The award, in the category of Community Building and Parental Involvement, was announced at AEP’s annual gala held June 4 in Washington D.C. Founded in 1895, AEP seeks to increase public awareness of the role that accurate and effective learning resources play in successful teaching and learning. In considering How to Bullyproof Your Classroom, AEP put the book through three rounds of intensive evaluation before assigning the seal that recognizes “resources [that] exemplify quality and effectiveness in educational materials.”
“I am so pleased and honored that the book won this Distinguished Achievement award from the AEP,” said Crowe. “I wrote the book because I sincerely believe that elementary teachers can make an immediate difference—and have a long-term impact on children’s lives—when it comes to preventing bullying.
“They can begin,” she continued, “by building strong, safe classroom communities and establishing rules that guide children toward kind, friendly, inclusive behavior. They can notice and stop small, mean ‘gateway’ behaviors before they escalate. And they can help students develop skills and strategies for knowing what to do when they see mean behaviors. Finally, they can work with students’ families and collaborate with colleagues to strengthen the impact of what they do individually.”
How to Bullyproof Your Classroom reflects Crowe’s use, through much of her extensive career, of the Responsive Classroom® approach to teaching. Responsive Classroom is a research-based approach that helps educators become more effective in the three interrelated domains of engaging academics, positive community, and effective management. The approach includes many strategies that prevent bullying. For example, teachers use structures such as a daily Morning Meeting to create an inclusive classroom community and build positive relationships between students, create rules connected to students’ learning goals, use modeling and role-playing to help children apply expectations to specific situations, and respond quickly and calmly to misbehavior.
The AEP Distinguished Achievement Awards honors the best resources created for teachers, parents, and students. Judges evaluate entries based on how well they think they will succeed in the classroom and whether they have clear learning goals and objectives, engaging and relevant content, and attractive and well-designed materials.
Teachers’ enthusiasm for How to Bullyproof your Classroom has prompted NEFC to develop a one-day Responsive Classroom workshop based on the book. The workshop helps teachers prevent bullying behavior by creating a classroom culture and community where kindness and respect flourish and mean behaviors are unlikely to occur.
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June 2012, 272 pp., paperback, $24.00
About Caltha Crowe
A veteran teacher with nearly 40 years’ experience, Caltha Crowe now works with educators across the country as a Responsive Classroom consultant. How to Bullyproof Your Classroom is her third book. She is also the author of Solving Thorny Behavior Problems and Sammy and His Behavior Problems.
About Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. and the Responsive Classroom® approach
Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc., a not-for-profit educational organization, is the developer of Responsive Classroom, a research- and evidence-based approach to elementary education that leads to greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. The Responsive Classroom approach has been recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning as one of the most effective academic and social-emotional learning programs in the country.
Northeast Foundation for Children offers Responsive Classroom on-site consulting services to schools and districts, workshops and institutes for educators at locations around the country, and numerous books, videos, and other resources for teachers and administrators.
For more information, visit www.responsiveclassroom.org.