Students on Board

In the pressure of budget cuts and student test scores, it can be hard to focus on something as seemingly secondary as school climate. But we all know that what’s important is not always urgent. School climate is important.

We know this because of the work done by National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education. In their analysis of the research, they’ve found ample evidence that feeling welcomed and connected to school can have a huge impact on student achievement. That’s why our Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) conducted extensive surveys on school climate, and why NSBA’s The Key Work of School Boards emphasizes: “Students cannot learn in chaos, fear, or embarrassment.” It also says, “If you really want to know what people feel about their schools, ask them.”

Together with Pearson Foundation, we have put together this toolkit to guide you through one of the best ways to gauge school climate: talking to students. Honest conversations with students can be the quickest way you can move toward practical steps to sustain or improve school climate.

Download the brochure (pdf) "Students on Board:  A Conversation Between School Board Members and Students"

Why School Climate is Important (ppt). Set the stage for the Students on Board conversation with this look at the impact school climate has on student learning and engagement.


Looking for more information? See what’s Inside Students on Board on the right.

Additional Resources

Pearson Foundation’s Million Voice Project
The Pearson Foundation’s Million Voice Project Grant Program analyzes the perceptions of young people to provide educators with detailed student data that can be used to improve teaching and learning.

Download Brochure PDF: Students on Board: A Conversation Between School Board Members and Students

Share Your Reflections
Submit your reflections about Students on Board conversations.

Download the Powerpoint: Students on Board with School Climate Data

School Climate Resources
The 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.

Addressing School Bullying
School boards are dedicated to providing a safe learning environment, and to preventing and eliminating bullying and harassment in public schools. Learn about information and resources for school leaders to create a positive school climate for all students.

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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