Environmental factors exert tremendous influence over student learning.  Open dialogue between educators and their pupils can help young people achieve academic success and confront challenges beyond the classroom. CASDA’s Climate, Culture and Community experts draw upon vast classroom experience in a variety of settings and strong engagement with research-supported best practices to help educators develop supportive relationships with their students.


Trainings to facilitate supportive relationships are most often situated within the context of broader efforts to improve school climate and culture. Efforts to cultivate supportive relationships include:

  • Understanding environmental factors beyond the classroom impacting students.

  • Awareness of peer and social driven pressures facing students.

  • Developing vocabulary and communication skills to engage with students compassionately and supportively.

  • Events to bring together students and parents/guardians with school personnel to promote engagement and mutual understanding.

  • Creation of faculty committee that meets regularly to discuss, evaluate and develop student support strategies.



 The complex issues facing today’s students cannot be checked at the classroom door. Teachers and administrators must be prepared to understand these challenges and engage with students supportively and compassionately as a central pillar of their educative practice. Developing these relationships is essential to supporting improved outcomes for all students. 

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