Center for the Collaborative Classroom

Center for the Collaborative Classroom 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.
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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.

How does your identity and experiences shape your approach to issues of equity? In this insightful article from ASCD, le...
04/24/2019
Leading for Equity: 5 Steps from Awareness to Commitment

How does your identity and experiences shape your approach to issues of equity? In this insightful article from ASCD, learn how this five-step process supports leaders on their journey toward equity-centered leadership. Read more at http://bit.ly/2Ul2lG0

We know two things about equity. First, it is measurable. Second, it is both a felt sense and lived experience. Therefore, instructional leaders must not only track metrics on equity issues in their schools, they must also use social-emotional learning to positively affect the culture within their s...

Have you had your annual Recess Checkup?  Our friends at Playworks created an online quiz  to help educators evaluate th...
04/23/2019
Take the Checkup | Recess Lab

Have you had your annual Recess Checkup? Our friends at Playworks created an online quiz to help educators evaluate their recess for safe, healthy play. Take this three-minute check-up, and learn about what’s really happening in your play space. http://bit.ly/2VPzMSt

The Recess Checkup is an online quiz designed to help you identify strengths and uncover areas for improvement at your school.

Our friends Substantial Classrooms have a new app to make SubPlans work better for everyone! Check it out at http://bit....
04/22/2019
SubPlans

Our friends Substantial Classrooms have a new app to make SubPlans work better for everyone! Check it out at http://bit.ly/2ZqfnWi

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Celebrating Earth Day with one of our favorite books, "Aani and the Tree Huggers" by Jeannine Atkins.“Aani threw her a...
04/22/2019

Celebrating Earth Day with one of our favorite books, "Aani and the Tree Huggers" by Jeannine Atkins.

“Aani threw her arms around the tree...she pressed herself closer to the tree, close, so that nothing came between them. The bark scraped her cheek. She didn’t look until the sounds of the saws and swinging axes stopped. The wind wound around the trees so that the leaves softly whoo-hooed and hummed. And then she saw that all around her women and children were hugging trees.”

Ohio K-12 administrators, are your students thriving academically and socially? Join us on Friday, May 3rd in Independen...
04/19/2019

Ohio K-12 administrators, are your students thriving academically and socially? Join us on Friday, May 3rd in Independence for a very special workshop to explore Ohio's SEL Standards. Register today at https://sforce.co/2DjkBtO.

Join us at the ASCD and EL Magazine event “Separate and Still Unequal: Race in America’s Schools 65 years after Brow...
04/18/2019
ASCD Educational Leadership Presents Separate and Still Unequal: Race in America’s Schools 65 years after Brown v. Board of Education

Join us at the ASCD and EL Magazine event “Separate and Still Unequal: Race in America’s Schools 65 years after Brown v. Board of Education” on April 23. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2DhZEzb.

This spring marks the 65th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. the Board of Education decision. In recognition of this occasion, ASCD--a nonprofit membership organization devoted whole child education--will be holding a special live event in our nation's capital to explore chal...

In honor of #HaikuPoetryDay we're highlighting one of the diverse books in our program, Cool Melons –Turn to Frogs!: T...
04/17/2019

In honor of #HaikuPoetryDay we're highlighting one of the diverse books in our program, Cool Melons –Turn to Frogs!: The Life and Poems of Issa. #NationalPoetryMonth

"Children imitating cormorants
are even more wonderful
than cormorants."
by Kobayashi Issa

Dr. Holly Lane from the University of Florida shares her expertise in part one of a two-part blog series about dyslexia....
04/17/2019

Dr. Holly Lane from the University of Florida shares her expertise in part one of a two-part blog series about dyslexia. Read more at http://bit.ly/2Dj1G2a #dsylexia

We are pleased to announce our partnership with ThinkCERCA. Last month, a bill was filed in the Texas Legislature to req...
04/16/2019

We are pleased to announce our partnership with ThinkCERCA. Last month, a bill was filed in the Texas Legislature to require the State Board of Education to adopt standards for social and emotional learning. Both Collaborative Classroom and ThinkCERCA provide research-based curricula that are rooted in social and emotional learning. Read more at http://bit.ly/2UlmLPh. #SEL

If you are attending ILA Intensive in June, don't miss our professional learning session "Building Equity Through Powerf...
04/15/2019

If you are attending ILA Intensive in June, don't miss our professional learning session "Building Equity Through Powerful Literacy Instruction" with Marisa Ramirez Stukey and Claire Riddell. Learn more about the conference http://bit.ly/2YJK0WA

It's not too late! Register now to join our professional learning session, "Writing Time, K–6: The Power of Engaging S...
04/12/2019

