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The Center for the Collaborative Classroom is a nonprofit organization dedicated to students’ growth as critical thinkers.
The Center for the Collaborative Classroom is a nonprofit organization dedicated to students’ growth as critical thinkers who learn from, care for, and respect one another.
The Center for the Collaborative Classroom was created when two leading educational nonprofit organizations—Developmental Studies Center (DSC) and Cornerstone Literacy, Inc. (CLI)—merged to combine their 51 years of collective experience supporting the continuous professional learning of educators and the social and academic development of children. We work with schools and districts to empowers teachers to transform classrooms, build community, and create the conditions for learning in which children can take the necessary risks to become thoughtful, principled citizens of the world. Our curriculum and professional development focus on the integration of academics with social and emotional learning. Teachers become mindful of their practice by using materials that engage and motivate students, develop critical thinkers, and promote reflection about learning and community.
Mission: We believe that how we teach matters as much as what we teach. Our professional development honors all teachers and empowers them to create the conditions for learning that will meet rigorous state standards and nurture the needs of the whole child. Our programs and carefully selected trade books help children appreciate the ideas and opinions of others, learn to agree and disagree respectfully, think critically about big ideas, and become responsible citizens of the world. Since 1980, we have created research-based curricula and provided professional development services to help schools and after-school programs become caring, inclusive communities and stimulating, supportive places in which to learn. Our programs build students’ academic skills while simultaneously deepening their commitment to the values of kindness, helpfulness, personal responsibility, and respect for others. Helping all students become good learners and good people—that is our mission.
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Our colleagues Isabel Sawyer and Marisa Ramirez Stukey studied research on effective professional learning from the past 25 years and distilled these findings into a practical guide for educators. Learn more about their bestselling book Professional Learning Redefined An Evidence-Based Guide here http://bit.ly/2LENMNI.
If you have questions, tips, or stories about your Collaborative Classroom implementation, please consider joining our Facebook Community group! Connect with other like-minded educators! http://bit.ly/2S3hNqM
Learn why reading aloud is one of our best instructional tools from writer Kathy King Dickman. http://bit.ly/2S33H8K
“Mrs. D, Travis ain’t a good reader. Why he don’t read no better than I do. We got lots of good readers in our class, but Travis, he ain’t one of ’em.” This bold statement was made by Travis’ best friend during my first year working with middle school students. I had just shared some...
Great blog from our colleague Isabel Sawyer on rethinking our professional learning networks to deepen our learning.
Reconsidering Professional Learning: Making the Shift to Virtual Experiences http://bit.ly/2Lao4jT
We concocted this crazy scheme at the International Literacy Association Annual Conference in Orlando this summer. Elisabeth, a literacy…
We are excited to announce the launch of The Learning Portal. The Learning Portal helps teachers keep and manage program resources and student reproducibles, build and share paperless assessments and reports, and get the very latest communications, updates, and instructional pacing notifications. The portal also aggregates district-level data into an easily accessible dashboard and is 508 compliant for people with disabilities. Read more http://bit.ly/32yFoo1
YMCA READS shows huge gains in reading fluency and comprehension after implementing the Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Sight Words (SIPPS) program. Results show that at the Englewood Elementary YMCA Reads! program, 98% of students showed an increase in i-Ready scores and all grade levels gained an average of 1.5 academic years of growth. At Myakka River Elementary, 100% of kids in the program had increased reading scores. Read more at http://bit.ly/2khhCLQ
Summer reading for kids can be hard, but so worth it. How do you help kids push their learning? Check out this blog from our own Peter Brunn, in which he grapples with this question. How might you respond? http://bit.ly/2RZtLl2
Being a teacher and a parent brings some unique challenges. I suppose some teachers reading this post may have gone through this and can empathize. Maybe you see yourselves here. Maybe not. In any case, I am going through a parental crises at the moment. You see, I want my daughter to read more. I ....
Great Ted Talk on why it is important to create culturally responsive classroom libraries and teaching materials. http://bit.ly/2S0Qa1u
TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript: Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunde...
What does independent reading look like in your classroom? How can you ensure that students are applying their strategies and learning to love reading? http://bit.ly/2L9od6X
There are many ways that independent reading might look in classrooms all over the world. I know that when I was teaching in the classroom, I loved giving my upper grade students time to enjoy reading through formats such as DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) and SSR (Sustained Silent Reading). I am s...
Check your blind spot: on the importance of diversity in children's literature. http://bit.ly/2S4AjPw
“The greatest problem is not with flat-out white racists, but rather with the far larger number of Americans who believe intellectually in racial equality but are quietly oblivious to injustice around them.”Nicholas Kristof, New York Times I made a mistake. I realized it at a dinner I atten...
Chicago-area educators, join us on August 7th for a special professional-learning workshop, "Creating a Caring School Community" for grades K–8. Transform your classroom climate, build stronger relationships, foster SEL competencies, and explore an entirely different approach to discipline. Register now at https://sforce.co/2S15U4u
Facilitating a whole-group discussion can be challenging. In this video, see how a mix of open-ended questions, follow-up questions, and neutral but interested response makes space for multiple opinions and authentic conversation. Click the link to watch.
