George Lucas Educational Foundation

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.

  • A Two-Step Process for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism

    Getting students back in the building is just step one—next comes fostering a positive school climate so that they want to stay.
    Maurice J. Elias
  • Supporting LGBTQ Students in Elementary School

    Three strategies elementary school teachers can use to foster a sense of inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students.
  • Supporting Families to Boost Students’ Success

    Addressing the financial, social, and emotional wellness of preschoolers’ families supports the students’ progress in school.
  • The Power of Relationships in Schools

    Research shows that students who feel safe and supported by adults at school are better able to learn.
  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
  • 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.
  • The How and Why of Trauma-Informed Teaching

    In an extraordinary Twitter chat, educators discuss building trauma-informed social and emotional learning environments.
    Alex Shevrin Venet
  • 60-Second Strategy: TUMS at the Door

    A simple greeting at the door forges a strong teacher-student bond.
  • 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.
  • 19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

    The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, "Sign o' the Times." That song was an apt musical backdrop for the lives of my students, most of whom lived in poverty and challenged me daily. Fortunately, classroom order improved when I learned that successful classroom management depends on conscientiously executing a few big strategies and a lot of little ones.
  • 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.
  • Bringing the Science of Learning Into Classrooms

    Years of research prompt a group of scientists to ask whether we should rethink the way we do school.
  • 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.
  • Weekly Circles for Students and Faculty

    See what happens when students and faculty participate in regular meetings to build trust and promote deeper learning.
  • Helping High Schoolers Manage Emotions

    De-escalation spaces allow students to leave stressful situations or interactions so they can process their emotions and then return to learning.