Renate Caine has taught middle school
in Reno, Nevada, and high school in
New Orleans, Louisiana, and helped to
establish a small charter school in her
local community. She received her Ph.D.
from the University of Florida, where her
dissertation revealed that teachers’ use
of “I” messages and active-listening strategies in the classroom
positively affected students’ self-concepts and attitude
toward school and teachers after only six months of use.
She recently retired from 20 years as a college professor and
is currently the executive director of the Natural Learning
Research Institute (www.nlri.org). She is the coauthor of the
original ASCD publication Making Connections: Teaching
and the Human Brain and nine others. By employing many
of the strategies in this publication over the years, Renate
eliminated almost all discipline problems, and her students
have won awards for their high academic achievement.