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Humanizing Classroom Management: Restorative Practices and Universal Design for Learning


Elizabeth Stein



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About the Book

Educator and author Elizabeth Stein offers a thoughtful, useful book on how to integrate restorative practices into the classroom experience to both streamline student behavior and improve engagement and learning. When teachers recognize the “in between spaces” during the day-to-day, those quieter moments of transitions between tasks, they offer students safe, inviting ways to own their learning and participate in an engaged community of learners. By highlighting the Universal Design for Learning framework, Stein’s book is both insightful and practical, offering busy educators easy-to-implement strategies to humanize classroom management and improve student learning.

As Elizabeth points out,

Restorative practices live up to their name: They restore a sense of community and encourage learning together through specific techniques meant to support a sense of belonging, healing, and healthy relationships within the classroom community. Universal Design for Learning also lives up to its name, because it’s all-inclusive: It gives every learner the opportunity to feel successful and valued as a member of the classroom community.

Humanizing Classroom Management offers educators inspiring and insightful guidance on how to address challenges of student behavior while also supporting their learning outcomes.

Learn more by reading a PDF of the Introduction.

Humanizing Classroom Management by Elizabeth Stein is available in paperback (118 pages, ISBN: 9781943085200) and coming soon in accessible EPUB (ISBN: 9781943085217) format.

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Praise for Humanizing Classroom Management

Our schools and institutions need educators who are courageous enough to acknowledge that what we are currently doing is not meeting the needs of all learners. Our learning environments are not universally designed if we lack the willingness to address the inclusion of systems, structures and routines that provide our learners with agency, such as restorative practices. Elizabeth Stein not only acknowledges this but provides readers with tools that are necessary to implement these practices with fidelity.

Mirko Chardin, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Novak Education and former Founding Head of School of the Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, MA


Dr. Elizabeth Stein so invitingly brings us into her world where understanding students works in intuitive as well as surprising ways. She really connects brain and heart to help educators crack the middle-school code in humanizing, immediately applicable ways. I am beyond thrilled to see her make the work accessible and replicable. She is as loving and passionate as she is knowledgeable and practical.

Jennifer Bradshaw, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Ardsley (NY) School District


About the Author

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Elizabeth Stein, EdD, has been a special education teacher, instructional coach, and educational consultant for more than 30 years, specializing in universal design for learning (UDL), and co-taught inclusive practices. She is an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University, New York. Elizabeth is a renewed National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in literacy and the author of Elevating Co-teaching with Universal Design for Learning and Two Teachers in the Room: Strategies for Co-teaching Success (Routledge, 2017) and other publications.

You can follow Elizabeth on Twitter at @ElizabethLStein.


Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Embracing the Context (View Introduction as PDF)
  • Chapter 1: Understanding Brain Basics to Build a Classroom Community
  • Chapter 2: Discovering Liminal Spaces with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Chapter 3: Integrating Restorative Practices and UDL to Humanize Classroom Management
  • Chapter 4: Sharpening Your Communication to Bolster Restorative Practices in Your Classroom
  • Chapter 5: Ramping Up Learning with Restorative Circles and Impromptu Conferences
  • Author’s Note: Your Possible Next Steps
  • References

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