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Positive School Climate

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Seema Bhakta

on 7 January 2014

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Transcript of Positive School Climate

Positive School Climate:
a comprehensive approach
What is Climate?
The NSCC suggests that there are four major areas to organize school climate improvement:
teaching and learning
institutional environment
OC Human Relations believes that ALL people should live free from harassment, discrimination and violence.

We promote this through
working together with schools to create a campus climate that is safe, welcoming and respectful
employing "win-win" mediation strategies to help resolve conflict in the community
bringing diverse communities together in crisis situations and supporting voices for all in the decision-making process that affect our lives
helping victims of hate crimes
promoting police and community reconciliation
e.g. rules and norms; physical safety;
social-emotional safety
e.g. respect for diversity;
school connectedness/engagement;
social support– adults;
social support – students; leadership
e.g. social, emotional,
ethical and civic learning;
support for learning;
professional relationships
e.g. physical surrounding
What the research says...
Increases the ability
of schools and districts
to teach and meet their educational goals
Increases the ability of students to learn
Increases Attendance
California Safe Schools Coalition
California Safe Schools Coalition
Students who feel safe at school are more likely to have higher GPA
Students who feel safe at school are more likely to plan to go to college.

Racial or cultural conflicts
Fear of violence

3 common reasons listed for truancy:
Many students spend more time at school than home
May be their best chance for positive adult relationships
School is a place for students to thrive
How to be a part of society
Explore identity
Gain skills to be successful
Help understand societal norms and expectations
positive child and youth development
effective risk prevention and health promotion efforts
student learning and academic achievement
increased student graduation rates
teacher retention
Research shows that sustained positive school climate is associated with:
The National School Climate Center (NSCC) developed the following definition that synthesizes current thinking and research about school climate:

“School climate refers to the quality and character of school life. School climate is based on patterns of students’, parents’ and school personnel’s experience of school life and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices and organizational structures.”
What are the biggest climate challenges
your school faces?
Think in terms of
safety, relationships, teaching & learning and institutional environment
Our theory of change identifies that the BRIDGES program on campus should support the Safety, Interpersonal Relationships and Institutional Environment of the campus.
If our young people experience a positive campus climate at school, our hope is that they are inspired to build a safe and respectful community.
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado at Boulder
California Safe Schools Coalition
California Safe Schools Coalition
Center for Social & Emotional Education
Jan 2010
California Department of Education
Safe Schools & Violence Prevention Office
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