TURNERS FALLS, Mass., Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most of America's teachers are now back in school and many of them are working in extremely trying circumstances. The prolonged economic recession has left most school systems scrambling to do more with less, and earthquakes and hurricanes have simply devastated many communities across the country.
"All of these things affect our children, directly and indirectly," said Roxann Kriete, Executive Director of Northeast Foundation for Children. "And yet, across our country, teachers and schools, in the context of frequently grim external backdrops, continue to help children and families face challenges of all types and degrees of magnitude. They do it each and every school day, by creating learning spaces that are safe, caring, and, as often as possible, joyful."
This past summer, over 7,000 elementary educators attended workshops to learn the evidence-based Responsive Classroom approach to teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in strong and safe school communities. Northeast Foundation for Children, the developer of the Responsive Classroom approach, is committed to supporting teachers and offers the following free resources to help improve their teaching practice:
- Receive free quarterly Responsive Classroom newsletters with timely and practical articles and tips to help improve classroom and school environments.
- Read the Responsive Blog for short, powerful insights from consulting teachers around the country and supportive comments from colleagues.
- Join the growing and dynamic Responsive Classroom Facebook community where practical classroom ideas are shared daily. Every school day in September members can win free copies of books from the What Every Teacher Needs to Know K-5 series.
- Visit the Responsive Classroom website to access hundreds of articles, read sample chapters from books, view video clips of Responsive Classroom practices in action in real classrooms, and much more.
- View the Responsive Classroom YouTube channel for videos on Morning Meeting activities, positive teacher language, and energizers that keep children relaxed and alert.
About Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.
Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. (NEFC), a nonprofit organization, was established in 1981 by elementary school educators who envisioned a way of teaching that would bring together academic and social learning throughout the school day. That way of teaching, called the Responsive Classroom® approach, is now being used in schools across the country and in Canada. NEFC continually refines the Responsive Classroom approach in response to current school needs. The Foundation also develops professional learning opportunities and resources for educators. For more information, visit http://www.responsiveclassroom.org.
SOURCE Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.