To help create a caring classroom community, the CDP asked teachers to address students’ need for belonging by conducting a number of structured activities to help both students and teacher get to know and care about one another. To help meet students’ need for autonomy, CDP encouraged teachers to conduct regular class meetings and provide students with opportunities for self-regulation as well as choice in their academic activities. In addition to building a caring, moral community, all of the videos below show classroom activities that support the Common core standards in that they will eventually enable “all students to participate in real, substantive discussions that require them to respond directly to the ideas of their peers.”
To support the building of a caring community, the CDP staff created the following resources, Among Friends: Classrooms Where Caring and Learning Prevail and Ways We Want Our Class to Be: Class meetings that Build Commitment to Kindness and Learning which are available at www.devstu.org.
 Coleman, David & Pimentel, Susan. (2012). Revised publishers’ criteria for the commin core state standards in English language arts and literacy, grades 3-12.