The Positive Learning Climates KnowledgeBase is an online resource to aid educators in nurturing school climates conducive to learning. It is organized around five elements aimed at developing a positive learning climate.
Purpose: In addition to addressing academic rigor, instructional strategies, teacher qualifications, and class size, the learning environment plays an equally important role in improving student academic achievement. The first step in creating a positive learning climate is understanding the laws addressing school safety. Element 1 offers basic information on the legal aspects of school safety.
Purpose: Assessing the school's learning climate involves looking at student behavior, school culture, physical environment, family and community involvement, and interactions with other government agencies. Element 2 outlines the tasks involved in creating a profile of the school's learning climate.
Guideline: When organizing a work team, attention must be given to its membership, purpose, required resources, and the time commitment needed to fulfill its tasks. Such a foundation is necessary to form an effective team.
This checklist excerpted from the National School Boards Foundation's Education Leadership Toolkit contains six statements regarding characteristics that make effective team members.
A broad range of stakeholders should be involved in the improvement process. This checklist may help the improvement team identify stakeholders in its community.
Excerpted from the National School Boards Foundation's Education Leadership Toolkit, these guidelines offer a list of recommended behaviors for effective team participation.
This Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) guide was designed to assist schools in implementing an effective team approach to school improvement. Though intended to support specific SREB programs, the content may be useful to a school organizing a school improvement team.
Purpose: Addressing school climate is an important aspect of improving academic performance. Taking a comprehensive look at a school's climate addresses focus areas that merit attention and communicates intended methods and strategies to the staff members, students, and other relevant constituent groups. Element 3 outlines the tasks involved with creating a positive school climate.
Purpose: Improvement is achieved through the effective implementation of chosen strategies. To be successful, the principal should monitor the school's progress towards implementing the selected strategies. Element 4 outlines the steps for implementing the strategies aimed at improving a school's climate.