Sara Rimm-Kaufman, Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
The Responsive Classroom (RC) approach is an elementary school social and emotional learning intervention designed to improve teachers' capacity to manage their classroom effectively, enhance children's social and emotional skills, and engage students in instruction. Like many professional development interventions used in schools, the RC approach is widely used by educators but has not been well-researched. Rimm-Kaufman will describe results from a randomized controlled trial of the approach. Further, the talk will give special attention to examining what occurs in the classroom when teachers use the RC approach. Rimm-Kaufman will raise scientifically interesting (but pragmatically complex) issues pertaining to measurement of fidelity of implementation and will describe new results that address the challenges faced by elementary school teachers as they implement standards-based mathematics.