Shaping Group Dynamics to Create Safe and Supportive Classrooms

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2,4
  • Skill Level: Advanced

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify the aspects of universal SEL programming that address the social dynamics of the classroom
  2. describe teacher behaviors that affect classroom ecology and how to help teachers improve their skills
  3. develop key practices for coaching school staff to use to improve student safety, positive friendships, and school engagement
  4. use their consultative skills to improve academic and behavioral health interventions as described in the NASP Practice Model


Some strategies can be applied intentionally to affect the interpersonal social dynamics in a classroom and lead to such outcomes as a decrease in student victimization, an increase in positive relationships, and an appreciation of diversity. Participants will learn how school psychologists can help teachers harness the power they have to make a positive impact on peer ecology and classroom climate.



Barbara Miller, PhD, William James College
Gayle L. Macklem, William James College


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