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School Wide Climate. Dr. Araminta Sorrell Dalisha Phillips Bethiel Girma, MSW. Warm up activity. Sly and the family stone. Sing along! . Sly and the family stone. Words rewritten to encourage positive school climate. Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey Climate's  gettin nicer 

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school wide climate

School Wide Climate

Dr. Araminta Sorrell

Dalisha Phillips

Bethiel Girma, MSW

warm up activity
Warm up activity

Sly and the family stone

Sing along!

sly and the family stone
Sly and the family stone

Words rewritten to encourage positive school climate

Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey

Climate's gettin nicer 

Climate’s gettin stronger, tooSchool is so good to me

I want to, I want to,

I want to take you higher

I want to take you higherBaby babybaby light my fire

I want to take you higher Boom shaka-laka-laka

Boom shaka-laka-laka

Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey

Feeling's nitty-gritty

Fun is in the building too School is still good to me

I want to, I want to,

I want to get higher

I want to get higherBaby babybaby light my fire.


Boom shaka-laka-laka

Boom shaka-laka-laka

I want to, I want to,

I want to take you higher


school climate
School Climate

A Tiered response

Specialized Intervention

For students identified as needing intensive supports Tier 3 (Red) – CIS, TD, CY

Targeted Intervention

For students identified as needing additional supportsTier 2 (Yellow) – CIS, TD, CY

General Instruction and Supports

For all staff and students

Tier 1 (Green)-- CIS, TD, CY

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School climate

Key characteristics

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In schools with positive school climates students are caring, cooperative and understanding; they agree with and follow the school rules; and they are respectful towards peers and adults (Osher et al., 2008; Osher et al., 2010).

School climate

Research base

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Students who perceive that teachers are supportive, responsive, and care about them have better achievement and fewer behavior problems (e.g., Loukas & Robinson, 2004; Reinke & Herman, 2002).

School climate

Research base

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School climate


  • 1.Teachers blaming admin

Featuring the

City Year Performers

Molly Puskar, Boston

Emily Ostroff, Boston

BethielGirma, Milwaukee

Will Riechardt, Milwaukee

  • 3. Admins BLAMINGTeachers
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School climate

Video interview

Mr. Orlando Vera, Principal

Diplomas Now

Christa McAuliff Middle School

San Antonio 2006 – 2011

thank you
Thank you!

Thank you for

your participation!

school wide climate session
School wide climate session

Part II: Tier I Supports and Practices

tier one supports and practices
Tier one supports and practices


  • Warm up
  • Positive Reflections from Part I
  • Best Practices Team Share Outs
  • Presentation of Suggested Practices
  • Team Action Planning
  • Close and Evaluations
warm up
Warm up

Climate c’s


  • Each team will produce as many words as they can that begin with C that refer to a positive school climate
  • Number your entries
  • The team that has the most will win prizes
  • Be ready to share out


City Year




small group activity
Small group Activity

Positive reflections on part i

Begin your reflection with one of these

  • I liked
  • I feel
  • I was surprised
  • I would like to know more about
  • Now I understand
  • I think I will
  • I am beginning to wonder
  • I rediscovered
team activity
Team activity

Best practice sharing

Fill in the following information on a Tier I Template of one of your best school-wide Tier I activities.

If needed, see Caught You Doing Something Good sample for more information.

  • Name of activity
  • Frequency
  • Champions (sponsors)
  • Description
  • Resources needed
  • Special considerations
presentation of suggested activities
Presentation of suggested activities

School Climate activities are designed to create a major positive impression on the school community. The next series of slides will outline a few suggested practices

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Suggested practice #2 Visual attendance display

Denny International Middle School

6th grade

8th grade

7th grade

suggested practice 3
Suggested practice #3

Climate calendar



Bully Prevention Campaign

suggested practice 4
Suggested practice #4

Climate campaigns

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Suggested practice #4

Monthly climate campaigns may include:

Climate campaigns



Visual dramatization

Competition between teams

Student clubs involved

Catchy slogan

Addressing the issue during Advisory

Bell ringer (warm-up) for all classes

Student generated PSA

Student assembly – skits

Student performances

Passing music

Marquee inside and outside

Guest speakers (stakeholders)

CYDSG tickets for theme

Classroom or team announcement poster

School website

School newsletters

Reinforce campaigns outside of schools where students hang out


Community board

suggested practice 5
Suggested practice #5

Caught you doing

something good!

action planning
Action planning

Use the Tier I Template. By school team, plan at least one suggested practice!

  • Caught You Doing Something Good!
  • Visual Attendance Display
  • Climate Campaign

Please leave your templates with session facilitator.


Caught You Doing Something Good Winners!



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School Wide Climate

Dr. Araminta Sorrell

Dalisha Phillips

Bethiel Girma, MSW