaningful choices
  • Start each day in a way that sets a positive tone for learning
  • Set high expectations and teach students how to meet them
  • Establish routines that promote autonomy and independence
  • Build a sense of community and share purpose
  • Teach student 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem-soloving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation

Research Shows That It Works

Description: at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education conducted a three-year randomized controlled study of the Responsive Classroom approach. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the research found that when teachers use Responsive Classroom practices, schools see:

  • Higher quality standards-based instruction
  • Significant gains in both math and reading achievement
  • Equally strong gains for all socio-economic groups
  • Greater gains for low-achieving students
  • Better organized, more emotionally supportive classrooms

Nationally Recognized

Description: Classroom was selected as one of the most well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs with potential for broad dissemination to schools across the U.S. by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Responsive Classroom also received distinguished achievement awards for professional development resources from the Association of Educational Publishers and Independent Book Publishers Association.


An Array of Services

OCM BOCES’ Responsive Classroom Professional Development
Since the early 90’s, OCM BOCES has had a strong relationship with the Center for Responsive Schools (CRS), developers of the Responsive Classroom approach. We have been a licensed agency to provide Responsive Classroom training and have had certified trainers for over 20 years!
As a school or district you can choose from a broad variety of consulting services and professional development to meet your school’s or district’s needs, including: (Click each to view)

The Responsive Classroom Course (RCC) – Coming in Summer 2014 Become a more effective teacher by learning research-based strategies that lead to:
  • Engaging academic instruction
  • Better classroom management
  • Positive learning communities

This interactive, highly practical 28-hour (4-day) course is our new and improved entry-level training. It gives classroom and special area teachers everything needed to start using core Responsive Classroom teaching practices. This course replaces Responsive Classroom Level I

Responsive Classroom 2 (RC2)
Build on the fundamentals you learned in Responsive Classroom I in this 28-hour (4-day) advanced-level course. (Prerequisite: RCI or RCC)
Topics covered include:
  • Guided Discovery
  • Academic Choice
  • Classroom Organization
  • Collaborative Problem-solving
  • More on Responding to Misbehavior

Responsive Classroom One-Day Sampler (ODS)
Through discussion and lively interaction, learn how to Responsive Classroom approach boosts children’s social and academic skills while reducing problem behaviors. Here is what you’ll do:
  • Participate in Morning Meeting
  • Explore foundational ideas
  • See practices in action
  • Investigate the Responsive Classroom approach to discipline
  • Gather practical tips to try in your classroom right away

Responding to Misbehavior (RMB) (Prerequisite RCC)
Enhance your skills in managing common classroom discipline problems. You’ll tie together strategies you learned in the Responsive Classroom Course and have plenty of time to practice:
  • Describe problem behaviors
  • Articulate desired behaviors
  • Generating theories about children misbehaviors
  • Considering options for intervening

Morning Meeting & Academics (MMA) (Prerequisite RCC)
Morning Meeting is a powerful strategy for increasing students’ motivation and academic learning. In this workshop, you’ll find new ways to seamlessly connect Morning Meeting with your daily curriculum. Building on your Responsive Classroom Course learning, you’ll:
  • Explore practical, fun, and engaging ways to incorporate your daily academic content into sharing, group activity, and morning message
  • Learn strategies for balancing social and academic learning in Morning Meeting
  • Plan relevant, engaging Morning Meetings for your own students

Jumpstart Your Responsive Classroom Team
  • Once a majority of your school’s staff has been trained in RCC, it will be important to build capacity and support for taking the Responsive Classroom practices to a school-wide approach. This workshop is to assist your 8-10 members Responsive Classroom Team to be data-driven and focus on school-wide areas for growth. Members of the RC Team should comprise of RCC trained teacher leaders of varied grade levels, special areas, and principals. Team members will be given data collecting tools and evaluation time to best focus their school-wide energies on creating engaging academics, effective management, and positive learning communities.

Responsive Classroom Coaching
  • Take your Responsive Classroom learning to the next level and have a full day coach to work with teachers, teams and administrators to assess and provide growth producing feedback on the Responsive Classroom practices.


Responsive Classroom Approach White Pages:

The Responsive Classroom Theory of Change

Center for Responsive Schools (2015)

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