The RELATE Educator Well-being Series

The key to supporting student availability to learn is to promote teacher availability to teach. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is essential to success in teaching and learning, and includes evidence-based strategies for how to care for the self, and how to manage one’s emotions, and how to cultivate relationships that are healthy for self and others. Unlike most existing interventions for student populations which focus on teachers often focuses solely on instructional and curricular issues and overlooks the social dimensions of learning which are critical to teacher and student success, our professional development series knits together the academic and social dimensions of schooling and identifies, intervenes, and improves upon the SEL needs of teachers so that they can meet their own needs as well as those of their students. Through online assessment, webinars, and in-person workshops, RELATE improves the psychosocial health and well-being of educators. Districts from around the country are presently integrating the RELATE Educator Well-being Series into their professional development offerings. 

Contact the RELATE team to learn more about virtual and in-person PD sessions for your school or district.

Professional Development Offerings 



Stronger adult relationships translate into better student-teacher and peer relationships through modeling the shift from "me" to "we." We focus on relationships as a lasting means to behaviors that support learning. The components of the RELATE tool provides clear indicators to improve the quality of interactions between adults in the classrooms. Further, our approach to PD highlights best practices from the field collected during the RELATE Tool development, providing vivid, real-world examples to guide educators to build unity of purpose between adults in their classrooms, a positive emotional climate, and clear classroom management and instructional strategies.


Using the three types of interactions missing from observation tools designed for general education classrooms -- Teacher-Paraeducator Interactions, Accommodations, and Prevention -- RELATE provides insight into levers for change. Our Professional Development Approach (PDA) starts with a teacher using the RELATE Tool to self-assess her relationships with paraeducators and students. Through online webinars and in-person workshops, RELATE builds on the tool to inform the development, training, and evaluation of collaborative relationships among teachers and paraeducators in special education classrooms. Districts from around the country are presently integrating the RELATE Tool into team-based professional development.


Contact the RELATE team to learn more about virtual and in-person PD sessions for your school or district.


There's no "I" in "Team" paper , published in 2016 by the Journal of Classroom Interaction, created a framework for supporting the relationship between teachers and paraeducators in self-contained special education classrooms by identifying the full range of interactions that may promote or inhibit this relationship. The resulting framework of teacher-paraeducator interactions in restrictive settings aims to improve student and teacher outcomes. To build this framework, we adopted a mixed methods approach that included a content analysis for existing classroom observation tools, systematic classroom observations of special education classrooms, and interviews with special education teachers, paraeducators, and administrators.

"This is a work relationship, don't get me wrong, but you're with each other every day; there has to be something more than that. And you have to have each other’s back no matter what. Being a teacher or a paraeducator, you have to be on the same team."

~Special Education Paraeducator

Our work focuses on relationships in the classroom setting to support positive outcomes for students, teachers, and parents. RELATE offers two complimentary evidence-based professional development programs. Let's take a look. 

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