School climate refers to patterns of people’s experiences of school life; it reflects the norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching, learning and leadership practices, as well as the organizational structure that comprise school life. There is no question that school culture is a critical factor in school success. For nearly two decades, a growing body of research describes the link between positive school climate and student absenteeism, suspension, feeling connected and attached to school, student self-esteem, positive self-concept and motivation to learn. A school’s culture, in short, either promotes or undermines student learning.
Transforming School Climate Toolkit Highlights!
There is no question that school culture is a critical factor in school success. These strategies help shape and transform school culture into an environment that helps students feel connected and attached to school, have a positive self concept and feel motivated to learn. Our grantees working to create safe, engaging, and inclusive school cultures are our guide to what really works in practice in Colorado. That work, taken collectively, represents four core transformational strategies.
- Empowering Students to Be Change Agents
- Creating a Community of Upstanding Citizens
- Facilitating Adult Practice Change: Professional Development and Policy
- Using Data to Drive Decisions
Empowering Students to Be Change Agents
To read more about how Poudre High School and Rangeview High School are empowering students to be change agents, view the document below.