Online Class:  

Relationship Focused Teaching (NEW)

Instructor: Ashley Smith

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 (details below) will inspire and equip you to make lasting changes that will not only benefit you and your students but your entire school community. 


For K-12 Teachers

This class is offered for 3 Quarter Credits

Required Textbooks:

No More Teaching Without Positive Relationships by Howard, Milner-McCall and Howard 

Register Anytime!  You can start your course TODAY!

1. Click "Registration" below.  Our site will redirect you to an SPU registration page where you will pay both the TINT and SPU fee with a credit card. 

2. You will receive an email from SPU with your receipt and a link to the coursework. 

3. You have a year to complete the work at your own pace.  Your grade will be posted on your transcript within a few weeks (and often sooner) of you finishing!


Option 1:  Non-Credit/Audit TINT Tuition Fee (30 PDUs):  $525

Option 2:  3 Quarter Credit (60 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $525

+ $165 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $690

Click Here For Coursework Preview

Student Testimonials:

I signed up to take this class because I feel like building relationships is the most important part of my job. It’s a skill that I feel like I already have, but there are always great opportunities to learn new strategies and read new research on how to connect (especially during these Covid years).  Thanks for providing classes that are relatable and realistic. I plan to take more classes from you in the future!

TINT Student

This class has better prepared me to build positive relationships by showing me the results of having those relationships. There is so much joy in it. Teachers and students love the classroom environment so much more when there is positivity spread around. I think sometimes it can be easy to fall into an academic mindset and push through academics, but this course has reminded me that it is important to take a step back from academics and get to know our students and let our students get to know us. This class taught me that you will still have hard days with your tough students even if you have a great relationship with them and that is okay. I know I can forget that and get caught in the moment, but I need to remember nothing is personal and tomorrow is a new day. I am excited to greet my students using their name every morning, reaching out to families weekly (scary but I am excited at the same time), and I am excited to be more aware of my vocabulary I choose and how I present it. 

TINT Student