Closing the Relationship Gap
February 17, March 3, March 17, 2021
Creating strong educational environments for ALL learners continues to be at the forefront of conversations with school systems across the globe. In his groundbreaking book, Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement (2009), Professor John Hattie set out to identify which strategies and innovations have the greatest impact on student achievement in schools. His research, which synthesized findings from over 50,000 educational research studies on 236 million school-aged students found teacher-student relationships have an effect size of .72. This means strong teacher-student relationships leads to almost two years of student growth in one year's time.
That being said, there still continues to be a gap that exists in schools today regarding relationship development and the intentionality in how that is done. Based on Greg Wolcott’s best selling book, Significant 72: Unleashing the Power of Relationships in Today’s Schools, this workshop brings Hattie's research to life in every school and every classroom. Wolcott will help educators not only understand the importance of relationships within learning, but also provide practical tools to ensure it happens.
As a result of attending this workshop, educators will:
discover how having a deep understanding of each child's background enhances engagement and provides a launch pad for developing autonomous learners.
realize the critical role the teacher-student relationship plays in being able to challenge students to move outside their individual comfort zones and achieve at high levels.
gain a framework for developing connections with and between students that fosters an environment of trust and acceptance.
learn techniques to identify which students in the class are in most need of developing strong relationships and strategies to help them succeed socially, emotionally and academically.
understand how creating a relationship mindset in the classroom not only enhances students outcomes but greatly enhances personal well being at the same time.
Greg Wolcott is the Director of the Learner FIRST Center for Social Emotional Learning. He also currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in a school district about 30 miles west of Chicago. As an educator in the Chicagoland area for over 20 years, Greg is passionate about developing opportunities for all students to succeed as well as finding ways for all teachers and staff members to utilize their strengths to maximize the learning of each and every child whom they interact with on a daily basis. Greg is also the author of the best selling book, "Significant 72: Unleashing the Power of Relationships in Today’s Schools," a book loaded with practical strategies and tools for relationship development in schools everywhere. Greg consults throughout the United States on a variety of subjects including adult learning, developing innovative practices in the classroom to engage all learners, formative assessment to drive instruction, response to instruction/intervention, and data usage for school improvement