Quick Guide on Making School Climate Improvements

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Quick Guide on Making School Climate Improvements

The way students, families, teachers, and other school staff experience the school and school-related activities affects student attendance, learning, and achievement. Students who learn in positive learning environments that are safe, supportive, and engaging are more likely to improve academically, participate more fully in the classroom, and develop skills that will help them be successful in school and in life. 

This Quick Guide provides district and school leaders, teachers, school staff, and other members of the school community with the basics on how to initiate, implement, and sustain school climate improvements. Specificially, it explains how making school climate improvements involves 5 sets of activities-- planning; engaging stakeholders; collecting, analyzing and reporting school climate data; identifying and implementing interventions; and monitoring and evaluation-- and then provides for each activity set:

  • Why it is important
  • What are the key things to do
  • What it looks like when it is done well
  • What to avoid/potential pitfalls 

It also includes links to related Resource Package items to learn more.

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