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School climate affects everyone in a school community. Research has shown that improving relationships in schools increases academic achievement and decreases students’ likelihood to participate in high-risk behaviors. But it goes beyond just improving student outcomes. Poor school climate can create a host of issues, and improving it can make school a safer, more nurturing place for everyone.
Here’s a great example…Students at Anamosa High School in Jones County, Iowa thanked their cafeteria staff for their positive and friendly attitudes with a parade and celebration. As cafeteria workers entered school doors, students greeted them with hugs and high fives and presented them with roses and tiaras so that they could “be the princesses that they are,” said the teacher of the students who organized the effort. Cafeteria workers wiped away tears as students expressed gratitude for the services and enthusiasm they provide every day. Their efforts to acknowledge the work of school staff that might otherwise be overlooked made the local newspaper.
It is important to appreciate and cultivate relationships with everyone in a school community, and the students at Anamosa High School provided a heartwarming example of how acknowledging the work of others promotes a more positive school climate.
We encourage you to explore our website for further information. Here are a few of our listed resources that address school climate:
NCSSLE Webinar: Establishing Supportive Relationships between Teachers, Staff, Students, and Families
School Climate Practice Briefs for Implementation and Sustainability
Features the latest research on and best practices in implementing school climate improvements based on work with the entire academic community, including teachers, staff, school-based mental health professionals, students, and parents.
School Climate Guide for District Policymakers and Education Leaders
Identifies quality practices in school climate that can lead to student achievement and success; various policy options that encourage, support and reward implementation and sustainability of a positive school climate; and strategies to ensure alignment of quality practice and supportive policies based on research and evidence of practice.