Developmental Designs Implementation Endorsements

"Everyone knows that good schools need a blend of SEL and academic learning to be successful; you can't have just one or the other and expect to get very far. One of my favorite things about the Developmental Designs approach is that it recognizes the importance of both, and gives teachers usable practices in both. I haven't seen that in any other approach."
—High school teacher

 "I'm an outside-the-box person but sometimes I know that the box needs to be there. I think that, for me, the Developmental Designs approach has become a teaching box that I'm willing to work in because it allows me a great deal of movement within its structure."
—Middle-level teacher

"Developmental Designs practices have helped me in so many ways, with my discipline, connecting content to student interests, organization, connecting with students and families, and so much more. I can now focus on teaching instead of discipline problems."
—Middle-level teacher

"I think it is incredibly important to remember that students WILL get their needs met, either by acting antisocially or by participating fruitfully in class. I would much rather have the latter. Keeping student needs front and center with Developmental Designs practices has really helped me, really been an eye-opener for me."
—Middle-level teacher

"Developmental Designs community-building practices have a profound effect on the production of the group as a whole. It allows for a safe environment that enables students to take risks both physically and emotionally. Furthermore, DD teaches kids social skills necessary to function appropriately during work time."
—Middle-level teacher

About the Take a Break discipline practice

"Take a Break is part of the classroom atmosphere that I want to have-that it's OK to make mistakes.  Because of where they are developmentally, I expect my students to challenge and push back.  They need support for the many things that trigger high emotions in them.  In the Take a Break spot, I see students get it back together after being upset about something I don't have to say anything. It's about them gaining control over their actions to get where they want to go."
—Middle-level teacher, Wheeling, IL


Reflections of an advisory student

"You know the old saying, "Life is a box of chocolates?"  Middle school can be like that. Kids come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, cultures, and tastes. A middle school can be filled with cliques and clans, but there is a time each day when we all melt together and form a united community. CPR is a time when friends and loners, students and teachers can all blend together and leave negative perspectives behind."
—Middle school advisory student, Hudson, MA