Student Actions That Influence Teacher–Student Relationships in PBIS Schools

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,5
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe the current state of research on how students affect the quality of their relationships with teachers.
  2. apply strategies that can be used to encourage their own students to enhance teacher–student relationships and improve school climate and student outcomes.
  3. learn strategies for enhancing teacher–student relationships in the context of PBIS through consultation with teachers and organizational consultation.
  4. identify the needs for future research concerning teacher–student relationships.
  5. learn prosocial behaviors (appreciation, empathy, authenticity, respect) demonstrated by middle school students that educators perceive as facilitators for successful teacher–student relationships.


Current literature lacks information on effective strategies for building high-quality positive teacher–student relationships (TSRs) in middle schools, particularly how students can improve them. This qualitative study provides detailed descriptions of students’ actions that can affect TSR quality as reported by middle school educators in schools implementing positive behavioral interventions and supports. Practitioners will learn positive actions students can take to enhance TSRs and how to encourage students to be prosocial through consulting with teachers.



James P. Pooley, Georgia State University
Sneha Pimpalkhute, Georgia State University


Stephanie A. Wilkins, Joel Meyers, Kris Varjas, Catherine A. Perkins


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