Facilitating a whole-group discussion is an art, particularly when you’re trying to create a safe place for authentic conversation. In clips from three Oakland classrooms (grades 1, 4, and 5) engaged in class meetings, see how a mix of open-ended questions, follow-up questions, and neutral but int...
"It took the classroom to another level . . . Students own the reading. They own the process. Instead of us saying to them, 'this is what you're going to do now,' we're teaching them how to think." In this video, teachers, coaches, and district leaders at Hopkins Public Schools talk about why they are using Collaborative Literacy. http://bit.ly/2VWVIzu
Hopkins Public Schools staff outline the exciting new Collaborative Literacy curriculum being implemented for the 2018-2019 school year.
New to Collaborative Classroom's work? Read about us in this case study from the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. http://bit.ly/30w60oH
Shows how schools and educators enhance learning when they teach a curriculum that simultaneously builds students’ social, emotional, and academic understanding.
Wondering how to integrate SEL into your classroom? Transforming Education's latest resource is an SEL Integration Approach for Classroom Educators that combines six key components critical to supporting the whole learner: conducive environments, strong relationships, explicit instruction, thoughtful modeling, practice opportunities, and teachable moments. http://bit.ly/2KEGsRL
ICYMI: check out the four-part playlist of "Building a Caring School Community," our professional-learning webinar series about the newly revised Caring School Community curriculum! http://bit.ly/30z4Loz #SEL
Are you using Being a Reader? If so, don't miss our ongoing professional-learning webinar series! View past webinars and register for the upcoming sessions here: http://bit.ly/30wnMbm
There is a strong and growing body of evidence to support the benefits of SEL. A meta-analysis of 213 studies of schools that implemented evidence-based SEL programming found student gains in social-emotional skill development; improved attitudes about themselves, others, and school; more positive classroom behavior; and an 11-percentile-point gain on standardized achievement tests. Read more http://bit.ly/2JSZJxt
We're heading to Las Vegas for the ILA Intensive conference! We hope you will join us and thousands of educators for an unforgettable conference. http://bit.ly/2W8LtrS
2 days left until ILA Intensive! If you'll be there, check out "The Work Before the Work: Uncovering and Addressing Biases Before Engaging With Culturally Diverse Text" on Friday, June 21 with Tamera Slaughter and Rhonda Sutton.http://bit.ly/2I8GL3d
ICYMI: Teachers and coaches, are you using Collaborative Literacy in your school? Join us for "Strengthening the Power of Collaborative Literacy Instruction," a free, eight-part webinar series just for you! Learn more at http://bit.ly/30BT7tm #literacy
Our curriculum and professional learning, guided by four core principles, are grounded in the belief that how we teach matters as much as what we teach. http://bit.ly/2HBNxyo #teachers #educators
At Collaborative Classroom, we believe that professional learning embedded in high-quality curriculum is essential to the success of teachers and students—and it is at the core of all our work. We believe that our curriculum and continuous professional learning empower teachers to transform classr...
Virginia and Maryland educators, let's use our collective genius to collaborate and problem-solve to better support the needs of students. Join us on July 12th for a professional learning event co-hosted by the VA and MD affiliates of Learning Forward. Special guest Jennifer Abrams will help us bring our best adult selves to this vital work! Learn more at https://sforce.co/2WDicAK
Sioux Falls will expand its implementation of the Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Sight Words (SIPPS) program after students in this year's pilot made significant gains. Results show almost all students using the SIPPS program made at least four quarters' worth of growth. Learn more about the Sioux Falls results at https://bit.ly/2N1heiv.
Six more Sioux Falls schools will get reading intervention support after a new literacy intervention program's pilot year's success, officials said.
Pennsylvania educators, are you attending the K–12 Literacy Symposium in Center Valley today? Join our own Jonette Marcus for the session "Architecture of a Literacy Conference" to deepen your thinking around conferring and experience practical tools that support your one-to-one conferences with students! http://bit.ly/2R7Wkwo
Selecting and implementing the right ELA curriculum can lead to transformational change in student literacy. What selection and implementation processes will set you up for success? Dana Cilono of Education for Change Public Schools and Lisa Shugart of KIPP Bay Area Public Schools share their experience in selecting and implementing Collaborative Literacy as their ELA curriculum. For an in-depth review of the implementation process, read our blog http://bit.ly/2VPpMwT.
Selecting and implementing the right ELA curriculum can lead to transformational change in student literacy. What selection and implementation processes will set you up for success? Dana Cilono of Education for Change Public Schools and Lisa Shugart of KIPP Bay Area Public Schools share their expert...
