8 Aspects of a Positive School Climate & Culture

Oct 09 3PM
8 Aspects of a Positive School Climate & Culture

What is school culture and climate?

The term "school culture" is often used interchangeably with "school climate" and "school environment," but the general meaning of all terms are students', parents' and school personnel's experience of school life and its associated norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures (according to the National School Climate Center).

A growing body of research has examined how these factors influence student learning. According to a school culture survey, almost 90% of teachers at schools with strong instructional cultures feel that their school sets higher standards compared to only about half at low-performing schools, and that they can track student progress towards goals compared to only 56% in the bottom quartile schools.

→ Download our research brief to learn the 4 major elements needed for school culture to positively impact K-12 academic achievement

At Kickboard, we're always on the lookout for credible studies focused on the link between positive school culture and academics, interventions, and overall student success. In the spirit of getting us all on the same page, and sharing the results of some wonderful studies on the matter, below are 8 aspects of a positive school culture on which many researchers agree.

What are the core aspects to improving your school's climate and culture:

  1. Positive teacher-student interactions.
  2. Students who feel safe, connected, and engaged.
  3. Policies promoting social, emotional, ethical, civic and intellectual skills, knowledge, dispositions, and engagement, plus a comprehensive system to address barriers to learning and teaching in order to reengage students who may veer off-track.
  4. Clear, appropriate, and consistent expectations and consequences to address disruptive student behaviors.
  5. Parental involvement.
  6. Collaborative relationships between the school leader and faculty as well as between faculty members.
  7. Focus on learning and high expectations for student achievement.
  8. Decreased teacher turnover and increased teacher satisfaction (the students can see this!)

How many of these aspects does your school(s) exhibit every day? Check out our research brief to learn more valuable insights plus facts and figures from 14 key studies on this topic!

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