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CSF 6: Improve School Climate
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The connection between school climate and student achievement has been well established in research. Focusing on the development of a campus' climate as a learning environment is fundamental to improved teacher morale and student achievement (Namura, 1999). Formally assessing and addressing school climate is essential to any schools' effort toward successful reform, achievement, and making a difference for underprivileged student groups (California P-16 Council, 2008). Indicators of a positive school climate and welcoming learning environment are increased attendance and reduced discipline referrals. Increased attendance in extracurricular activities is another sign that students feel supported by an affirming school climate (Scales & Leffert, 1999).
Supporting Components
Key strategies establish the foundation for each Critical Success Factor. The activities supporting each CSF must be thoughtfully developed by stakeholders to ensure each campus initiative is successful. The strategies noted here, when implemented correctly, can support the development of each Critical Success Factor. While the following is not a definitive list, the evidence-based components provided here are proven to show a high rate of success.
  • Increase Attendance
  • Decreased Disciplline referrals
  • Increased Involvement in Extra/Co-Curricular Activities
ESEA Turnaround Principle: Improve School Environment
Establishing a school environment that improves school safety and discipline and addressing other non-academic factors that impact student achievement, such as students' social, emotional, and health needs

Web pages:
Positive Behavior Interventions and Support Technical Support Center

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Tribes Learning Community

Responsive Classroom

National School Climate Center

12 Dimensions of School Climate

National School Climate Standards


Articles:
Social Policy Report
This issue of Social Policy Report proposes that schools should take a new approach: integrating the teaching and reinforcement of Social Emotion Learning (SEL) skills into their daily interactions and practices with students. It explains that research warrants a new perspective and highlights a range of new approaches and support strategies that are designed to be time-efficient, low-cost, and integrated with (rather than distracting from) academic curricula.

School Climate Research Review

The documents creates an overview of School Climate research conducted by the National School Climate Center.

Guide to Creating Mission and Vision Statements
ASCD's guide to creating a school's Mission and Vision Statements.


Books:

Transforming School Climate and Learning
Bill Preble and Rick Gordon

Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division
Anthony Muhammad

ESC-20 PBIS-Schoolwide Discipline


Session Offerings

Sessions offered at Education Service Center, Region 20, are available for registration at Connect20

Additionally, customized sessions are available for campuses and districts.

For more information, please contact Shannon Allen (210)370-5481.

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