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Creating Communities of Belonging: How to Build a Classroom Free of Rewards and Punishments

Presented By Christine Hertz and Kristine Mraz

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Webinar Dates:

Three, 75-minute webinar sessions from 5:00pm–6:15pm Eastern Standard Time.

  • Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019

Please note that these webinars are recorded and made available to all participants the following day.


In Kids First from Day One, Christine and Kristi invite teachers to shed traditional classroom management techniques (clip charts, stickers, marble jars) in favor of teaching social skills in strategic ways.

This webinar will delve deeper into this content with each 75-minute session tackling big questions of practice. Christine and Kristi will help you think about social skill development as another form of classroom instruction, teach you rituals and routines to help keep your class running smoothly, and help you develop a philosophy of community building that will allow you to continue this work independently and with like-minded colleagues. From examining the resources available to teachers, to problem-solving the most common classroom disruptions, this webinar will leave teachers empowered to make changes in how they view behavior, discipline, and the role of schools in building community.

The following is a description of the learning objectives to be met within each session of this series:

SESSION 1: A Focus on School and Self

  • Learn the historical context of how social skills, discipline, and behavior have been viewed in schools
  • Understand social skills as learned behaviors and discuss alternate ways of framing misbehavior
  • Reflect on our own experiences with school discipline and develop a guiding philosophy and belief system

SESSION 2: A Focus on Classroom Practice

  • Investigate the role of belonging in behavior, and reflect on classroom policies and environments for evidence of inclusive practice
  • Study the development of habits, and develop class-wide instruction in social skills
  • Explore classroom routines and rituals used to create belonging and community

SESSION 3: A Focus on Individual Students and Behaviors

  • Explore strategies for observing children's behavior to plan developmental next steps
  • Identify and problem solve common classroom issues
  • Make actionable plans to test in your classroom around specific behaviors


Christine Hertz and Kristi Mraz are coauthors of Kids First From Day One and A Mindset for Learning. Kristi, based in sunny California, and Christine, based in snowy Vermont, work with schools and districts around the country to help guide their practices towards child-centered, joyful teaching and learning.

Who should participate?

Classroom teachers of grades K-8, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators and administrators.


The cost of this Webinar Series is $169.00 per person. If you register a group of three to nine people at the same time there is a discounted rate of $159.00 per person. When signing up ten or more participants at one time, please call in advance for large group discount pricing. Tuition also includes access to the recorded webinar sessions for up to 90 days after the conclusion of the webinar series.


It is highly recommended that participants have a copy of Kids First from Day One. If you do not own a copy, you may purchase one online here: Kids First from Day One: A Teacher's Guide to Today's Classroom.


Participants will receive a series of email correspondence from Heinemann. The first email confirmation will serve as your receipt for the webinar series along with some general instructions on how to prepare your computer for the webinar. The second email confirmation will be sent approximately 2 days prior to each webinar date with a link to our webinar platform Zoom, directing you to the webinar class and giving you instructions on how to log in.

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If your computer needs any software upgrades, Zoom will walk you through the updates.

Note: We encourage group participation, however, we require that each person be registered. For group pricing information please call 800-541-2086, ext. 1100.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

11/07/2019-11/21/2019 - Starts November 7, 2019- 5:00-6:15pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 11/07/2019 - 11/21/2019* Where: Online

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