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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SPARK Approach to Positive School Climate

Guide and toolkit for Sacramento's comprehensive school climate model which intertwines principles of restorative disciplinary practices, social and emotional learning, and PBIS. Includes details on school teaming and training.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

TAGS PBIS alternatives to suspension anti-bias board policies relationship skills SEL coaching for staff equity teacher training implementation plan restorative practices culture and climate building community student discipline integrate with district priorities youth voice



Resources for Identity Safe Classrooms

Resource library accompaniment to the book Identity Safe Classrooms, including resources on stereotype threat and identity safety, relationships, cultivating diversity as a resource, child-centered teaching, and caring environments.

SOURCE: External website

TAGS anti-bias toolkit relationship skills reading lists - staff equity culturally responsive culture and climate building community

SEL Learning Walk Observation Tool – Anchorage

Anchorage's handout for observers to take notes after visiting a classroom during a Learning Walk.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

TAGS model SEL schools school visit/observation tool conducting local SEL research classroom level culture and climate professional learning district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL

Principal Facilitation Strategies Guide: Large Group SEL Activities for Staff

Collection of activities to energize, build community, and practice social and emotional skills during professional development.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS culture and climate building community professional learning SEL leadership



Sample Schoolwide SEL 101 Presentation

This presentation can be adapted and used to introduce SEL to staff, families, and community partners. It gives an overview of what is SEL, why it’s important, and the process for schoolwide SEL. Talking points and activity instructions are provided in the notes section. Also available in Spanish.


TAGS three signature practices staff onboarding SEL overview classroom level culture and climate professional learning district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL SEL leadership

Enacting Social-Emotional Learning: Lessons from “Outlier Schools” in California’s CORE Districts

This research brief looks at the commonalities among California middle schools that reported stronger-than-typical social emotional learning outcomes. These 6 characteristics are elaborated into recommendations for school districts supporting SEL at scale.

SOURCE: California CORE Districts

TAGS model SEL schools implementation plan restorative practices advisory/homeroom community relations instructional practices culture and climate building community out of school student discipline

School Strengths Inventory

This strengths inventory will help a school-based SEL team determine which strategies are being used at all levels of schoolwide SEL: SEL curriculum & instruction, schoolwide practice & policies, and family & community-level partnerships.


TAGS needs and resources assessment conducting local SEL research continuous improvement PK-12 implementation monitoring implementation evaluation instructional practices classroom level culture and climate MTSS out of school student discipline youth voice


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