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.
Youth Crime Watch of America, Inc. (YCWA) is now known as Ignitus. As noted at its wesbite, "Ignitus Worldwide is a non-profit organization comprised of sites domestically and in 38 countries internationally. The goal of Ignitus Worldwide is to create empowering environments for youth. An Ignitus site is established with leadership development and civic engagement as the basis for empowering youth." The website provides information about the program and related resources.
D.A.R.E is a widely known anti-drug abuse program used in schools throughout the United States. However, schools should note there is no scientifically based research that shows the effectiveness of the program. This is important in regard to NCLB requirements for funding programs with federal dollars. Schools that are using the program seem to be doing so as part of a broader drug abuse curriculum.
This fact sheet from the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado discusses the roles and responsibilities of a school resource officer and provides a description of a model program.
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.