By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A photo shows two first graders sitting in a circle of kids shaking hands. They’re part of the Responsive Classroom approach that participated in a three year study of 2900 students in 24 elementary schools in an unnamed district in Virginia.READ MORE: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Says He'll Be Happy When He's Not Mayor Following Fourth Of July Shooting
The program trains 10,000 teachers a year, and while most social and emotional learning programs focus on how to teach students to manage emotions, behaviors and interactions with others, Responsive Classroom focuses on teacher language and modeling expectations, describing itself as an approach to learning rather than a program.READ MORE: Sources: Authorities Investigating Whether 2 Police Officers Struck By Stray Bullets On Ben Franklin Parkway
Where teachers used the Responsive Classroom faithfully, 5th graders performed better on statewide assessment of math and reading skills than their peers who did not use these learning strategies.MORE NEWS: Kyle Schwarber Homers Twice In Phillies' 11-0 Romp Past Nationals
Surveys showed that in schools where the principal bought in to the program, teachers felt supported. Read more in Education Week.