Experts Teach the Science of Discipline

Dr. Jerome Freiberg
Jerome Freiberg speaks to teachers at the CMCD Conference held at the Hilton, University of Houston February 9, 2012.

America understands that student misbehavior in schools is a critical problem, one that has plagued classrooms for generations.  Over 40 years of public opinion polls consistently rank the problem in the top three concerns in education.  Too often, reducing school violence and time wasted to disruptive classroom behavior is a question often left to the “style” or “instinct” of individual teachers.  The University of Houston’s Consistency Management and Cooperative Discipline® (CMCD®) program, founded by Moores Professor Jerome Freiberg, has brought over a decade of scientific evidence and testing in schools that show significant improvements in behavior and student achievement.

CMCD Conference Spring 2012
Over 300 teachers and student teachers attended this semester's CMCD® Conference.

Third party research shows that the improvements occur not only in behavior but consistently in academic areas. Not only did participating schools reduce office discipline referrals 49%-81%, CMCD® has demonstrated major improvements in math and reading test scores.  Teachers and students in Kindergarten-12th grade schools gain 2.6 to 5.4 school weeks of valuable teaching time used previously for disruptive behavior and organization. 

The University of Houston’s CMCD® program in the College of Education conducted a statewide conference on classroom management Thursday, February 9th at the Hilton, University of Houston.  The conference is held twice a year, during the Spring and Fall semesters.  The training included teachers from local Houston schools and more than 170 student teachers from the UH College of Education. 

“The CMCD® program enables teachers to bring students who have been tourists in the classroom to learn how to be citizens,” said Jerome Freiberg, professor and CMCD® director.   

CMCD Conference attendee
A CMCD conference attendee participates in the "Creative Name Tag" exercise.

As urban classrooms become more complex and diverse, teachers need proven management strategies more than ever,” said Robert McPherson, dean of the college of education.  “CMCD®’s conference offers a critical opportunity for teachers and ultimately, for their communities.

The CMCD® program in the University of Houston’s College of Education, is an innovative research-based, school-tested classroom instruction management program that builds on shared responsibility for learning and classroom organization between teachers and students.  CMCD® builds self-discipline in students through teacher and student consistence in classrooms and through the school.  The CMCD® program is designed to help students prepare for success, achieve self-discipline, and develop responsibility.  The foremost components of CMCD® are prevention, caring, cooperation, organization, and community.