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Responsibility, Respect, and Relationships: Creating Emotionally Safe Classrooms (EDEX 167)

3 Semester Hours of Graduate Credit

Course Overview

This course features engaging and entertaining presentations by Dr. Jan Bluestein, author of Creating Emotionally Safe Schools. You will learn why emotional safety is essential for learning to take place and discover how responsibility, respect, and relationships work together in a safe, productive classroom.

With Dr. Bluestein, you will learn how to:

  • Help students deal with the world events that may be threatening their emotional safety.
  • Create an emotional safety net to support troubled student before they become dangerous students.
  • Deal with protective behaviors that result from lack of emotional safety: withdrawing, acting out, and resorting to violence.
  • Provide a learning environment in which students feel safe and secure enough to take the risks associated with learning.
  • Recognize and respond effectively to students who are experiencing emotional crisis.
  • Utilize a supportive process for helping students who feel hurt or upset.
  • Prevent discipline problems that can result from students’ feelings of fear and anxiety.

As a special bonus, the course also includes "The Lessons of Littleton," two videos by Dr. William Glasser about preventing violence in schools.

This course is available in VHS or DVD format.


This course is offered through Quality Educational Programs, Inc.





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