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 - Teaching and Learning

School climates that promote cooperative learning, group cohesion, respect and mutual trust improve learning environments. Establishing relational trust is foundational to creating a positive school climate. Relational trust is high in schools that demonstrate the following behaviors:

  • genuine listening to what each person has to say and taking other people’s views into account in subsequent actions;
  • when disagreements occur, opinions are respected;
  • people extending themselves beyond the formal requirements of a job definition or a union contract;
  • transparency;
  • reaching out to others;
  • competency in core role responsibilities; and
  • follow through on commitments.
School climate is positively impacted when teachers:

  • attend to the students’ social and emotional well-being through direct skill instruction and modeling SELcompetencies;
  • utilize personal student data which encompass each student’s learning style to inform teaching practices and meet the individual and collective needs of the students in his/her classroom; and
  • provide students with opportunities to apply classroom lessons to real life situations (e.g., authentic projects that embrace collaborative learning with a civic mission).