Why School Climate Matters and What Can Be Done to Improve It
A positive school climate—where students feel a sense of safety and belonging and where relational trust prevails— improves academic achievement, test scores, grades, and engagement and helps reduce the negative effects of poverty on academic achievement. To bring about such environments, teachers, paraprofessionals, and school and district leaders must be prepared to create the school and classroom structures that encourage secure relationships.
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Addressing disparities requires a broader, deeper look at school culture, process, and practice.
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