Creating Equitable School Climates
School climate is an imprecise but useful metaphor. The authors of this piece believe it is time to expand the term to reflect an intention of giving all children access to positive school environments. Their expanded definition recognizes that equitable school climates are central to education equity, and it calls on educators and policymakers to deepen awareness of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and geographic differences
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