Voices from the Field

Voices from the Field is a place for administrators, teachers, school support staff, community, and family members to learn what experts -- researchers, practitioners, family -- from across the country think by reading a short post that includes the latest promising practices on a range of school climate topics, along with references and related resources.

What acts of kindness have you witnessed that have had a positive impact on school climate?

Learn What Experts Think

School climate affects everyone in a school communityResearch 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.


American Institutes for Research

U.S. Department of Education

The contents of the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments Web site were assembled under contracts from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools to the American Institutes for Research (AIR), Contract Number  91990021A0020.

This Web site is operated and maintained by AIR. The contents of this Web site do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the U.S. Department of Education nor do they imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education.

©2021 American Institutes for Research — Disclaimer   |   Privacy Policy   |   Accessibility Statement