Outcomes of Pursuing Positive Teacher–Student Relationships in PBIS Schools

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 5,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. gain knowledge about the similarities and differences in how PBIS team members and non-PBIS team members perceive the costs and benefits of TSRs.
  2. learn strategies to consult with teachers to overcome the costs and facilitate the benefits of pursuing TSRs.
  3. learn school-wide strategies to strengthen TSRs and improve school climate in PBIS schools.
  4. learn about the potential costs and benefits for teachers pursuing positive teacher–student relationships (TSRs).


This qualitative study examines middle school educators’ perceptions of pursing positive teacher–student relationships (TSRs). Data were obtained from 18 focus groups (9 with PBIS team members; 9 with non-PBIS team members). Results shared will illustrate the costs and benefits of pursuing positive TSRs from educators’ perspectives in PBIS middle schools. Practitioners will learn strategies to maximize benefits and minimize costs for educators pursuing positive TSRs in PBIS middle schools.



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


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


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