School Climate: Why Is It Important?

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Aired on: January 10th, 2012

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Our Guest(s) This Week

Terry Pickeral

Terry Pickeral is the president of Cascade Educational Consultants providing leadership in: youth engagement, school climate, service-learning, civic development, education policy, state and district leadership and other practices to sustain quality education reform focused on equitable student and community engagement. He has worked with students from high-risk environments and those marginalized from quality education experiences. He is a senior consultant to the National Center for School Climate, the co-chair of the National School Climate Center, and a senior educational consultant with Special Olympics Project UNIFY.

This Week's Topic

Participants will be exploring the importance of school climate in dropout prevention and school improvement. School climate is the quality and character of school life.  It is reflected in the values, norms, beliefs and behaviors of students and adults engaged in education.  Research consistently demonstrates the impact of school climate on student development and performance as well as social, emotional, intellectual and physical safety; positive youth development, mental health, and healthy relationships; higher graduation rates; school connectedness and engagement; academic achievement; social, emotional and civic learning; teacher retention; and effective school reform.


Presentation Slides  pdf

50-State School Climate and Bullying Prevention Policies(2011).

Cascade Educational Consultants(2011).

Climate Is Not Just About the Weather(2011).

Pittman, K., Martin, S., & Williams, A. (2007).  Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change  pdfThe Forum for Youth Investment.

Engaging the Public in Public Education  pdf(2011).

National School Climate Center Resources that Support School Climate Reform Climate Reform  pdf(2011).

School Climate Guide for District Policymakers and Education Leaders  pdf(2010).

School Climate Implementation Road Map(2011).

School Climate Standards  pdf(2010).

School Climate Through Students’ Eyes(2010).

Special Olympics Project UNIFY  pdf(2011).

The National School Climate Council(2011).

Understanding School Climate(2011).

Pickeral, T. (2011).  Understanding the Continuum of Youth Involvement


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