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Hyde Elementary School: Teachers
Responsive Classroom Newsletter - February 2007
Anne Jenkins, Responsive Classroom consulting teacher and recently retired principal of Anthony Hyde Elementary School in Washington, DC, joined the Board in October.
Under Anne's tenure, Hyde School became an Affiliate School with the Reading and Writing Project of Teachers College at Columbia University; a Professional Development School for American University; and a member school of the National Institute for Urban School Improvement.
Anne began teaching in the District of Columbia Public Schools in 1969.
"Charlotte has observed and guided teachers in many different settings; Anne
is highly knowledgeable about the needs of children in urban schools," he observes.
Anne and Charlotte join Board members Joan Cenedella (former dean of Children's Programs and vice president of academic affairs at Bank Street College of Education), Caltha Crowe (third grade teacher at King's Highway School in Westport, Connecticut, and Responsive Classroom consulting teacher), Larry Dieringer (executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility), Sherry Immediato (president and managing director of the Society for Organizational Learning), Marijke Kehrhahn (associate professor and director of teacher education at the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education), Clay Shouse (vice president of High/Scope Educational Research Foundation), and Neil M. Yeager (managing director of Charter Oak Consulting Group).
Addressing children's character ...
Addressing children's character development was not rocket science, though, to Anne Jenkins, Hyde Elementary School's principal. "It's how you do that social piece that frees you up to teach," observes Jenkins, who has been a trainer for The Responsive Classroom for more than eight years.
"That's when wonderful things start to happen in the classroom."
When children don't have those skills, she
explains, teachers spend too much time negotiating, keeping order, and directing activities.Jenkins
learned about The Responsive Classroom
through a summer course.With or without the research to back it up, she
says, the approach made intuitive sense to her
hoping to infuse the model into every classroom at Hyde
, an economically diverse school tucked in a busy Georgetown neighborhood in the nation's capital.
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On Friday, as the Hyde Elementary School in Georgetown held its annual Fallfest, the school's principal, Anne Jenkins, steered fasting children toward activities that didn't involve food."You don't have to eat," she told them.