Richard Curwin

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Richard Curwin, an expert in the fields of school discipline, motivation and classroom management, has been professor of education at State University of New York at Geneseo, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and San Francisco State University.


Richard Curwin was born on May 25, 1944 in Cambridge, MA and grew up in Brookline, MA where he attended Brookline High School. He received his B.A. in English at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He got his MA in Education at Boston State College (now known as University of Massachusetts Boston) and then returned to University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he received his Ed.D.[1] He taught seventh grade English and a class for emotionally disturbed children, and later served as a professor of education at State University of New York at Geneseo, National Technical Institute for the Deaf (where he was chairman of the Instructional Improvement Program), and San Francisco State University.

Together with Allen Mendler, he developed the "Discipline with Dignity" methodology of classroom management, one of the major models of school discipline practiced today.[2] He has presented seminars and workshops throughout the United States and Canada as well as in Belgium, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and Israel.


He has published articles in Instructor, Educational Leadership, Parenting, Phi Delta Kappan and Learning. His books (as an author or co-author) include:

  • Developing Individual Values in the Classroom (1974)
  • Discovering Your Teaching Self (1975)
  • The Discipline Book: A Complete Guide to School and Classroom Management (1980)
  • Taking Charge in the Classroom (1983)
  • Making Evaluation Meaningful (1988)
  • Discipline with Dignity (1988)
  • Am I in Trouble?: Using Discipline to Teach Young Children Responsibility (1990)
  • Entering Adulthood: Teaching Student Responsibility and Self-Discipline (1990)
  • Rediscovering Hope: Our Greatest Teaching Strategy (1992)
  • As Tough as Necessary: Countering Violence, Aggression, and Hostility in our Schools (1997)
  • Discipline with Dignity for Challenging Youth (1999)
  • Making Good Choices (2003)
  • Motivating Students Left Behind: Reaching and Teaching Our Most Difficult Students (2006)


In 1995, he was the winner of the Spirit of Crazy Horse Award, presented by Reclaiming Youth International, for courage in reaching discouraged youth.[3]

In 2007, his video series: The Four Keys To Effective Classroom And Behavior Management (2006) won the best technology award at the Association of Educational Publishers Awards.[4]


  1. ^,%20School%20of%20Education%20-%20Summer%202006.pdf
  2. ^ Carol M. Charles, Building Classroom Discipline, 2007
  3. ^ Reclaiming Youth International at the Wayback Machine (archived November 21, 2000)
  4. ^ dBusinessNews :: Daily Business News Delivered to Your Desktop

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