3-Credits • UMass Global • Boosting Achievement Through Successful Educator-Student Relationships

Registration Fee ($165) + UMass Global Fee ($210) = Total Fee ($375)

Aloha Hawaii State Department of Education educators!

3-PD Credits: Just like our other UMass Global courses and CSU Pueblo courses, this course also results in 3-PD credits towards HIDOE salary step movement/reclassification.

To register for this course, please complete the following two steps:

Step One: Complete the $165 registration fee payment using the link above and you'll gain instant access to your new online classroom.

Step Two: If you would like to earn 3 graduate level PD credits from UMass Global upon course completion, please complete the $210 PD credit fee at UMass Global's online portal by clicking here and purchasing course EDDU 9498. After you add the course to your cart, click "checkout" and proceed to confirmation, you'll be prompted to create an account with UMass Global. You are welcome to wait until you've finished the course to complete this payment.

This course is open to participants nationwide!

✶ Hawaii State DOE participants: If you are a Hawaii State DOE participant, please be sure to receive signed principal approval for any university coursework that will be applied towards reclassification by using the 200-005 Form (click here). Also, every year in January, HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union typically begins providing PD support stipends to reimburse Hawaii State DOE educators for their professional development fees accrued throughout the year. For more information about this fantastic opportunity, click the following link: The HawaiiUSA Professional Support Stipend.

✶ Portland Public Schools participants: If you are a PPS participant, please note that per your Union contract, "The District will reimburse professional educators for tuition cost for up to six (6) non-cumulative hours in a 12-month period for which graduate credit is granted by a college or university." See the PAT/PPS contract for details and the PPS website for how to access your tuition reimbursement. Find more information about tuition reimbursement for PPS teachers by clicking here.

Course Description

This highly engaging, research-rich PD course underscores a fundamental truth often overlooked in day-to-day classroom management: Education is a people business! Packed with expert insight and enlightening multimedia content, this class will instill in participants a newfound awareness of the ways in which building strong, healthy connections with our students is not just supplemental to their curriculum; it’s at the core of what they need from educators. A secure, trusting relationship between teacher and student is also at the heart of positive discipline, and the foundation for a safe, harmonious, productive classroom.

The many strategies participants will explore include: practicing self-compassion and mindfulness, using positive language and reinforcement, the neuroscientific approach to emotional intelligence, how to make learning fun and accessible for all students, shortcuts to establishing trust, equity and mutual respect, building rapport and finding common ground, and designing a prosocial classroom that fosters critical consciousness. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will have all the tools and knowledge they need to enhance their job satisfaction while boosting student achievement through the power of positive relationships.

Self-paced, Self-guided and Online:

This course has no start date and no due dates, so you can begin and complete the course whenever it is convenient for you. You do not need to be working with students to complete this course. Because it is entirely self-paced, self-guided and online, there are no scheduled meetings
, so you are free to work on the content whenever and wherever it is most convenient for you.

3 Graduate Level PD Credits:

Upon completion of this course, participants will receive 3 graduate-level PD credits from University of Massachusetts Global (formerly Brandman University), which can be used for professional advancement such as salary increment steps and licensing requirements.

Information about PD-Credits for Hawaii State DOE participants:

Hawaii State DOE educators can use these graduate level PD credits in place of PDE3 credits for salary step movement in the HIDOE's Teacher Reclassification system. Please note that this graduate level PD course is not located in the PDE3 system. Graduate level PD-credits instead of PDE3-credits means that coursework will only be reviewed by UMass course instructors and will not need to be submitted to PDE3 for further review. 3-PD credits will be issued to you directly from UMass Global. For more information about using university/college credits towards salary reclassification, please see the following Hawaii State DOE "Guidelines for Reclassification" memo: click here.

If you are a Hawaii State DOE educator, please download and print the 200-005 form for university credits, and have it signed by your school's Principal.To apply your 3 graduate level PD-credits to salary step movement, you can simply submit your 200-005 form to the DOE's Reclassification Unit along with your UMass transcript once you complete the course. We have completed the course information for you on this form and it can be downloaded and printed at the following link
: click here.

"This course has truly changed both my professional and personal life. Thank you for this learning opportunity!"
– Kayleen Pieper, Teacher

"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, Teacher

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

"Thank you for this very inspirational and user-friendly course."
– Katie Tanaka, Teacher

"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, Teacher

"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, Teacher

"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, Teacher

"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, Teacher

"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, Teacher

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

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

Your Course Instructor

For Teachers By Teachers • UMass Global
For Teachers By Teachers • UMass Global

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!

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