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Positive School Climate

All students have the right to feel mentally, physically, and emotionally safe in school.

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Let's Discuss

  • How do you define a positive school climate?
  • Why is creating a positive school climate important?
  • What policies, programs, or actions does your school already take to encourage the development of a positive school climate?
  • What policies, programs, or actions do you think your school could potentially implement to improve the school climate?
  • How do teachers and faculty contribute to the school climate?
  • How do students contribute to the schoolclimate? Can they work together with administration?
  • How does school climate contribute to perceived issues in your school (bullying, student-teacher relationships, stress etc.)?
  • What is your ideal school climate? Can you identify any examples of schoolsor other organizationsthat model this?

Subtopic Ideas

Stress culture, bullying, discrimination, tolerance, minority support services, student leadership, teacher-student relationships, mentoring

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The Relationship Between School Climate and School Bullying
“This study investigates the relationship between student perceptions of school climate and self-reported bullying between students. Data were collected from 604 students in 59 regular grade 5-6 classrooms, within 20 state schools in Victoria, Australia. A significant negative relationship was found between measures of positive school climate and the prevalence of student peer bullying. Implications for classroom teachers and school administrators are discussed. The importance of measuring and monitoring students’ involvement in bullying and perceptions of school climate is emphasized.”
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Project Happiness
“With the unspoken epidemic of stress and depression infiltrating every community, how can kids (of all ages) learn to generate their own happiness regardless of the situations they face? Follow three groups of high school students from three continents on a quest to understand the nature of lasting happiness”
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The National School Climate Center’s Recommendations on Improving School Climate
“NSCC’s school climate improvement process is a data-informed, people-driven, and a cyclical five-stage process. The five stages are: preparation, evaluation, understanding findings and action planning, implementing plans, and re-evaluation for continuous improvement efforts. The process supports shared leadership that encompasses the entire district, including the school building, classroom, individual students, and the broader community…”
We Love School’s Podcast on Student Celebrations, School Climate, and Communication
“Host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Brad Ritchey, Superintendent of Milton-Union Exempted Village School District in Ohio, about school climate and the approaches his school district takes to communicate with the community.”
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“Yuck: A 4th Grader’s Short Documentary About School Lunch”
“Zachary Maxwell, a fourth grader at a New York City public elementary school, went on an undercover, six-month mission to capture video footage highlighting the discrepancies between school lunches as described by the official Department of Education lunch menu and the food actually being served in his elementary school lunchroom.”