Back to school professional development for teachers took a new turn this year in Far Rockaway and the Five Towns with a coordinated effort by the Consortium of Jewish Day Schools to bring Responsibility Centered Discipline (RCD) to our local yeshivot.
Both HALB and TAG hosted RCD creator Larry Thompson and opened their doors to teachers and administrators from Yeshiva Darchei Torah, HANC, Bnos Bais Yaakov, and Cheder Chabad of Long Island.
TAG Principal Temima Feldman said: “Mr. Thompson was able to keep the faculty engaged in a meaningful and productive way. The feedback we received from the staff was that they felt his material was practical and implementable and we look forward to putting it into practice. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide our staff with high quality and meaningful programming which will in turn have a positive impact on well over 1,000 students.”
HALB Head of School Rabbi Adam Englander echoed her sentiments: “It was an awesome day with Larry! It was no surprise; he was amazing!”
Over the past decade, the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program has produced remarkable results of improved school culture as it has been implemented across North America.
As schools drive toward improving academic results, educators have become far more purposeful in enhancing curriculum, refining assessment, and enriching instruction. But without improving classroom management, all of these other efforts will ultimately fall short of expectations.
Educators understand that behavior and effort are often impacted by the relationships they have built with students. When emotions escalate, those relationships are tested—and often damaged. Responsibility-Centered Discipline helps educators to be prepared when situations come to a boil. By empowering educators to become masters of challenging moments, RCD schools typically see a significant improvement not only in behavior management, but also in school climate, student and teacher satisfaction, and ultimately academic success.
Larry Thompson, M.Ed., the author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor, and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands of educators and schools throughout North America to break away from their traditional discipline models to a model that creates a responsible climate and responsible students. Larry has served in a wide variety of roles in education—from special education teacher to alternative and traditional high school principal. As the creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, Larry understands that systems must be created that can be realistically implemented and sustained.
The Consortium of Jewish Day Schools (CoJDS) is dedicated to the empowerment, development, and improvement of Jewish day schools across North America promoting best practices and using traditional Torah values as our guide. They are the creators of the L’havin Ulhaskil Chumash curriculum used by nearly 200 schools across the globe and the one of a kind 5th and 8th grade assessment JSAT.
CoJDS Chairman Rabbi Heshy Glass stated, “COJDS is proud to partner with over 200 Jewish Day Schools in North America by having a close working relationship with the school leadership. Providing quality speakers like Larry Thompson for professional development allows us the ability to customize the program for the needs of the school.” For more information please visit cojds.org.