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 - Safety

Students’ sense of safety in schools impacts student learning and healthy development. Many students, however, do not feel safe in school due to the violence and verbal bullying that they experience on a regular basis.

In order to improve safety, schools should:

  • review and possibly modify district discipline policies to ensure that they are fair and do not negatively impact school climate;
  • communicate and consistently enforce behavioral expectations;
  • model social, emotional, and behavioral competencies;
  • teach SEL skills;
  • provide opportunities for students to practice social, emotional, and behavioral competencies; and
  • utilize environmental design strategies such as:
  • natural surveillance;
  • controlling access in and out of school buildings; and
  • conveying ownership of school grounds by maintaining the property and utilizing signs.
Effective approaches to address misbehavior and promote positive behavior exist such as:


ISBE Tools/Resources