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ERIC Number: ED450168
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Pages: 245
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing Classroom Approaches for Addressing Barriers to Learning: Classroom-Focused Enabling. Continuing Education.
California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.
This continuing education document enhances classroom teachers' capacity to address problems and foster social, emotional, intellectual, and behavioral development. Module 1 presents the context for understanding the problems schools face, noting why every school must develop an enabling component to address barriers to learning. It discusses: the need for a comprehensive, multifaceted, and integrated approach to addressing barriers to learning and promoting healthy development; a framework for an enabling component; enhancing regular classroom strategies to enable learning for all; and emphasizing mutual support, caring, and a sense of community. Module 2 examines the basics of classroom-focused enabling, describing how teachers can: transform the larger class by developing small learning groups and independent learning options to enhance student engagement; facilitate positive learning; prevent problems; and provide special assistance. The practices discussed engender well-managed classrooms and accomplish this in ways that minimize the overreliance on social control strategies. Module 3 explores the role teachers can take in ensuring their schools provide a context that supports and enhances classroom learning, discussing the need for a schoolwide enabling component, school-community partnerships, and better attention from the Board of Education to addressing barriers to learning. (Modules contain references.) (SM)
Center for Mental Health in Schools, School Mental Health Project, Department of Psychology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.; Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.