This keynote address aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice on effective ways to build relationships in the classroom. This talk will highlight empirically-based research demonstrating the benefits of meaningful connections between students and adults in school settings. Educators will receive examples of how they can incorporate various instructional techniques and self-reflection to develop better relationships with their students.
Jaleel R. Howard, MEd
Jaleel R. Howard, MEd, is co-author of the book No More Teaching Without Positive Relationships, which reviews the teacher-student relationship research and provides practices for building relationships that make a difference. A former English teacher, Jaleel has extensive knowledge of classroom supports and accommodations for instructional practice that enhance learning for underrepresented students. Jaleel’s research interests center around urban contexts and social forces that affect the educational experiences and outcomes for chronically underserved students. Jaleel is currently a doctoral candidate at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.