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6 Ways to Create a Healthy School Climate

January 04, 2013 1 min read
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Over the last two decades, many in the public have viewed the lack of discipline as one of the key problems facing public schools. How can educators find a balance between establishing order and creating a welcoming learning environment for students? To share their insights into this thorny issue, Education Week Commentary asked six thought leaders the question:

What is the most effective approach for maintaining discipline and a positive climate in the public schools?

Read their responses:

School Climate & Safety Opinion Raise Expectations
Clinton L. Robinson Jr.
Southwestern Area Superintendent
Wake County, N.C.
Clinton L. Robinson Jr., January 4, 2013
3 min read
School & District Management Opinion Channel Energy to Social-Justice Projects
Xian Barrett
Law and History Teacher
Gage Park High School, Chicago
Xian Barrett, January 4, 2013
3 min read
Families & the Community Opinion Keep Communication Lines Open
Candi Cushman
Education Analyst
Focus on the Family
Candi Cushman, January 4, 2013
3 min read
School Climate & Safety Opinion Be Consistent
Earl Perkins
Assistant Superintendent of School Operations
Los Angeles Unified School District
Earl Perkins, January 4, 2013
2 min read
Families & the Community Opinion Emphasize the Positive and Personal
Matt Cregor
Assistant Counsel
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Matt Cregor, January 4, 2013
3 min read
School Climate & Safety Opinion Build Relationships
Laurie Barron
Smokey Road Middle School, Newnan, Ga.
Laurie Barron, January 4, 2013
3 min read

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