In preparation for the return of students to campus, after 18 months of assorted learning environments, St. Monica Catholic Elementary School recognized the need to adopt a new approach to teaching and discipline. The core belief of Responsive Classroom is an emphasis is on helping students develop their academic, social and emotional skills in a learning environment that is developmentally responsive to their strengths and needs.. In adopting Responsive Classroom practices, the school seeks to promote students’ social and emotional competence, provide rigorous practice in self-discipline, promote robust classroom management, and positive school-wide community. Dr. Neil Quinly, Principal of SMCES notes “Our students return to us having had varying experiences over the last school year. It was important to the St. Monica Catholic Elementary School faculty to create classrooms in which each student can participate, establish a sense of belonging, significance, and fun. By implementing Responsive Classroom practices, we hope to allow each child a place to be seen and heard - a place where each unique identity is celebrated.