PDE3 • Start Date: 4/18/2024 "Building Positive Relationships" PD183725 Section#313088

Skilled educators know the value of having positive relationships with students. Learn how through this powerful online course.

Aloha Hawaii State DOE Educators!

You may complete your registration fee payment for this course using the link above. Please note that the DOE has capped this course at 30 participants and participation will be given to the first 30 people who complete their registration fee payment. Once you have completed your registration fee payment using the link above, your space in this course/section will be secured and your name will be added to the official PDE3 course roster. If the payment link is no longer visible above, that means that this section has sold out, in which case please check the other course section sales pages for openings. Thank you for your participation!

Note for non-classroom teachers: This Building Positive Relationships course is designed for educators who work directly with students, including counselors. If you are a non-classroom teacher without any students of your own, unfortunately you will not be able to meet the requirements of this course and we recommend that you check out our UMass Global courses or CSU Pueblo courses instead, which do not require participants to be working directly with students. Alternatively you could participate in our Social-Emotional Learning PDE3 course, which allows non-classroom teachers to "borrow" students from their colleauges.

More PD-credit options are available:
f you are in need of more PD credits, check out our UMass Global courses and/or CSU Pueblo courses for PD credits towards salary step movement/reclassification. The UMass Global and CSU Pueblo courses have no start dates and no due dates, so you can begin and complete them whenever you like. Also, you do not need to be working with students to complete these courses, so they don't need to take up any class time if you don't want them to. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions!


Great teachers are not just instructors and test administrators; they are mentors, coaches, motivators, and lifelong sources of inspiration to their students. We have seen it portrayed time and time again in movies, such as Dead Poets Society, Stand and Deliver, Dangerous Minds, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Freedom Writers, Lean on Me, School of Rock, Good Will Hunting, and The Karate Kid. All of these movies demonstrate one common reality: to truly impact our students, we have to embrace that relationships are the cornerstone of meaningful and enduring education. Current research evidences the number one factor impacting students’ education is the quality of relationships that they have with their teachers, counselors, and the administration. Think back to your own K-12 experience. The teachers who impacted you the most, and truly gave you an enduring education, were the ones who took the time to form relationships with you. Skilled educators know the value of having good relationships with students. Through this course, you will learn those skills and will develop powerful strategies that you can begin using right away to connect with ALL of your students. Developing positive relationships will help to minimize classroom disruptions, improve student engagement, and reduce stress for everyone.

* This course was designed for PreK-12th grade teachers of ALL areas and counselors.

"This course has truly changed both my professional and personal life. Mahalo for this learning opportunity!"
– Kayleen Pieper, Kamalii Elementary School

"This is honestly one of the best professional development courses I’ve ever taken. I’ve learned practical and applicable content to my profession. I’ve learned so much about myself as a professional and as a person."
Kehau Morikawa-Marzan, Wheeler Elementary School

"Thank you for this amazing class!
I learned so much about myself and my students."
– Abigayle Butler, Laie Elementary School

"Mahalo nui loa for this very inspirational and user-friendly course."
– Katie Tanaka, He'eia Elementary School

"Building Positive Relationships has empowered me to be a change agent on campus and a dream-releaser in my classroom. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
– Kamilla Maii, Kaimuki Middle School

"This course has given me new tools for life and reinforced the importance of building positive relationships with my students. I am a better teacher. Thank you."
– Brandon Hanagami, Leilehua High School

"With all the classes I have taken in the past, a class has never affected me as much as this one. I would like to thank you for having this course for teachers."
- Fay Tsurumaki, Mililani Uka Elementary School

"I wanted to thank you for creating such an enlightening course. As a new teacher I couldn't have taken this course at a better time."
– Paulina Felcher, Kapaa Elementary School

"This is the first online class that I really enjoyed and I feel as though I have so many new ideas, techniques, and tools to apply in my classroom. This course has had a major impact on me as a teacher. I'm encouraging my co-workers to take this course!"
– Kimberly Celebre, Leilehua High School

"Thank you so much for a wonderful learning opportunity that not only made me a better educator but a better person entirely."
– Darcie Horiuchi, Chaminade University of Honolulu

"Thank you for your dedication to providing teachers of Hawaii with high-quality professional development. I loved everything about this course."
– Sherri Sai, Special Education Resource Teacher, Honolulu District Office

Your Course Instructor

For Teachers By Teachers • PDE3
For Teachers By Teachers • PDE3

We are a highly dedicated team of full-time educators with professional licenses covering grades PK-12 in diverse areas, including Special Education, Childhood Education, Art Education, and Reading Specialists. Our course authors and instructors collectively boast over two decades of experience in the education field, actively contributing to the growth and development of school communities in New York, Vermont, Ohio, and Hawaii. Don't hesitate to reach out with any inquiries; we're here to assist you!

● Hawaii State DOE participants in PDE3 courses, kindly reach us at: [email protected]