It's not too late! Register now to join our professional learning session, "Writing Time, K–6: The Power of Engaging Students in Writing Daily" on Tuesday, April 16 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM (EST). This session will feature the power of engaging students in daily writing. We will discuss the importance of Writing Time in the Being a Writer lesson, how to effectively plan and implement Writing Time to maximize student engagement in writing and much more. Register https://sforce.co/2IsWDiZ

Happy National Pet Day! We're celebrating with three incredible books used in our program or libraries: Ragweed's Farm D...
04/11/2019

Happy National Pet Day! We're celebrating with three incredible books used in our program or libraries: Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook by Anne Vittur Kennedy, Temple Cat by Andrew Clements, and Two Bobbies by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery. #NationalPetDay #Literacy

We're highlighting an interview with author Patricia Polacco. She has written over 100 children's books and stories, man...
04/10/2019
Interview with Patricia Polacco | Center for the Collaborative Classroom

We're highlighting an interview with author Patricia Polacco. She has written over 100 children's books and stories, many of which can be found in our Making Meaning and Being a Writer programs. Read the full interview and get to know this influential author here: http://bit.ly/2YKwp19

Children’s books are the cornerstone of many Collaborative Classroom programs; in a way, the authors are our behind-the-scenes collaborators. We want teachers, administrators, students, and parents to be able to get to know these wonderful authors and illustrators, so we launched a series of inter...

Join us Wednesday, April 24 from 10:00 to 11:15 AM (EST) for a webinar about Caring School Community, an evidence-based ...
04/08/2019

Join us Wednesday, April 24 from 10:00 to 11:15 AM (EST) for a webinar about Caring School Community, an evidence-based Social and Emotional Learning program for Elementary and Middle Schools. Register here https://sforce.co/2KmxJEi

It's not too late! Register now to join us at ILA Intensive in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 21-22, 2019. At ILA Intensive...
04/05/2019

It's not too late! Register now to join us at ILA Intensive in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 21-22, 2019. At ILA Intensive, Collaborative Classroom educators Tamera Slaughter and Rhonda Sutton will present a session "The Work Before the Work: Uncovering and Addressing Biases Before Engaging With Culturally Diverse Text." Learn more about the conference http://bit.ly/2TPv2uy

New on our blog, is the second part in the “Literacy at Home” series: “Literacy at Home: Literacy from Birth to Fi...
04/04/2019

New on our blog, is the second part in the “Literacy at Home” series: “Literacy at Home: Literacy from Birth to Five.” Read the second part of the series at http://bit.ly/2YNAsJU.

Collaborative Classroom built two essential supports found in this commentary. We built a pathway for an individual teac...
04/03/2019
Don't Give Up on Curriculum Reform Just Yet

Collaborative Classroom built two essential supports found in this commentary. We built a pathway for an individual teacher to learn through embedded videos/educative curriculum across the year. We have a system for an individual school to own their PL. Read more at http://bit.ly/2UeiwK0

Adopting more-rigorous curricula didn't produce the academic gains that many hoped for, a new study found. But that's not the end of the story, write Thomas J. Kane and David Steiner.

Maryland #literacy educators, are you attending #SoMLA19 this week in Baltimore? Collaborative Classroom will be there w...
04/01/2019

Maryland #literacy educators, are you attending #SoMLA19 this week in Baltimore? Collaborative Classroom will be there with three sessions -- and we're delighted to bring you amazing guest presenters Tanny McGregor and Stephanie Milligan of HCPSS. We can't wait to learn with you!

We're seeking a talented and experienced leader with strong management skills to join our team as Regional Director of E...
03/29/2019

We're seeking a talented and experienced leader with strong management skills to join our team as Regional Director of Educational Partnerships. Learn more about this position at http://bit.ly/2HK2NMe.

ICYMI: check out the four-part playlist of "Building a Caring School Community," our professional-learning webinar serie...
03/28/2019

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/2T1chUp

Kathy King-Dickman shares the impact that one special book has on numerous children in "Literacy at Home: The Joyous Jou...
03/26/2019

Kathy King-Dickman shares the impact that one special book has on numerous children in "Literacy at Home: The Joyous Journey of Just One Book." Read more at http://bit.ly/2WpgV0G

Join us at ILA Intensive: Equity and Access to Literacy for professional learning sessions and strategies that will tran...
03/25/2019

Join us at ILA Intensive: Equity and Access to Literacy for professional learning sessions and strategies that will transform your practice to acknowledge and address disparities among your students. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2TNCN95

03/22/2019
Collaborative Literacy

"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/2t2BPWx

Hopkins Public Schools staff outline the exciting new Collaborative Literacy curriculum being implemented for the 2018-2019 school year.

