Relationships at the Center
The National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) has much to say about Relationships.
"Relationships are the positive connections between students, adults and peers in the school setting that foster positive social interaction and establish a nurturing environment of trust and support. Students who feel connected to school are more likely to succeed-- they have better school attendance, grades, and test scores and stay in school longer. Building these relationships require perspectives that embrace positive attitudes and beliefs, cultural and linguistic competence, an understanding of the needs and experiences of students, and an understanding of the school environment."
For ideas and resources on building student relationships in schools, visit the NCSSLE website.