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.
Guideline: Interactions with law enforcement and district attorneys often occur when a school has experienced some kind of violent or drug-related situation. Tracking such interactions is important when compiling the school and community snapshot. The lessons learned from such episodes can be a basis for creating a safer school climate.
This guide developed by Education Northwest, formerly the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, helps educators develop and implement partnerships with law enforcement agencies aimed at enhancing school safety.
This resource part of Education Northwest's series of safe schools guidebooks helps educators improve their capacity to serve all students by linking with mental health and social service agencies.
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.
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.