Join us at ILA Intensive for professional learning sessions and strategies that will transform your practice to acknowledge and address disparities among your students. Don't miss our session "The Work Before the Work: Uncovering and Addressing Biases Before Engaging With Culturally Diverse Text" with Tamera Slaughter and Rhonda Sutton. http://bit.ly/2QuqR7j
Tomorrow is the day! Join us at Collaborative Literacy Summer Institute: Teaching and Learning with Intention for multiple professional-learning sessions on best practices, implementation, literacy, and student learning. http://bit.ly/2wrkcl4 #collabclass
4 more days! Join us at Collaborative Literacy Summer Institute: Teaching and Learning with Intention in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 11–13! If you'll be there, check out our professional-learning sessions, and tell us about your collaborative classroom! Learn more http://bit.ly/2Wbn1pz #collabclass
Recognizing that children in any specific classroom will be at various phases of their reading development, with some reading more fluently and other struggling to access text, what kind of phonics instruction makes sense? Read more about “Is There a Right Way to Teach Reading?” here http://bit.ly/2HGPnOA.
If you're attending the Collaborative Literacy Summer Institute: Teaching and Learning with Intention in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 11–13, don't miss Collaborative Literacy teachers, coaches, and administrators for professional-learning sessions about best practices, implementation, and more. http://bit.ly/2wqp6Pq #collabclass
What kinds of instructional strategies can we use to meet the needs of students who are analyzing texts and writing about reading? Dr. Sarah Catto shares her expertise in Writing About Reading: Aligning What, When, and Why with Intentional Annotation. http://bit.ly/2HSXFTJ
In my previous blog, I addressed text-dependent analysis (TDA) questions and how they require analytical reading before a student can put their thoughts in writing. We explored the idea that in order for a student’s writing to fully answer a TDA question, we as educators must place an emphasis on ...
Do you have questions about implementing Collaborative Classroom programs? Join our Facebook community, where like-minded educators share experiences, ask questions, reflect on the status of their implementations, and swap ideas! http://bit.ly/2VEuOav #collabclass
Did you miss our professional-learning webinar, "Looking at the Intersection of Student Agency and School Discipline Practices," with Peter Brunn of Collaborative Classroom and Akira Gutierrez of Transforming Education? Watch it now at http://bit.ly/2VTd1RY #SEL
Looking at the Intersection of Student Agency and School Discipline Practices A webinar with Peter Brunn of Collaborative Classroom and Akira Gutierrez of Tr...
We're excited to announce that the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website has added Caring School Community to its list of evidence-based social and emotional learning resources. Learn more about Caring School Community and other SEL alignment tools in Wisconsin. http://bit.ly/30Df9fp
If you are attending ILA Intensive in June, don't miss our session professional learning session "Building Equity Through Powerful Literacy Instruction" on June, 21st with Marisa Ramirez Stukey and Claire Riddell. Learn more about the conference http://bit.ly/2QxMyDl
Seven Ways to Get Discipline Right: Here are seven best practices we believe should be at the core of every school discipline program. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2HLK1Si.
In a recent post we deconstructed the term discipline and foregrounded Fred Rogers’s focus on the teaching-learning relationship that is at the core of the word, and how that might look in a caring school community. Based on this thinking, here are seven best practices we believe should be at the ...
Did you know that Collaborative Classroom offers SIPPS support for students identified with #dyslexia? Intensive Multisensory Instruction for SIPPS provides variations that can be readily added to the original SIPPS routines. Download a lesson sample here: http://bit.ly/2QeAZ3U #phonics
What Is SIPPS? Literacy builds a foundation for success in school and life. SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) helps new and struggling readers build the skills and confidence they need to gain reading fluency and comprehension. SIPPS offers a systemat...
ICYMI: Our entire Caring School Community webinar series is now available on demand! Watch it anytime, and learn how to build classroom and schoolwide community, while developing your students’ SEL skills and competencies. http://bit.ly/2waMQXr
What are your professional-learning goals for this summer? Check out our Events & Webinars Calendar and get inspired! Visit http://bit.ly/2w9ulCL to find a professional-learning event that's right for you.
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The Center for the Collaborative Classroom is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to providing continuous professional learning for teachers and curricula that support the academic, ethical, and social development of children. The organization brings to bear 51 years of collective experience from two leading educational nonprofit organizations: Center for the Collaborative Classroom (CCC) and Cornerstone Literacy, Inc. (CLI). DSC was founded by Eric Schaps in 1980 to conduct research and develop school-based and after-school programs that help children achieve academically and develop socially. DSC has impacted more than 120,000 classrooms and 20,000 after-school sites with its curriculum and professional development. CLI has worked to improve literacy and critical-thinking skills for students in high-poverty communities for more than 16 years. Initially founded as a national literacy initiative of the New York Institute for Special Education, CLI worked with more than 100 schools in 14 districts to provide embedded professional development aimed at increasing the number of highly effective teachers, and helping schools create a culture where teachers can be successful and students have the opportunity to learn, develop, and achieve at high levels. Subscribe to our blog: collaborativeclassroom.org/blog Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thecollaborativeclassroom Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/CollabClassroom
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