“We’re leaning on the stoop, see counting wedges of blue skySandwiched in between the roofsAnd white clouds drifting...
03/21/2019

“We’re leaning on the stoop,
see counting wedges of blue sky
Sandwiched in between the roofs
And white clouds drifting by.”
from “Second Son” in My Man Blue by Nikki Grimes #worldpoetryday

“I’m the sea,I’m not afraid of the storm.”from Sea by Shafee’e Kadkani, translated by Ali Maza-heri, in The Fl...
03/20/2019

“I’m the sea,
I’m not afraid of the storm.”
from Sea by Shafee’e Kadkani, translated by Ali Maza-heri, in The Flag of Childhood: Poems from the Middle East selected by Naomi Shihab Nye #worldpoetryday

Collaborative Classroom is looking for everyday people and a cross-representation of all races to participate in a photo...
03/20/2019

Collaborative Classroom is looking for everyday people and a cross-representation of all races to participate in a photo shoot. (10 people, Age range: 25 to 65+, All gender identities, Diverse ethnic backgrounds) For more details, please see contact info below. #photoshoot

Today for #WomensHistoryMonth, we're highlighting an interview with Dr. Jonda McNair, professor of literacy education at...
03/19/2019
Interview with Dr. Jonda McNair | Center for the Collaborative Classroom

Today for #WomensHistoryMonth, we're highlighting an interview with Dr. Jonda McNair, professor of literacy education at Clemson University in South Carolina. Dr. McNair and Collaborative Classroom share a commitment to the transformative power of reading education, children’s literature, and diversity. Read more on our blog http://bit.ly/2HwCPeh.

Dr. Jonda C. McNair brings valued experience and perspective to topics that are fundamental to Center for the Collaborative Classroom (CCC). She is a professor of literacy education at Clemson University in South Carolina (specializing in children’s literature with an emphasis on books written by ...

If you've ever participated in a #Satchat, then you know that it's not only the discussion during this Twitter chat, but...
03/18/2019

If you've ever participated in a #Satchat, then you know that it's not only the discussion during this Twitter chat, but the ongoing conversations afterward that continue to challenge your thinking. Check out this summary from a #Satchat with Dr. Sarah Catto around equity and SEL and how they intersect in classroom settings. http://bit.ly/2SXafER

“Caring School Community has helped us commit to a schoolwide SEL initiative and transform our entire community: stude...
03/17/2019

“Caring School Community has helped us commit to a schoolwide SEL initiative and transform our entire community: students, teachers, parents.” Principal Stacy Stewart of Chicago Public Schools, at ASCD #empower19

“Experiencing a sense of community is vital for our students. Community is the birthplace of student engagement. It’...
03/17/2019

“Experiencing a sense of community is vital for our students. Community is the birthplace of student engagement. It’s at the heart of the work.” Peter Brunn in our session today at ASCD #empower19

ASCD Empower19 educators, we're excited to see you today for our professional learning session, "How a School Supports A...
03/17/2019

ASCD Empower19 educators, we're excited to see you today for our professional learning session, "How a School Supports All Students by Building a Caring School Community." Principal Stacy P. Stewart of Belmont-Cragin School in Chicago will share her multi-year initiative to support teachers and students in building relationships and creating a safe and engaged learning environment, with our own Peter Brunn!

Thank you, Chicago, for an amazing day of learning at #Empower19! #collabclass
03/17/2019

Thank you, Chicago, for an amazing day of learning at #Empower19! #collabclass

“Being a Writer is reaching ALL our students. It’s creating a tremendous opportunity for all students to participate...
03/16/2019

“Being a Writer is reaching ALL our students. It’s creating a tremendous opportunity for all students to participate and grow as writers, to take ownership of their learning.” Principal Martin Anderson of Chicago Public Schools. From today’s session at ASCD #empower19 #collabclass

ASCD Empower19 attendees, join us from 1:30 –2:30 PM for "How One District Builds Equity Through Powerful Writing Inst...
03/16/2019

ASCD Empower19 attendees, join us from 1:30 –2:30 PM for "How One District Builds Equity Through Powerful Writing Instruction." You'll learn the steps that one urban district is taking to ensure equity and excellence in the teaching of writing. Martín Anderson, Principal, West Park Academy, Chicago Public Schools will discuss an initiative underway to support writing instruction that promotes access and equity for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

