CMCD 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 12, 2013.

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 & 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 the Spring 2013 CMCD Conference on February 12, 2013 at the Hilton University of Houston.

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 Tuesday, February 12th at the Hilton, University of Houston.  The conference is held twice a year, during the Spring and Fall semesters.  Approximately 300 participants attended the conference which included student teachers from the UH College of Education System colleges and other area colleges.  Teachers from local Houston ISD schools were also in attendance. 

“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. And student teachers agreed. "It is important to have students feel they are the citizen instead of the tourist in the classroom," said one participant.

CMCD Conference attendee
Reginald Alexander, CMCD Effectiveness Coordinator, conducts a teacher workshop at the CMCD Conference on February 12, 2013 at the Hilton University of Houston.

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 conference certainly equipped students with the tools and strategies to help them better manage their classrooms.  "I learned it is important to make students, all students to feel a part of a community," said one student participant. "Praise students work, don’t label the students, because labels last forever."

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.

The CMCD program has been identified for inclusion in CrimeSolutions.gov.  Crime Solutions is an effort undertaken by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to identify effective, quality programs and practices in the fields of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victimization to serve as evidence-based models for the field.

CMCD was also selected by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for inclusion in its Model Programs Guide.

CMCD Student Teacher Conference Slide Show