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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.

  • How White Teachers Can Support BIPOC Colleagues

    A few ways to deepen relationships with peers who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
    Keenan Lee
  • How to Improve Students With Disabilities’ Sense of Belonging

    By focusing on play, schools are finding ways to bring students with and without disabilities together, to the benefit of both groups.
  • Increasing Teachers’ Effectiveness—Without Causing Burnout

    An elementary school principal explains how he prioritized professional development for teachers by embedding it in the master schedule.
  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
  • The Power of Relationships in Schools

    Research shows that students who feel safe and supported by adults at school are better able to learn.
  • A Daily Support System for Students

    Students who need extra social and emotional support have a quick check-in with an adult at the start and end of each day.
  • 4 Ways to Celebrate High School Graduation This Year

    With coronavirus school closures extending into the fall, districts are coming up with clever alternatives to give seniors the graduation ceremony they deserve.
  • Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

    How a visit to Starbucks inspired a change to flexible seating—and then some changes in teaching philosophy.
    Kayla Dornfeld
  • 19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

    Successful classroom management relies on a handful of fundamental strategies and a larger number of quick interventions.
  • 60-Second Strategy: TUMS at the Door

    A simple greeting at the door forges a strong teacher-student bond.
  • The How and Why of Trauma-Informed Teaching

    In an extraordinary Twitter chat, educators discuss building trauma-informed social and emotional learning environments.
  • As Teen Stress Increases, Teachers Look for Answers

    Seventy percent of teens say stress is a major problem. Research backs that up—and teachers are beginning to offer solutions.
  • Creating a Dedicated Space for Reflection

    Providing students with a quiet spot where they can calm themselves in times of stress helps them develop self-regulation.
  • 6 Strategies for Building Better Student Relationships

    A teacher shares her best practices for establishing strong relationships with her class at the start of the school year.
  • Supporting Students With Chronic Trauma

    De-escalation strategies can help prevent students’ emotional outbursts, and aid them and their peers in finding calm after one.