03/15/2019

Tomorrow is the day! Join Collaborative Classroom at ASCD for multiple professional-learning sessions on literacy, equity, and SEL or stop by booth 1866 to say hello! #CollabClass

ASCD Empower19 educators, we're excited to see you on Sunday for our professional learning session, "How a School Suppor...
03/15/2019

ASCD Empower19 educators, we're excited to see you on Sunday for our professional learning session, "How a School Supports All Students by Building a Caring School Community." In this session, Stacy P. Stewart, Principal, Belmont-Cragin School will share her multi-year initiative to support teachers and students in building relationships and creating a safe and engaged learning environment. http://bit.ly/2UUv0lQ

We're counting down to ASCD Empower19 this weekend! Collaborative Classroom educators and school leaders will present be...
03/15/2019
ASCD Empower19 Conference | Center for the Collaborative Classroom

We're counting down to ASCD Empower19 this weekend! Collaborative Classroom educators and school leaders will present best practices for promoting access and equity and building caring communities in two professional-learning sessions. Also, stop by booth 1866 to say hello. Learn more http://bit.ly/2DF68Ym

Strengthening Learning Communities with SEL Building Relationships, Transforming Discipline, Enabling Academic Success Collaborative Classroom understands that incorporating SEL practices into instruction builds strong learning communities. At ASCD, Collaborative Classroom educators and school leade...

03/15/2019

We are thrilled to partner with Arlington Heights in IL as they implement Being a Writer district-wide. Learn more http://bit.ly/2F0ZJri

Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Collaborative Classroom's SIPPS program, and Core, Inc are a winning combination ...
03/14/2019

Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Collaborative Classroom's SIPPS program, and Core, Inc are a winning combination for students. Read more about the incredible work happening in Pajaro Valley https://bit.ly/2FfcFLz

3 days left until ASCD Empower 19! If you'll be there, check out "How One District Builds Equity Through Powerful Writin...
03/12/2019

3 days left until ASCD Empower 19! If you'll be there, check out "How One District Builds Equity Through Powerful Writing Instruction" with our own Kristy Rauch and CPS principal Martín Anderson! The session is on Saturday, March 16 from 1:30 –2:30 PM. Learn more http://bit.ly/2SFYKqd

Are you attending ASCD Empower19 in Chicago? We are! Join us for two special professional-learning sessions: "How One Di...
03/11/2019
ASCD Empower19 Conference | Center for the Collaborative Classroom

Are you attending ASCD Empower19 in Chicago? We are! Join us for two special professional-learning sessions: "How One District Builds Equity Through Powerful Writing Instruction" on Saturday, March 16th with Kristy Rauch and "How a School Supports All Students by Building a Caring School Community" on Sunday, March 17th with Peter Brunn. Learn more about the conference http://bit.ly/2IrXimD

Strengthening Learning Communities with SEL Building Relationships, Transforming Discipline, Enabling Academic Success Collaborative Classroom understands that incorporating SEL practices into instruction builds strong learning communities. At ASCD, Collaborative Classroom educators and school leade...

"Professional Learning Redefined" by Isabel Sawyer and Marisa Ramirez Stukey dissects the key components of professional...
03/11/2019

"Professional Learning Redefined" by Isabel Sawyer and Marisa Ramirez Stukey dissects the key components of professional learning, like coherence, connections, and content, and examines each through an evidence-based lens. Join them for a Twitter chat today at 8:30 PM EST use hashtags #LFVAchat CollabClass. http://bit.ly/2CluBCn

Dr. Sarah Catto explores the four elements of personalized learning: student ownership of learning, formal and informal ...
03/08/2019

Dr. Sarah Catto explores the four elements of personalized learning: student ownership of learning, formal and informal assessment data, developing learner profiles and learning pathways, and utilizing flexible learning environment on our blog in “Personalized Learning: Four Elements that Support All Students.” http://bit.ly/2BVZkFz

Happy #InternationalWomensDay  “I encourage young women to aspire to leadership. We are missing a lot of great solutio...
03/08/2019

Happy #InternationalWomensDay

“I encourage young women to aspire to leadership. We are missing a lot of great solutions to society’s problems because we do not hear women’s voices in every sector of society.” –Wilma Mankiller, the first woman to be elected chief of the Cherokee Nation

Join authors Isabel Sawyer and Marisa Ramirez Stukey for a Twitter chat on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 8:30 PM EST to disc...
03/08/2019

Join authors Isabel Sawyer and Marisa Ramirez Stukey for a Twitter chat on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 8:30 PM EST to discuss their new book "Professional Learning Redefined." To join the chat, use hashtags #LFVAchat #CollabClass in your responses. http://bit.ly/2TAMxlX

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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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