Transforming School Climate Toolkit


“… a 2011 study showing that evidence-based instruction in social and emotional learning boosts academic achievement by, on average, 11 points on standardized tests.”
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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.

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