A team of University of Missouri researchers is preparing to partner with 200 middle school teachers around the state to create a more positive learning environment. The effort discusses what is called prosocial behavior techniques – to boost student outcomes and reduce teacher stress. The teachers reach about 26-thousand Missouri students. Dr. Christi Bergin, with the MU College of Education and Human Development, says one approach is praising the child – not the act.


The virtual partnership is thanks to a four-million-dollar federal grant.