Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Responsive Classroom AT HOME!

The tools of Responsive Classroom can be used to help create a calm, supportive and encouraging environment at home too!
Open to the Public – No Registration Required
Tuesday, March 15th 6:30pm – 8:30pm Thursday, April 7th 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Room 210, The Education Center 100 Walnut Street, Newton
Join us to learn practical strategies to creating positive behavior at home including:
Family Meeting
House Rules
Interactive Modeling
Positive Language
Logical Consequences
Quiet Time

This workshop will be taught by Amy Kelly, District Leader of Social and Emotional Learning, Newton Public Schools.
Co-Sponsored by
For more information please contact: Kathy Marchi, SEL Dept. (617) 559-6139

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Alifie Kohn! A wonderful opportunity to hear him at Brandeis

 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education   
8th Annual Teacher Forum
Choices in the Classroom:  
From Coercion to Community with Alfie Kohn
Sunday, February 28, 2016
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Brandeis University 
Hassenfeld Conference Center
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

This event is free and open to the public but space is limited and registration is required. 

* What's the single greatest obstacle to creating more democratic classrooms?
* How can students make individual and collective decisions about learning?
* Is it realistic for students to participate in designing their curriculum?
If we want students to take responsibility for their behavior and learning, it is up to us to give them responsibilities. Research shows unequivocally that students learn more effectively and care more about what they are learning when they have some say about their experiences. By contrast, they suffer from burnout when they feel powerless. Alfie Kohn describes the whys and the hows of bringing students into the decision-making process on many aspects of their learning.

Alfie Kohn
Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. He is the author of 14 books and scores of articles including Punished by Rewards, The Schools our Children Deserve, and The Homework Myth. He has been described in Time magazine as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores."