PL-CI-506 Introduction to Responsive Classroom


PL-CI-506 Introduction to Responsive Classroom


Monday, January 23, 2017                     8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Please be sure to complete and submit a Request to Attend (RTA) form to your school principal prior to registering for this course.

Responsive Classroom is a widely used research-based approach to education that is designed to increase academic achievement, decrease problem behavior, improve a child’s social skills and lead to more high-quality instruction. In this one-day introduction to the Responsive Classroom approach you’ll learn how Responsive Classroom practices and strategies help teachers to foster positive community, integrate engaging 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.  

Middle School Educators, please take note!  This particular workshop will delve further into what Responsive Classroom approaches look like in the middle school grades--Responsive Classroom approaches are used in each of our elementary schools, and by the time a student transitions to middle school, s/he has been exposed to the structures and vocabulary of Responsive Classroom over the course of several years.  If you are a middle school educator who is interested in understanding your students’ Responsive Classroom experience, and how you can continue the positive behavior and learning systems established at the younger grades, this introduction will provide you with the background information and strategies you can use.  

Additionally, for building administrators, this Introduction will provide you with strategies and vocabulary unique to Responsive Classroom.  This information will give administrators insight into how Responsive Classroom is currently being implemented, and how schools and teachers can use the Responsive Classroom approach to help shape the climate and culture of classrooms.  

About the Facilitator:  Gail Lunetta, Center for Responsive Schools, Inc.

Gail Lunetta has been the Responsive Classroom instructor for the Lexington Public Schools for the past five years, and has been consulting with the Center for Responsive Schools since 1999.  She currently works for the organization year-round.  Her teaching experience includes PreK-6th grade special education as well as gifted education.  In that capacity she taught in self-contained classes, conducted pull-out instruction, and worked in collaboration with both general and resource room teachers.  She worked in her school district in New Jersey to help create joyful, safe and challenging classrooms through Responsive Classroom.  As a consultant she currently teaches Responsive Classroom I, Responsive Classroom II, all of the various one-day offerings, and works as a consultant in school districts and trains trainers.


Who May Enroll:  Grades PK-8 educators and administrators

Location:  Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 2

PDPs/Credits:  6.5 PDPs

Class Size:  30



Kristen McGrath
Phone: 781-861-2580 x68043


Seat Availability: 19 of 30 available.
Last day to register: 1/19/2017

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Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 2
146 Maple Street
Lexington, MA 02420The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers.