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Teaching Discipline in the Classroom using the Responsive Classroom Approach

Teaching the social curriculum increases the time that children are actively engaged in the classroom.  This workshop will focus on the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching discipline which is designed to develop children’s self-control, increase their understanding about what positive behavior looks and sounds like, and assist teachers in the development of skills to handle challenging behaviors.

The Responsive Classroom approach is one of 23 programs included in the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)’s 2013 guide to preschool and elementary programs that are “well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs with potential for broad dissemination to schools across the United States.” (Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. (2014)

In this workshop series teachers will:

  • Watch videos of teachers using the strategies in their classrooms.
  • Take part in structured discussions, reflection, and planning.
  • Gain practical knowledge that can be used in classrooms to set the foundation during the first six weeks of school.
  • Develop plans for implementation using the book Rules in School: Teaching Discipline in the Responsive Classroom.

Program Details

Target Audience: Teachers of grades PK-6, priority given to those in Title II grant schools

Instructors: Linda Zankowsky, Ed.D., and Laurie Palmer, Ed.D.
Dates: July 13-17, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: 200 Academy Street, Room 104, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Participants Receive: The book Rules in Schools: Teaching Discipline in the Classroom and a certificate for 20 clock hours to be approved by your district.
Registration: Teaching Discipline in the Classroom registration
Information: Please contact Jessica Peace at jpeace@udel.edu or click here for the information flyer.

About the Instructors

Dr. Linda Zankowsky has 29 years of experience as a Reading Specialist, classroom teacher, and leader in Delaware Public and Independent Schools. Linda’s focus has been on leadership development, literacy and assessment, social curriculum in schools, and building professional learning communities. She has served as an adjunct instructor at the University, has consulted with schools and presented nationally on assessment in literacy. Linda has served on various state committees focused on early childhood education and curriculum development. Currently, Linda is an Associate Director in the UD Professional Development Center for Educators and directs the Office of Clinical Studies which annually places approximately 1600 students in field placements in area schools providing important foundational experiences for the next generation of teachers.

Dr. Laurie Palmer is an assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. She teaches in the Elementary Teacher Education Program and is the Coordinator of the Elementary Teacher Education Programs in southern Delaware. Her more than 25 years of educational experience includes teaching and advising at the University, Director of the UD/Milford Professional Development School, first grade teacher, Delaware Writing Project Fellow, and professional development facilitator in our public schools. Dr. Palmer’s research interests include school/university partnerships, improving field experiences for teacher candidates and mentor teachers, classroom management, and coteaching.

200 Academy Street · University of Delaware · Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1279
Fax: 302-831-2708
E-mail: PDCE-CEHD@udel.edu