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School Climate

When students, staff, and visitors enter your campus, how do they feel? Read about creating a positive, welcoming, education-friendly climate in your school.
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A Feelings Walking Tour: Surveying Your School Culture and Climate

Maurice Elias describes how to take a symbolic walk through your school to gain insight and ideas for any necessary action or changes.

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The Responsive Classroom: "Why Is Everyone So Nice Here?"

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5 Questions That Promote Student Success in High-Poverty Schools

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Ditching the Desk

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5 Questions That Promote Student Success in High-Poverty Schools

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The Responsive Classroom: "Why Is Everyone So Nice Here?"

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Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

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Two adults work with groups of students in a classroom.
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Connecting a District With Flash Lessons

Flash lessons get administrators out of their offices and into classrooms—and can strengthen their connections with teachers.

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Justice Committee: Using Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflicts
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Justice Committee: Using Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflicts

Students at Pittsfield Middle High School are trained to mediate conflicts between their fellow students—and between students and teachers.

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A girl looks lonely in class as two peers look angry behind her.
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Rejecting the ‘Mean Girl’ Framework

Ideas for guiding girls toward positive interactions with each other.

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How Peer Pressure Undermines Success

Will students pass up academic help based on how their friends feel? A new study suggests they will.

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Using No-Agenda Meetings Effectively

“No agenda” doesn’t mean “no purpose”—these meetings foster innovation and open discussion among district leaders.

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Biased Discipline at My School

A public high school administrator recounts the moment she recognized that her teachers disciplined black and white students differently.

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7 Easy Ways to Improve School-Wide Communication

Surprisingly simple ideas to improve communication, from informal teacher huddles to professional culture surveys.

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A large, studentless classroom, with large blue bouncy balls, sofa chairs, folding chairs, a tent, crates, mats, and other unique furniture.
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Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

I'm a firm believer in keeping the focus on what's really important: the students. If student motivation and higher engagement is truly the desired end game, then we as teachers must adapt right along with our students in our classrooms.

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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

Emphasize the obvious, keep things fresh, and be honest. Showing students that it pays to behave and respecting them as individuals greatly enhance classroom management.

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Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need
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Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

At Albemarle County Public Schools, flexible classrooms empower student choice, increase student engagement, and improve student participation.

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Behavior Expectations and How to Teach Them

Instead of assigning disciplinary consequences when students don't meet behavior expectations, why not deal them as we would deal with academic failures and missteps?

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Preparing for Cultural Diversity: Resources for Teachers

How can teachers prepare for diverse classrooms? There isn't a definitive answer, but there is a wealth of resources online. Discover some helpful links for teachers.

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Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools

Explore resources and case studies that demonstrate how to bring restorative justice to your school or classroom.

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Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning
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Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning

At Symonds Elementary, teachers use morning meetings to develop valuable social-emotional skills, create a culture of respect and trust, and prepare students to learn.

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