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 selected strategies will most likely have multiple goals associated with them. A work team comprised of school staff members, parents, public safety officials and possibly community leaders is an effective way to address those goals. The principal might designate a member of the school's planning team to monitor the work team and address impediments that affect the team's ability to accomplish the goals.
This guide from the Team Handbook might assist team members with having productive meetings.
Every team goes through a development process. From the beginning, it is critical for team members to understand they will experience a process of maturation and growth. An orientation program for team members should address how a team matures and develops. This guide, reproduced from the Team Handbook authored by Peter Scholtes, provides team members with an awareness of the stages of team growth.
This link is to a Mind Tools article on delegation.
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.