School Climate

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School Climate & Safety Opinion A World With Truly Safe Schools Is Possible
Human rights education can help end school shootings. Here’s how.
Rebecca Stephens, September 12, 2022
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School Climate & Safety Reported Essay Why Can't We Talk to Each Other Anymore?
Binary thinking is tearing the K-12 world apart. It doesn't have to be this way.
Kevin Bushweller, September 6, 2022
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Strong relationships between students and staff are essential to ensuring school safety concerns are reported in time to take action.
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School Climate & Safety How to Encourage Students to Report Threats
A RAND study examines how schools can encourage students to report threats so that action can be taken before something happens.
Lauraine Langreo, August 30, 2022
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School Climate & Safety How Supportive Are Schools of LGBTQ Kids? CDC Data Offer a Glimpse
With LGBTQ students at the center of political tensions, more than 4 in 10 secondary schools have a group to support those students.
Evie Blad, August 30, 2022
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Guy E. Rowe Elementary School teacher Lisa Cooper paints shelves in her kindergarten class at the Norway, Maine, school on Aug. 17, 2022. She and many other teachers and administrators are spending countless hours volunteering their time and using their own money to buy supplies and materials for their students and classrooms.
Guy E. Rowe Elementary School teacher Lisa Cooper paints shelves in her kindergarten class at the Norway, Maine, school on Aug. 17.
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School & District Management How to Re-Energize Teachers and Students This School Year
Educators shared suggestions on how schools can help students and teachers feel safe and connected.
Lauraine Langreo, August 19, 2022
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School & District Management Are Secondary School Principals and Their Students on the Same Page?
A new poll of secondary school principals and their students show some key differences in how they see school.
Denisa R. Superville, August 16, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention Letter to the Editor A Note of Appreciation
A retired administrator shares why it's so important to appreciate colleagues in this letter to the editor.
July 12, 2022
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School & District Management Why Principals Must Focus on SEL, School Climate Right Now
Principals need support in focusing on SEL, academic development, school climate, and community engagement, a new report argues.
Denisa R. Superville, June 30, 2022
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School & District Management What the Research Says The Interesting Effects 4-Day Weeks May Have on School Climate
Teenagers experienced less bullying and fighting but no effects on their attendance or grades, a study found.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 30, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion How School Can Make Students (and Teachers) Feel Dumb
Our brains don’t all work the same way, writes an English teacher who has long struggled with spelling.
Patrick O’Connor, June 28, 2022
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School Climate & Safety Opinion This Is What Happens to a Student’s Brain When Exposed to Gun Violence
Traumatized and hypervigilant brains cannot learn effectively, write a behavioral neuroscientist and a school psychologist.
Amanda M. Dettmer & Tammy L. Hughes, June 27, 2022
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School Climate & Safety From Our Research Center 'The World Feels Less Stable': Educators' Sense of School Safety Right Now
6 in 10 educators said a mass shooting by a student or outsider was their biggest source of fear.
Catherine Gewertz, June 23, 2022
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Student Well-Being Really Listening to Students Has an Academic Payoff, New Research Finds
When students see their schools as "responsive" to their feedback, they are likely to have better grades and attendance, new research finds.
Evie Blad, June 16, 2022
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