Making the Case for the Importance of School Climate and Its Measurement in Turnaround Schools

Event Date: 
September 20, 2012 - 03:00pm to 04:30pm EDT


In partnership with ED’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students’ Safe and Supportive Schools (S3) Technical Assistance Center, the School Turnaround Learning Communities presented the Webinar, “Making the Case for the Importance of School Climate and Its Measurement in Turnaround Schools." 

A growing body of evidence has demonstrated how school climate is important to making schools work, especially in turnaround schools. When collecting data on school turnaround progress, measures of school climate are often leading indicators for progress!


In response, Dr. David Osher, Vice-President of Human and Social Development at the American Institutes for Research and Principal Investigator for the SSSTA Center, provided a presentation tailored for turnaround grantees, districts and schools that described:

  • Frameworks for understanding the relationship between school climate and student outcomes;
  • How school climate can be integrated into a school to create safe and healthy learning environments;
  • Strategies for communicating the importance of school climate to different stakeholders; and
  • Characteristics of good school climate surveys.

Throughout, Dr. Osher spoke to how school climate improvements can be integrated into your work to sustain, build capacity for, monitor, and scale up your turnaround efforts.

Webinar Materials

View the Webinar recording (Available on Youtube)

Download the presentation slides (PDF)

Questions and Answers (PDF) - Coming Soon

Have you seen our new Website feature Voices from the Field? It is a place where administrators, teachers, school support staff, community, and family members can (1) share what they think by responding to a polling question, (2) see what others think by viewing the poll’s results, (3) see what experts think by reading a short post that includes references and related resources, and (4) share one’s own experiences by posting comments on safe and supportive schools topics. The current topic is focused on implementing school climate improvements, with a new topic coming in July. We invite you to participate and look forward to hearing from the field on how school climate improvements are being implemented!