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May 2020Volume 20, No. 2
Gauging School Climate


Like their state counterparts, state boards must both respond to crises and plan ahead. A focus on creating the best possible learning for all will help educators, students, and families emerge from this crisis on a stronger footing. This issue of the State Education Standard underscores how hard it has been to build a healthy climate for learning in online settings, as school buildings across the country are shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Gauging School Climate



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Why School Climate Matters and What Can Be Done to Improve It

By Jennifer DePaoli and Linda Darling-Hammond

Educators’ abilities to forge strong relationships with students lie at the heart of strong schools.





School Climate and Measurement

By David Osher, Sam Neiman and Sandra Williamson

All schools should be using climate data, which can be used statewide for accountability, too.





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Why School Climate Matters for Teachers and Students

By Grace Falken and Matthew Kraft

Teachers in strong climates get better faster, stay longer, and propel their students to greater heights.





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School Discipline Reform Is Still Needed, but Is Discipline Policy Still the Solution?

By Kristen Harper

Addressing disparities requires a broader, deeper look at school culture, process, and practice.






Measures of SEL and School Climate in California

By Heather Hough and Taylor Allbright

CORE Districts plumb the possibilities of using holistic measures to improve schools.





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Creating Equitable School Climates

By Kori Hamilton Biagas, Philip Brown and Randy Ross

How states and districts are weaving equity into their efforts to improve climate.





Removing Barriers to LGBTQ Student Safety and Achievement

By Aaron Ridings

Comprehensive protections from bullying and harassment help everyone.





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What Learning and Developmental Science Says about Optimal Learning Environments

By Nora Gomperts and Pamela Cantor MD

We know what leads children toward healthy development. We just need to build it.







Opinion



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From the President’s Pen: Are You Ready?

By Robert Hull

When schools reopen, how ready will the education enterprise be to receive, support, encourage, and serve students?





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We the Media: Communicating in Times of Crisis

By Renée Rybak Lang

Effective, clear communications in uncertain times is critical—for parents, policymakers, and the public.





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NCOSEA Voice: Absenteeism: Ramifications for Students, Schools, and Parents

By Holly Farris

Schools, school boards, and parents must work collaboratively to ensure that all students, regardless of grade level, reap the benefits of being in the classroom.





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Student Voice: Students Can Help Create the Climate They Want to See

By Matthew Tibbitts

It is what we as leaders do with the data that matters.







Featured Items

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Five Questions State Boards Should Ask about Students’ Access to Physical Education

Despite most states requiring participation in physical education, a national survey finds access in K-12 schools is severely lacking. State leaders can improve access to physical education starting with these five questions.
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Preschool for All

The state role in early education keeps growing. This Standard details the ways that states have expanded access to quality preschool, the research that supports these efforts, and the growing pains these initiatives are likely to experience.
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Six Questions to Advance Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship

Adolescents consume a lot of screen media, which exposes them to potentially harmful media messages that impacts their physical, mental, and social well-being. Read how some states are equipping students with skills to navigate a complex media landscape.

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