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School Climate

Building a Positive School Culture to Combat Teacher Turnover

Teach Plus | Posted 11.29.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Kevin Cournoyer This is my ninth year of teaching and I have experienced six different principals. In companies or businesses, this would be calle...

School Climate Matters More Than Ever In Trump's America

Alicia Raia-Hawrylak | Posted 11.11.2016 | Education
Alicia Raia-Hawrylak

In the coming years, I will have to face the same dreaded challenge of explaining and comforting that so many parents and teachers faced the morning after the election. I will have to hope that my son's school is an inclusive and equitable safe space in a country that may not be.

From Common Core To Common Care: Helping School Communities Thrive

Kim Samuel | Posted 09.08.2016 | Impact
Kim Samuel

Being a teacher is more than just a job: It is a calling. Yet, for all their hopes, aspiration, and dedication, at least 17 percent of teachers leave the profession within the first five years.

States' Crucial Choice Under New Federal Education Law: Selecting the Best Survey to Measure and Improve School Quality

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 05.25.2016 | Education
Gary M. Ratner

By recently replacing the failed No Child Left Behind with Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Congress has created a huge opportunity for States. The...

Measuring School Quality: Non-Academic Measures in the Every Student Succeeds Act

Martin J. Blank | Posted 05.09.2016 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Martin J. Blank, President, Institute for Educational Leadership and Director, Coalition for Community Schools The education community is facing a to...

Why Good Schools Are Happy Places

Carrie Brennan | Posted 03.08.2016 | Education
Carrie Brennan

Schools with a healthy school culture tend to be mission-focused schools with a shared sense of purpose. The mission shows up in school-wide activities that are done well and consistently, like a daily morning meeting.

Open Letter to States and Localities: How to Implement "Every Student Succeeds" to Significantly Improve Low-achieving Schools

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 01.31.2017 | Education
Gary M. Ratner

For 15 years, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) increasingly cast a pall over American public schools. Its punitive, rigid and misconceived accountability s...

The Time Is Now: Bring Equal Protection to LGBT Youth

Desiree Sansing | Posted 07.02.2016 | Education
Desiree Sansing

As many continue to celebrate marriage equality, it's time to direct and extend our movement's focus to our LGBT youth, who are more likely to experience harassment and acts of violence while in school, yet are least likely to receive any help or support from administration.

True Grit: To Appreciate Teachers, Learn From Their Efforts

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 05.06.2016 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

Everyone knows teachers work hard, but do we ever take enough time to truly recognize the talents and achievements of our educators?

Morning Joe, Success Academy, Prisons, and Kids who wet their pants

Laurie Levy | Posted 06.14.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

What is it about the American character that makes so many buy into the notion that discipline, conformity, and punishment are as important in our schools as they are in our prisons? Why do we feel the need to be so strict with other people's children in our schools?

Restorative Justice Practices in Every Classroom

Ted Wachtel | Posted 06.04.2013 | Crime
Ted Wachtel

The data shows that restorative practices in schools have a remarkable positive impact when employed by everyone in the school.

Three Ways to Help 'Loners' and Improve School Safety

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Nancy Rappaport

Research consistently shows that building connections between and among students and teachers, teachers and administrators, and the school and parents makes schools safer and offers better support to those who are at risk of becoming isolated, bullied, and teased.

LGBTQ-Inclusive School Cultures: What's Policy Got To Do With It?

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Recently we published a blog addressing educator reactions to the presence of transgender children in elementary schools. Since then we have received requests for more specific information about our vision for proactive policies and practices. This is a response to those questions.

The Child Walking Through Schoolhouse Doors Enters a World

Sean Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

The current conversation may be linked to the issue of bullying; however, we should not assume that a positive school climate affects only a defined behavior or set of skills.