A school environment is broadly characterized by its facilities, classrooms practices, school-based health supports, and disciplinary policies and practices. It sets the stage for the external factors that affect students.

A positive school environment is defined as a school having appropriate facilities, well-managed classrooms, available school-based health supports, and a clear, fair disciplinary policy. There are many hallmarks of the academic, disciplinary, and physical environments of schools with a positive climate.


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Resource on Confronting Racial Discrimination in Student Discipline

Shares information to support schools’ efforts to confront the issue of race discrimination in student discipline effectively.

Green Strides

Provides free resources on healthy, safe, sustainable, 21st learning environments and environmental sustainability education. Resources and webinars on the website are aligned with the three Pillars of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award.

Shows connection between school nutrition and social and emotional climate (SEC) and learning (SEL). This research brief describes the SEL core competencies and provides examples of school nutrition policies and practices that reflect each competency. 

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