Students learn best when they are in environments in which they feel safe, supported, challenged, and accepted. Research shows that when schools and districts focus on improving school climate, students are more likely to engage in the curriculum, develop positive relationships, and demonstrate positive behaviors.

To help schools and districts improve school climate, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments has developed the School Climate Improvement Resource Package (Resource Package). The Resource Package includes a variety of resources to meet a range of needs among stakeholders interested in improving school climate.*

 

 

cover page of the Quick Guide

Quick Guide on Making School Climate Improvements. This guide provides the basics on what is involved in improving school climate, including descriptions of what it looks like when it is being done well, as well as pitfalls to avoid.

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Cover Page of the Reference Manual

School Climate Improvement Reference Manual. This reference manual provides comprehensive lists of goals, strategies, outputs, and resources on improving school climate via planning, engaging stakeholders, collecting, analyzing and reporting data, identifying and implementing interventions, and monitoring and evaluating.

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School Climate Improvement Action Guides. These guides provide action steps for district leaders, school leaders, instructional staff, noninstructional staff, families, students, and community partners on how to support school climate improvements, tips on what it looks like when it is being done well and what pitfalls to avoid, and questions to ask to engage in the school climate improvement efforts.

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School Climate Data Interpretation Resources. These resources help interpret school climate data. Specifically:

  • A Data Analysis Worksheet that provides key questions ED School Climate Surveys (EDSCLS) users can utilize to guide analysis of their data;
  • A Data Interpretation Guide that provides technical descriptions of and recommendations for using and interpreting various school climate survey data; and
  • Data Interpretation Topical Discussion Guides to assist in using and interpreting data results for specific school climate topic areas, overall and by multi-tiered system of supports, as applicable. 

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Online Modules. These six modules provide an opportunity to practice skills, including engaging leadership and other stakeholders, analyzing and collecting school climate data, and identifying interventions.

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* These documents provide strategies applicable to public schools and districts, including charter authorizers, charter management organizations, education management organizations, individual charter schools, and charter local educational agencies.