Interesting Education Week article about the importance of relationships in students' lives. But this article's thesis is somewhat misleading, because there is also corporate sponsorship and involvement with students.
Most interesting to me as a veteran teacher is that the school in question didn't replace any teachers, and still completely changed the culture and the academic progress of the school (paying attention, Governor?). Everyone bought into what the principal was trying to do, without worrying about punitive measures.
What do you think?