School Climate

Students on BoardThe overall school environment usually sets the tone for student achievement, and schools that work to create a positive climate where all students and staff feel safe and valued are less likely to have incidents of bullying or harassment.

Additional Resources

School Climate Report: "Where We Learn"
NSBA's Council of Urban Boards of Education's first school climate report, "Where We Learn," reveals that more than 70 percent of the urban students surveyed say they enjoy learning at their school, and the majority of those surveyed also feel safe at their school site, and have the respect of their teachers.

School Climate Report: “Where We Teach”
"Where We Teach" is the second school climate survey report by NSBA’s Council of Urban Boards of Education and shares teacher and administrator perceptions about eight major themes — safety, professional development, expectations, bullying, professional climate, parental involvement, influence of race, and trust, respect, and ethos of caring.

School Climate Report: “What We Think”
"What We Think" is the third school climate survey report by NSBA’s Council of Urban Boards of Education that shares parent and family perceptions of seven major themes: parental involvement; expectations for success; safety; trust, respect, and ethos of caring; bullying; community welfare; and the importance of race.

Keeping Kids in School: What Research Tells Us about Preventing Dropouts
This document from NSBA's Center for Public Education gives tips on creating a more nurturing school environment and identifying and helping students who are at high risk of dropping out.

Sullivan County's Respect and Leadership Initiative
School officials in Sullivan County, Tenn., have used school climate surveys and data to inform and develop a Respect and Leadership initiative that focuses on student involvement to prevent bullying and harassment and foster a positive atmosphere in schools.

Safe Schools, Safe Communities
This NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys publication examines how schools and communities can work together to make our schools safe. Topics discussed include the need to balance school safety needs and the rights of individual students, how to deal with threats of violence, the role of the school attorney in response to violence, and how to work with the media in times of crisis. It also includes sample interagency agreements and sample policies.

Video: Keeping Kids in School
A video from NSBA's Center for Public Education’s Data First project demonstrates how to use data to identify potential dropouts and keep them in school.

School Organization: At a Glance
NSBA's Center for Public Education offers this primer on school organization and its impact on school climate.

Data First: Students Safety Data
Data shows that students who do not feel safe at school stay home and do not learn. NSBA's Center for Public Education has compiled research on student attendance and its relation to student learning.

Data First: Student Discipline Data
Like school safety, student discipline is an indicator of a healthy school climate. Data on suspensions and expulsions can also shed light on whether your students are being disciplined equitably. NSBA's Center for Public Education online data tool.

Data First: Student Attendance Data
Good schools are places where students want to be. High attendance rates are a sign of a welcoming school climate. NSBA's Center for Public Education online data tool.

"Making Your School Safe for LGBT Students," School Board News Today
The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) recommended four evidence-based strategies on addressing anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) bullying in schools at NSBA’s 2011 Annual Conference.

NSBA's President on Comcast Newsmakers Discussing School Climate and Bullying
Mary Broderick, 2011-2012 President of NSBA, appeared on Comcast Newsmakers in August 2011 to discuss school climate, bullying, and cyberbullying and unveiled "Students on Board: A Conversation Between School Board Members and Students."

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