ASCD Express Calls for Content: Better Relationships with Students

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Relationships are the heart of a school; they impact everything that happens there. And yet, it can be hard to isolate and replicate how positive relationships in the classroom are formed, maintained, and given room to grow. In this issue, educators will identify scalable strategies for building better relationships with students. How do you balance empathy with high expectations? Can feedback be both constructive and caring? How do you cultivate compassion for oppositional students? Are there hidden messages in how you lead your classroom? And if so, how can you align them with your goal of a joyful, high achieving community. James Baldwin wrote, “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” This issue seeks to remove the barriers to connectedness and demystify the steps toward better relationships with students.

ASCD Express is looking for 600–1,000-word essays or  brief multimedia content on the theme “Better Relationships with Students.” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send your submissions to by November 15, 2015.

ASCD Express is also still accepting submissions for “Tech Your Teaching: When, Why, How.”

Laura Varlas is an ASCD project manager in publishing, and a graduate student in the secondary education: English/language arts program at George Washington University.