Building and sustaining strong, positive relationships between and among students, teachers, and leaders is fundamental to promoting student engagement, social-emotional development, and academic growth. At Transforming Education, we believe so deeply in the power of strong relationships that they represent one of the six key components of our SEL Integration Approach, a guide for classroom teachers to support them in integrating social-emotional learning into academic curriculum and daily classroom routines.
In order to share current thinking what educators can do – and are already doing – to intentionally build connections with and among students and staff, TransformEd is releasing a series of stories from the field that highlight students’ and educators’ perspectives about developing and sustaining strong relationships in school. These perspectives were collected during a series of visits we conducted to school campuses across the country in which students reported strong social-emotional skills and favorable perceptions of their school environments.
This three-part series summarizes the latest research on the importance of building strong relationships in school; lifts up student, teacher, and leader voices; and provides additional resources that teachers and leaders can use to foster strong relationships in schools.