Riverside School Board Declines to Remove Responsive Classroom Training

The Riverside School Board recently voted down a resolution to remove Responsive Classroom educator professional development training and materials, with board members splitting over whether the program helps or hinders classroom success and independent thinking.

The board members discussed Responsive Classroom in further detail at the July work session, while parents and other community members also provided their thoughts during the public comment portion. Teachers shared examples of how they have implemented what they learned in their classrooms.

“Communication skills, that falls under the SEL umbrella. Conflict management, that falls under the SEL umbrella…so, we can’t separate those two things [academics and SEL] that clearly as you would like it to be,” responded Curriculum Director Melissa Mlakar.

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