Happy children demonstrate the impact of creating a positive school climate.

11 tips on creating a positive school climate

With the advancement of SEL curriculum, creating a positive school climate has moved to the top of district leaders' to-do lists

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is more than just a curricular add-on–it’s an integral part of helping students learn empathy for their peers and create safe spaces for everyone to learn. Creating a positive school climate goes a long way toward establishing safe and happy learning communities.

Two recent reports from the National School Climate Center (NSCC) offer some real-world examples from schools and insight from thought leaders to support and drive school climate improvements.

The Lessons from the Field report spotlights six school districts’ efforts to create positive school climates, and it also shares best practices to help with creating a positive school climate for all learners.

The Connecting Communities of Courage report recaps a 2017 summit co-hosted by NSCC and Facebook for Education, which brought together 170 education leaders for a discussion on school climate. That discussion focused on safety, engagement, and inclusion, and the report examines what schools can focus on with regard to creating a positive school climate.

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“Creating a positive school climate–one in which students and adults are engaged, supported, and respected–can improve both academic and positive life outcomes for young people. This is the goal of our work at the National School Climate Center,” says Whitney Allgood, NSCC CEO. “The reports provide powerful, thought-provoking insight from a diverse group of school districts and education leaders to support and inform school climate work throughout the country.”

Laura Ascione

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