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.
Guideline: The strategies aimed at improving a school's learning climate should identify each involved agency and its roles and responsibilities. Such entities would include the district, school, local public safety agencies, social service agencies, and any other identified party. Responsibilities for supplying information to the local news media should also be identified.
This worksheet may be a useful tool for school improvement team members to outline implementation plans for each school improvement goal. A separate worksheet should be competed for each goal. The worksheet has three sections: a description of the goal with achievement benchmarks, necessary professional development activities associated with accomplishing the goal, and a projected implementation timeline.
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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.