Culture and Climate

School climate is the “quality and character of school life” based on how members of the school community experience school and the school’s “norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching, learning and leadership practices, and organizational structures” (Reference: National School Climate Council).

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Indicators of Schoolwide SEL

When fully implemented, schoolwide SEL contributes to more successful and equitable outcomes for young people, and is evidenced by the following indicators.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS model SEL schools culture and climate

School Climate Survey for Families

Sacramento City Unified School District used this 2 page survey to gather family members' perspectives about school culture, equity, and the quality of interactions with school staff. It has been translated into 5 other languages at www.scusd.edu/post/2019-school-climate-survey-families.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

TAGS family partnerships community relations culture and climate family and community engagement

Managing with the Brain in Mind

David Rock's SCARF model describes five key factors of job satisfaction and productivity that are rooted in the quality of relationships and communication among adults

SOURCE: Research Journal

TAGS culture and climate building community SEL leadership

How Do Principals Influence Student Achievement?

This research brief from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research shows that administrators who successfully move the needle on student achievement most often do so through the lever of school climate and staff collaboration.

SOURCE: University/Nonprofit Research Institution

TAGS culture and climate SEL leadership

SEL In Action In A Classroom (Video)

5th grade students and their teacher speak about what SEL means to them and how it plays out in their classroom through everyday practices and interactions.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

TAGS SEL and Academic Integration videos teacher training model SEL schools elementary school grades instructional practices classroom level culture and climate building community youth voice

Three Signature Practices handout for summer school staff

Handout used to introduce summer school staff to the 3 Signature SEL practices, with examples, alignment with existing priorities, and additional prompts for building community in a summer school setting.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

TAGS mindfulness three signature practices teacher tool social awareness self awareness instructional practices culture and climate building community

Three Signature Practices handout for adults

Handout summarizing the 3 Signature SEL Practices and examples of each, adapted to turn the focus to the way adults interact with one another in the workplace, how they learn, and how to set up the learning environment to maximize engagement and growth.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

TAGS three signature practices teacher tool SEL coaching for staff culture and climate building community professional learning SEL leadership

Three Signature Practices handout for challenging times in classrooms

Additional prompts for openings and closings are added to the standard 3 Signature Practices handout to place a greater focus on communication, trust, and connection during times students feel stressed, anxious, troubled, or other times when the classroom community needs a boost.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

TAGS mindfulness three signature practices teacher tool social awareness self awareness instructional practices culture and climate building community

Three Signature Practices handout for classroom teachers

Handout summarizing the 3 Signature SEL Practices, examples of each, and alignment with SEL competencies and school priorities.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

TAGS mindfulness three signature practices teacher tool social awareness self awareness instructional practices culture and climate building community

Oakland’s 3 Signature Practices summary video

This short video describes the 3 Signature SEL practices and how they are relevant for adult learning and community building, during both professional learning and at staff meetings.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

TAGS Adult SEL three signature practices teacher tool SEL coaching for staff culture and climate building community professional learning SEL leadership

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