For over 30 years Dr. Jones has studied
highly successful teachers - the "naturals"
- to see how they make success look easy. During that
time he has conducted extensive research and constant
experimentation in classrooms. His objective has been
to perfect methods of classroom management that are both
powerful and affordable for the teacher. Successful teaching
is neither "magic" nor is it a collection of
handy hints - the proverbial "bag of tricks."
Rather, successful teaching is built around a handful
of core competencies that are expressed in everything
the teacher does. Once mastered, they bring rapid relief
from teacher exhaustion for one simple reason:
Responsible students who have
learned to manage themselves
require much less management from the teacher.
Dr. Jones has focused upon providing quality professional
development that builds an on-going process of growth
and change among faculty and administrators at the school
site. He has developed books, videos and other support
media to ensure a consistent quality of training and follow-through
by school site personnel.
Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from
UCLA specializing in work with schools and families. While
on the faculty of the UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Jones developed
methods of helping children with severe emotional disorders
as head of the Child Experimental Ward of the Neuropsychiatric
Institute. At that time he also began pioneering research
in classroom management in both regular and special classrooms.
While on the faculty of the University of Rochester, Dr.
Jones continued to develop the non-adversarial management
procedures that were to become Positive Classroom Discipline
and Positive Classroom Instruction. Dr. Jones
most recent book, Tools for Teaching, offers an
updated description of classroom management enriched by
two decades of teacher training.
from educators about how Tools for Teaching
works in their classrooms and schools.