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Climate is a necessary though not sufficient contributor to productive, robust learning environments. When done reliably and efficiently, measuring school climate can help improve schools’ vital signs and help state boards of education realize their goals and objectives for the system as a whole. Moreover, because it is as consequential to schools as checking heart rates and blood pressure are to humans, schools should always use climate measures for planning and continuous improvement. School climate data can be used appropriately as a metric for statewide accountability as well.


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






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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.





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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

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