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The ATPE Podcast: Appropriate Student-Teacher Relationships

Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators

Date Posted: 12/05/2022

As an educator, establishing and maintaining positive student-teacher relationships is an important part of the job. Building this rapport is known to support student growth, motivation, and student learning outcomes. But sometimes these well-meaning connections can be misinterpreted or misunderstood, and perception is critical. So what does an appropriate educator-student relationship look like, and how does the Educators’ Code of Ethics address the issue?

In this episode of The ATPE Podcast, ATPE Staff Attorney Sylvia Martinez-Haley breaks down legal concerns over student-teacher relationships and provides tips for maintaining healthy, professional boundaries.

The legal information provided here is accurate as of the date of publication. It is provided here for informative purposes only. Individual legal situations vary greatly, and readers needing individual legal advice should consult directly with an attorney. Please note: Rights based on the Texas Education Code may not apply to all. Many Texas Education Code provisions do not apply to public charter schools, and public school districts may have opted out of individual provisions through a District of Innovation plan. Eligible ATPE members may contact the ATPE Member Legal Services Department.