Collaborative Classroom, a nonprofit organization, improves the school experience of children around the globe by providing teachers with engaging curricula and ongoing professional learning that support the academic as well as the social and emotional development of the students we all serve.
Our mission is to provide a sustainable, scalable, and affordable way for schools and districts to implement research-supported teaching practices that support teachers with helping students grow as readers, writers, and thinkers as they develop the social and emotional skills necessary to thrive.
Founded in 1980 as the Developmental Studies Center by the prominent researcher Eric Schaps, the organization has contributed foundational research on social and emotional learning and pioneered the integration of social and academic development into curricula. You can review published articles here.
We believe that how we teach matters as much as what we teach. Our programs and carefully selected trade books help children appreciate the ideas and opinions of others, learn to agree and disagree respectfully, think critically about big ideas, and become responsible citizens of the world. Our unique pedagogy is the foundation for our programs:
Our core beliefs are:
Our work has been implemented in more than 200,000 classrooms across the country, raising student grades and test scores, reducing problem behaviors, and bolstering student and teacher engagement. District partners and independent researchers have documented and assessed the changes our work has produced through quantitative analysis and anecdotes. The document considers how our programs impact a sense of community and social development, student achievement, and teacher effectiveness. You can download the study here.
Since 1980, Collaborative Classroom has been on the forefront of helping schools integrate academic learning and social development. Learn more about how you can support the work of Collaborative Classroom in schools and districts across the country.