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A positive culture of school belonging hinges on teachers--and teachers' abilities to increase strong relationships within their own lives.  Our research as shown that teachers who have strategies to build strong relationships are mirroring and modelling relational strategies for their students.  While most educators voice the importance of the relational classroom, few can articulate specific steps towards building strong relationships beyond finding out what "interests the student".  From the overlapping fields of neuroscience, therapeutics, and wellbeing research, this presentation will explore what teachers must know to fully understand how to build relationships with students who initially resist classroom relationships--and for all students to feel a sense of belonging and community.

 

About Tom
Tom Brunzell (MS, EdM, PhD candidate) has been a teacher, school leader, and education advisor in New York City and Melbourne.  Currently he is the Senior Advisor Education and the leader of the Berry Street Education Model at the Berry Street Childhood Institute, Victoria.   Tom presents internationally on topics of transforming school cultures, high expectations for differentiated instruction, trauma-informed practice, wellbeing and the application of positive psychology, and effective school leadership.  He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Graduate School of Education studying trauma-informed pedagogy, positive psychology, and their impacts on workplace meaning.

 

 

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