College and Career Readiness

Comprehensive System of Learning Supports

Equal attention to Learning Supports is essential so that:
  • Every student will demonstrate academic achievement and be prepared for success after high school;
  • Every student will be supported by highly prepared and effective teachers and school leaders; and
  • Every school will offer a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

School Climate

“School climate refers to the quality and character of school life. It is based on patterns of school life experiences and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching, learning and leadership practices and organizational structures” (National School Climate Council). It plays a role in:
  • the adoption of new practices;
  • large transformational changes;
  • social and emotional learning;
  • the prevalence of mental health issues
  • the prevalence of school violence and bullying;
  • academic success;
  • teacher attrition; and
  • much more.
According to the National School Climate Center, most researchers agree that the essential school climate areas of focus include:

  • Safety (e.g. rules and norms; physical safety; social-emotional safety);
  • Relationships (e.g. respect for diversity; school connectedness/engagement; social support– adults; social support – students; leadership);
  • Teaching and Learning (e.g. social, emotional, ethical and civic learning; support for learning; professional relationships); and
  • the Institutional Environment (e.g. physical surrounding).

School Climate Resources