School Climate Improvement
Students learn best when they are in environments in which they feel safe, supported, challenged, and accepted. In addition, environments that have strong school climates foster the social, emotional, and academic well-being of all students. Research shows that when schools and districts effectively focus on improving school climate, students are more likely to engage in the curriculum, achieve academically, and develop positive relationships; students are less likely to exhibit problem behaviors; and teacher turnover is lower and teacher satisfaction is higher.
Services are offered to guide schools and districts in developing and coordinating intentional, purposeful, and relevant strategies to improve school climate. Services have been developed to accomplish the following:
- Engage teachers, students and parents in assessing and improving the school climate via the Comprehensive School Climate Survey (CSCI-developed by the National School Climate Center)
- Offer opportunities to teachers, staff and non-district stakeholders to collaborate in creating a vision of student and teacher success.
- Use relative school data to develop strategies to achieve teacher and student success, and own the process.
- Assist teachers, staff and non-district staff in creating a socially just teaching and learning environment.
A positive school climate reflects attention to fostering social and physical safety, providing support that enables students and staff to realize high behavioral and academic standards as well as encouraging and maintaining respectful, trusting, and caring relationships throughout the school community. -U. S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, 2016.