School Climate

School Climate & Safety Spotlight Spotlight on Safe Reopening
In this Spotlight, review how your district can strategically apply its funding, and how to help students safely bounce back, plus more.

June 17, 2021
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Teaching Profession Is It Time to Relax Teacher Dress Codes?
After teaching at home in comfortable clothes, some school and district leaders support casual attire for teachers returning to classrooms.
Elizabeth Heubeck, May 21, 2021
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New research suggests such surveillance systems may increase discipline disparities.
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School Climate & Safety What the Research Says 'High-Surveillance' Schools Lead to More Suspensions, Lower Achievement
Cameras, drug sweeps, and other surveillance increase exclusionary discipline, regardless of actual student misbehavior, new research finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 21, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion Want to Tackle Learning Loss? First Listen to Your Students
The key to learning is the experience students have in school, and they are the experts on that.
Max Silverman, March 9, 2021
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Centering BIPOC Student Voices and Experiences in Your School District’s Equity Work
“Every child has a right to feel loved and cared for and to feel they belong to a community,” says Elena Aguilar in Coaching for Equity (2020). By asking students to reflect on their experiences
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Teaching Opinion Being a Teacher Means Talking About Sensitive Social Issues. Here's How
You can set the stage for conversations that benefit all students, writes a team of researchers and practitioners.
Laura Brady, Stephanie A. Fryberg, Hazel Rose Markus, Camilla Griffiths, Jenny Yang, Perla Rodriguez & Laura Mannen-Martínez, February 9, 2021
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Incorporating SEL, Climate, & Culture into School Improvement and Accountability in 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the nation’s mental health and equity concerns, has accelerated the shift in the accountability landscape. As we move beyond test scores to a more holistic picture of students and school
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School Climate & Safety Online Summit Getting School Climate Right—A Guide for Principals
Learn from school climate experts, principals, and others about how to establish school climate best practices, and more.
December 15, 2020
Dawn Brooks-Decosta is the principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School in the Bronx.
Dawn Brooks-Decosta is the principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School in the Bronx.
Kirsten Luce
Special Report Getting School Climate Right: A Guide for Principals
Understand the key features of a healthy school climate and concrete ideas for how to create the conditions in which all students and staff can flourish.
October 14, 2020
School & District Management Editor's Note
Read about key features of a healthy and inclusive school climate and steps to make it a reality. See how principals and teachers view climate in their own schools.
Lesli A. Maxwell, October 13, 2020
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Dawn Brooks-DeCosta is the principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School in New York City. The school has a strong social justice mission, rigorous curriculum, and commitment to celebrating Black excellence
Dawn Brooks-DeCosta is the principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School in New York City. The school has a strong social justice mission, rigorous curriculum, and commitment to celebrating Black excellence
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School & District Management To Root Out Racism in Schools, Start With Who You Hire
The teachers that principals hire is one of the most powerful levers for turning schools into anti-racist institutions.
Denisa R. Superville, October 13, 2020
11 min read
Mashea Ashton, principal and founder of Digital Pioneers Academy, drops in to different Zoom classes to see how students and teachers are doing.
Mashea Ashton, principal and founder of Digital Pioneers Academy, drops in to different Zoom classes to see how students and teachers are doing.
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School & District Management 5 Ways Principals Can Establish a Strong School Climate
Recommendations for leaders on making schools feel safe, welcoming, and uplifting whether learning is in person or remote.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 13, 2020
11 min read
Mashea Ashton, principal and founder of Digital Pioneers Academy in Washington, D.C., interacts with colleagues remotely from her Virginia home.
Mashea Ashton, principal and founder of Digital Pioneers Academy in Washington, D.C., interacts with colleagues remotely from her Virginia home.
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School & District Management The Essential Traits of a Positive School Climate
A breakdown of four key features of a healthy school culture and how principals can build and sustain them.
Arianna Prothero, October 13, 2020
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Special Report Big Ideas for Confronting Racism in Education
There’s no single solution for combating anti-Black racism in schools. That’s why we filled an entire special report on the subject.
September 23, 2020