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.
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.
Guideline: The work team should share the documented strategies with the school's principal and other groups such as teachers, support staff, parents, public safety officials and leading community members interested in the school. Soliciting input from these groups offers the opportunity to gain their input and starts building support. Relevant revisions suggested by the constituent groups may be included following this review.
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Bringing a group of diverse people together as a team to accomplish a specific project can be a significant task. When brought together as a group, people carry with them their perceptions, beliefs, and personal agendas. This document, reproduced from The Team Handbook authored by Peter Scholtes, may help team members have effective discussions.
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.