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  • July/August 2017
  • Vol. 18, No. 5

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School Climate Improvement Resource Package

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments has developed the School Climate Improvement Resource Package (SCIRP) to help schools and districts improve educational environments for students. Research has shown that students are more likely to engage in the curriculum, develop positive relationships, and demonstrate positive behaviors when they are in an environment that is safe, supportive, accepting, and conducive to learning and thriving.

This resource package is divided into six parts:

  • Quick Guide on Making School Climate Improvements provides district and school leaders and other members of the education community with activities to help initiate, implement, and sustain improvements to the school climate. Activities include planning; engaging stakeholders; collecting, analyzing, and reporting school-climate data; identifying and implementing interventions; and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Reference Manual on Making School Climate Improvements provides detailed information, action steps, and objectives for the activities mentioned in the quick guide.
  • School Climate Improvement Action Guides were designed to provide action steps on how to support school-climate improvements as well as examples of school environments that have successfully implemented improvements; tips for avoiding pitfalls; and questions that help school leaders, staff, families, students, and community partners engage in the improvement process.
  • School Climate Data Interpretation Resources were designed to help states, districts, and schools interpret school climate data from survey findings, translate the data into action, and communicate with those who promote data-driven decision-making for school climate improvement.
  • School Climate Improvement Online Modules are interactive activities that help those involved in the improvement process engage leadership and other stakeholders, analyze school climate data, and identify evidence-based programs.
  • Two self-assessment tools are included. The "SCIRP Customization Tool" helps determine the resource package items that would be most helpful for a particular school or district. The "School Climate Improvement Self-Assessment and Action Planner" helps those who are working to improve their school climate assess how well their programs are doing, the pitfalls that may be hindering their success, and next steps.

The SCIRP is available at https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/scirp/about.
 

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