Considerations for Educators fostering School Connectedness with Students

  1. Understand the learning needs of all students, including their individual intellectual, emotional, and social needs;
  2. Understand the developmental needs of students, including significance, competence, empowerment and relatedness (see glossary);
  3. Encourage active involvement of all students in learning activities;
  4. Encourage healthy, respectful communication between students, teachers and other adults in the school;
  5. Provide students consistent opportunities to engage in decision–making about a shared classroom learning environment;
  6. Provide consistent opportunities for student leadership both within classrooms, and in the broader school community;
  7. Model, encourage, and facilitate opportunities for students to show generosity, caring, and support for others in classroom;
  8. Provide opportunities to connect with students within the class and outside of classroom time (e.g. mentoring);
  9. Address the benefits of school connectedness with students (what is it, how healthy relationships contribute to experiencing school connectedness, value of school connectedness to students); and
  10. Explicitly link school connectedness to positive outcomes in achievement, life-long learning, resilience, and healthy living practices.