N T A Informing & Inspiring New Teachers a Kappa Delta Pi publication Volume 22, No. 2 CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT KDP Executive Director FAYE SNODGRESS Managing Editor SALLY RUSHMORE Assistant Editors KATHIE-JO ARNOFF LAURIE QUAY EMILY ZOSS Art Director CHUCK JARRELL 3 Guiding Principles for All Classrooms By Glenna Billingsley The U.S. Department of Education recently released an important report that out-lines priorities for educators to consider as they work to create safer and more supportive school environments for all students. Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline (U.S. Department of Education, 2014) is not only directed at policymakers, state officials, and local administrators, but it also is aimed at every classroom teacher. Fortunately, to adhere to these principles is to incorporate the best practices of classroom management (Simonsen, Fairbanks, Bri-esch, Myers, & Sugai, 2008). Along with the principles are practical suggestions for ways to align your practice with the report’s action steps. Guiding Principle #1: Create a positive climate and focus on prevention . 1. Establish a positive, inclusive classroom climate that celebrates all students’ likenesses and differences. Create a classroom where students feel personally valued and where they know they will be successful. Take ideas from business practices that encourage customers to visit and enjoy their establishment, such as giving students the ability to earn coupons for half-off homework. Create motivating and engaging lessons incorporating play and movement when possible. 2. Incorporate a tiered system of support within the classroom that allows a systematic response to struggling students. Creating a proactive, structured, and predictable environment will prevent 75% to 85% of misbehavior (Reid, 1993). However, some students will need additional attention and support. Use data to identify these students and monitor their progress on interventions (Ihlo & Nantais, 2010). Promote social–emotional–behavioral learning by infusing social skills and social learning into all lessons and activities. NTA Advisors THERESA BECCATELLI HEATHER COWHERD ROBERT GRIGGS MADELINE KOVARIK ADRIENNE LORME LISA MURLEY GINA RILEY STEPHANIE L. SCHAEFER NICHOLAS J. ULIANO JACQUELINE VIGOTTY ISSN 1070-7379 published four times during the school year by Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. Send all subscription orders and editorial correspondence to address above, call 1-800-284-3167, or visit KDP Online at www.kdp.org. Subscription rate: $12.00, members, per year, $20.00 for 2 years; $15.00, nonmembers, $25.00 for 2 years. Single copies, $3.50 (+s&h). Third-class bulk permit paid at Columbus, Ohio. Postmaster does not return issue to publisher with address change. Subscriber must send changes to: Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. ©2014 Kappa Delta Pi. All rights reserved. 3.