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: Prior to finalizing the strategies aimed at improving the school's learning climate, the principal should schedule time with the district's superintendent to review them with him or her. Keeping the superintendent informed assures the strategies are aligned with the district's perspective. As the principal deems warranted, the superintendent's suggestions should be reviewed with the school's work team. Revisions suggested by the district superintendent would be included following this review.
This guide offers a checklist for the principal to use when reviewing the school improvement plan with the district superintendent and/or his or her designee. It is intended as an aid for the principal in preparing for this dialog and not as an all-encompassing discussion list.
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.