As teachers interact with their students , they play a very important role in establishing a safe, supportive learning environment. Positive teacher–student relationships can have long-lasting effects on the social, emotional, and academic development of youth. Teachers can improve the school’s environment by building relationships with students and staff throughout the school which can lead to the prevention of physical violence, bullying, and emotional abuse in their classrooms.


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Teach to Lead summits provide teams with time to collaborate, skills development, and professional consultation to incubate innovative ideas that can make a positive impact for students in their schools, communities, districts and states. The next Teach to Lead Summit will be held September 19–21, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This topical summit will bring teacher leaders and other stakeholders together to address the needs of the “whole child” and “whole teacher” in an effort to transition from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long-term

Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for School Staff cover page

Offers practical suggestions and ways in which school staff, teachers, and administrators can support students in these uncertain economic times. Includes strategies to promote a sense of safety, calm, self-efficacy, individual and community efficacy, connectedness, and hope.

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Includes two modules trainers can use to address bullying in classrooms.  Specifically, it is designed to assist teachers in cultivating meaningful relationships with students while creating a positive climate in the classroom.

Fostering School Connectedness: Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement (Information for Teachers and Other School Staff) cover page

Answers questions about school connectedness and identifies strategies teachers and school staff can use to foster connectedness among their students.


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Provides guidance for improving students' relationships with teachers to promote students' academic and social development. Includes do's and don'ts, strategies for cultivating positive relationships in the classroom, theoretical perspectives, measures, climate indicators, stressors, and additional references.

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Provides surveys for middle and high school students, their parents, teachers, instructional staff, non-instructional staff and administrators on a web-based platform. The surveys can be downloaded free of charge and provide user-friendly school climate reports back to users. Local education agencies administering the survey will be able to store the data locally on their own data systems.

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Summarizes evidence-based, positive, proactive, and responsive classroom behavior intervention and support strategies for teachers. These tools can help teachers capitalize on instructional time and decrease disruptions, which is crucial as schools are held to greater academic and social accountability measures for all students. 

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Introduces videos on ways in which teachers can create an emotionally safe classroom to foster learning, and ways in which they can deal with emotions and conflicts that can be an obstacle to learning. 

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