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: There are many grant opportunities available to public schools through not-for-profit foundations and corporations with a focus on education. District staff members and principals should be aware of these possibilities and be encouraged to explore possible grants related to school safety.
This guide developed by Education Northwest, formerly the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory helps educators identify and use resources to aid in creating a positive learning environment.
This link to the Foundation Center website provides a glossary of philanthropy-related terminology.
This link to the K12Grants.org website provides a list of grants available to schools organized by category, including grants from the federal and state levels.
The Writing Successful Grants KnowledgeBase provides resources to help districts, schools, and others write a grant application with the greatest possible chance of success.
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.