Course Description

Students need strong relationships with teachers in order to be able to effectively and authentically engage with their learning. In this course, we will study why these relationships are so crucial and learn practical strategies you can implement immediately to make positive changes. Our textbook, No More Teaching Without Positive Relationships by Howard, Milner-McCall and Howard will inspire and equip you to make lasting changes that will not only benefit you and your students but your entire school community. Grades K-12.


“I’ve always wanted the students to go into 5th grade having memorized their multiplication facts with automaticity. This year, my goal is for students to have multiple strategies that they can refer back to while solving all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). I’ve always had this goal, but I think I emphasized speed over strategy, in reference to fact practice. This book really emphasized the importance of skill building and learning, vs speed. I think I really needed this reminder. My goals have definitely been met with this course. I like that I could take my time and really think about what this course could teach me. I didn’t have to rush to complete everything at once. I needed the reminder to focus on skills and learning vs. speed. I also got confirmation from some of the chapters that I am doing a lot of things right. Sometimes that is hard to remember when students are significantly below grade level. I just need to stay on course and focus on growth. It should always be about growth. I’m really glad that I took this course and I would recommend it to others.” —TINT Student

“This class allowed me to do an amazing amount of learning! My goals were not only met but exceeded and I love learning so much background information to help me better understand why and how various strategies work. I am so excited to approach math teaching through the view of growth mindset and to help excite students about all of the possibilities that numbers hold for them! I am so very happy that I have taken this class and now see math fact fluency in a new and different way. I have such a better understanding and love that I now have research-based resources, strategies, and approaches that will be fun, engaging, and meaningful for my students. I am excited to make math much more verbal and collaborative with a focus on exploration rather than on finding the right “answer” or memorizing the right math facts. I think this class will help me bring more joy into my classroom through math!” —TINT Student

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Section Title
Relationship Focused Teaching
Start Now, you have 365 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $690.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must Be Purchased Separately:

Howard, Jaleel R., et al. Not This but That: No More Teaching without Positive Relationships. Heinemann, 2020.



Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT)

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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