Adolescent years are full of opportunities and defined as an optimal time for learning. Having a trusted adult at school is considered a key ingredient for increasing students’ engagement and school connectedness.

This training will provide school staff with a deep understanding of early adolescent development, and explore developmentally-tailored relationship-oriented approaches with an academic focus that enhance participants’ efficacy in connecting with adolescents. This online training course provides a Certificate of Completion for up to 10 hours of professional continuing education contact hours, which can be submitted to individual licensing boards for credit based on their guidelines.

To learn more about the Whole Learners program, including in-person tailored trainings and relational individual and coaching services, please visit our website www.wholelearners.com or email us at gadea002@umn.edu.


There are five modules in this course:

Module 1: Adolescent Connectedness Research & Frameworks

Module 2:  Adolescent Development & Brain Research (part 1)

Module 3: Adolescent Development & Brain Research (part 2)

Module 4: Reframing behaviors in a relational way

Module 5: From Research to Practice


  • Gain knowledge on the latest research on adolescent development
  • Learn about factors that promote healthy youth development in schools
  • Understand and apply relational and developmentally-tailored approaches
  • Complete an individual student connection action plan


"I did see changes this year as a result of this program. Specifically I was reminded that in middle school relationships between the student and teacher are so critical."

"I have gained much as a teacher through participation in the program. The best thing is that my students will gain more because they have a better teacher in the classroom."

"I found it exhilarating...it was a helpful caring and supportive format. This is a program that I wish all teachers could experience."


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Section Title
Whole Learners Relationships Matters
Section Schedule
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Delivery Options
Self Paced Online  
Course Fee(s)
Registration non-credit $75.00
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