Forge Strong Learner-Student Relationships

Building relationships with students is crucial to their ability to learn in both remote or traditional classrooms.  Building UDL lessons, culture, and climate for ALL students is the goal.  Knowing how to create effective relationships and a classroom community is just one step on the UDL journey.  This course will provide the why, what, and how of building relationships in a remote setting to assure that the teacher-student relationship is strong in order to face barriers together.  We will examine how the involvement of students providing feedback and exploration of trauma-informed teaching will springboard your profession and add many strategies to your teaching toolbox along the way.

Course Details

This is a facilitated online course that will run from September 28-November 23, 2020. This course will consist of eight online asynchronous modules. You may complete the modules and work on your own time but must pass in assignments by their due dates.

Instructor: Lisa Reece, J.D.

Cost: $445 for 36 contact hours (3 graduate credits may be obtained for an additional fee of $225)

($25 discount per enrollment available to schools/districts that enroll 3 or more educators. Please contact Lindie Johnson at for details.)

This course is equivalent to 3.6 CEUs and 36 contact hours. All participants who receive a grade of C or better will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course.

Graduate credit may be obtained for this course for an additional $225 through Gordon College. Graduate credit must be obtained prior to the beginning of the course. Please contact for details.


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Course Objectives

Learn how to incorporate various relationship-building strategies to fit the needs of ALL students by:

  • Assessing strengths and weaknesses to determine if current practices are allies or obstacles
  • Using student feedback to improve one’s teaching practice,
  • Exploring why building effective relationships are necessary to improve teaching practices and to guide the delivery of instruction

Design and create UDL products (for use in remote and/or traditional settings) that have a strong foundation of relationship-building interwoven throughout to remove barriers and establish a partnership with people in their learning environment.

Understand how traumatic experiences affect students’ ability to learn as well as developing strategies and techniques to improve educational outcomes for ALL students.

Course Requirements

This course requires participants to be engaged and prepared for each and every assignment. 

The course will be offered online through eight asynchronous modules yet students will have the opportunity to communicate with fellow participants through Canvas discussion boards. Participants will be expected to pass in work by the due date, but will also be given the opportunity to revise and improve upon their work (just as students in their class should be given the same respect using the UDL framework).

All students must create a Canvas account and login to view modules and assignments.  All assignments must be submitted electronically through Canvas. All assignments can be resubmitted for feedback and grading up until the last day of the course.

Students will be provided with regular feedback and rubrics to help them determine how they will be assessed throughout the course.

About Your Instructor

Lisa Reece

Lisa Reece, J.D.

Lisa Reece, J.D. is currently an Assistant Principal at a K-8 school in Stockton, California.  Additionally, she teaches at her local Teacher’s College assisting teacher interns in completing courses to earn their credentials.

Lisa began her career as a high school English and AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) teacher.  She then became an instructional coach focused on working with new teachers and teacher interns.  She is a wife, mother, and lifelong learner.

Her educational philosophy: “As a leader and educator of teachers, I feel enormous pressure to build within teachers a core belief that they are simply the guide on a child’s journey through education.”


Enrollment for the Fall 2020 session is now open.


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