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School Climate “The quality and character of school life – fosters children’s development, learning and achievement. School climate is based on the patterns of people’s experiences of school life; it reflects the norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching, learning and leadership practices, and organizational structures that comprise school life.” As defined by the National School Climate Council - 2007
School Culture • It is not a program, but a way of organizing and running a school. It begins with shared norms, beliefs, values, and goals that results in agreed processes and procedures that produce consistency in practice. • A Cohesive School Culture results in consistent and pervasive adult and student understandings and practices related to: • Behavior • Achievement • Climate
Positive School Climate Strategic Steps • Establish S3 Team • Gain input from stakeholders • Conduct needs assessment/SWOT Analysis • Establish Behavioral Norms
Positive School Climate Strategic Steps • Build school-wide commitment & capacity to achieve Positive School Climate. • Outline & communicate procedures for addressing behavioral issues. • Establish a documentation system for inappropriate behavior.
Positive School Climate Strategic Steps • Select & implement appropriate school-wide positive climate programming • Select & implement asset building strategies • Select & implement intervention/treatment/referral systems • Evaluate all school climate processes