School Connectedness Through Eyes of Hispanic Students and Their Teachers

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. explore perspectives of Hispanic/Latinx students about factors leading to their stronger connection to school.
  2. consider best practices in regards to building positive relationships between teachers and Hispanic/Latinx students.
  3. learn environmental factors and culturally relevant behaviors of teachers that influence their interactions with Hispanic/Latinx students.


This presentation aims to describe the data elicited from a phenomenological study involving Hispanic/Latinx youth and teachers who they nominated as feeling “most connected to” within one middle school in an urban setting in New England. The authors will present statements from the interviews that have formed common themes. During this presentation, attendees will learn from the themes that emerged from the interviews, and that reflected perspectives of both Hispanic/Latinx students and their teachers.



Katsiaryna Aniskovich, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Emily C. Duryea, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kerstin E. Schnopp, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Sara A. Whitcomb, University of Massachusetts Amherst


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