Relational teachers allow for a change of course based on classroom conditions. 

They know that the route to their goal is broad and circuitous and based on human and natural elements.

...and that is why they view teaching as a human endeavor,

impossible to assess by quantitative measurements alone.

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OUR MISSION is to spotlight and codify the central importance of human relationships in K-12 schools. Using the book Time to Teach: Time to Reach as core material, we align with schools to help all members thrive.

Only connect! Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.
— E. M. Forster, Howard's End



Specifically, Reach Academics helps public, charter, and independent K-12 school communities:

• Appreciate the foundational importance of relationships in schools
• Identify the impact of relational teaching on social-emotional growth
• Share relational teaching strategies centered around

° Building Trust
° Encouraging Exploration
° Achieving Authenticity
° Creating Connection
° Cultivating Hope
° Making Time for Reflection

•Approach time management in creative ways
•Address and eradicate social isolation, ostracism, and bullying
•Embrace risk and innovation in teaching
•Incorporate technology with intention
•Navigate between friendship and friendliness (social boundaries on and off campus)
•Celebrate and honor the life-long call to teach
•Promote an effective and meaningful focus on diversity and inclusion

Sample Seminar Outlines


INDIVIDUALS (1-on-1 coaching)


Reach Academics works with individual teachers in order to improve their work on:

•Instructional delivery
•Relationships amongst administrators, faculty, students, parents
•Adapting to institutional change
•Time management
•Specific areas of focus as advised by administration
•”Managing Up” for mid-level administrators


Workshop Testimonials




A multimedia online course, offered every summer, designed for entry-level, mid-career, and veteran independent school teachers.
Learn from some of the today's biggest voices in the field of education: John Hattie, Vanessa Rodriguez, Parker Palmer, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang Jonathan Zaff, and Carol Dweck.

•Week 1: The Social Side of Teaching
•Week 2: The Emotional Side of Teaching
•Week 3: Bringing Our Whole Selves into the Classroom

This was a perfect way to participate in some very helpful Professional Development over the summer. I sat on my porch a few mornings each week and read or listened to well-crafted and curated materials on the topic of relational teaching. The readings and videos were well chosen and very accessible. That left me a lot of time each week to ponder and think. I found myself returning to the topics many times during the week and that was especially helpful when responding to the prompts. I had time to think about the impact, rather than just rushing to write something. I also benefited greatly from Nat’s observations, as well as the responses of other educators. As always, it so affirming to see that many of my challenges are the same ones shared by others. This was a terrific way to do some serious thinking about my classroom.
— Linda Bailey, Holton Arms