Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

School Culture / Climate



A Resource and Promising Practices Guide for School Administrators & Faculty

Summary:  Establishing and sustaining a school environment free of harassment, bullying, and discrimination should involve an examination of a school’s climate and culture. School climate and culture have a profound impact on student achievement, behavior, and reflects the school community’s culture.  This article outlines some basic information about school climate and culture and also sets out various dimensions of school culture.

Source:  New York State Education Department

Categories:  SEL Basics, School Climate and Culture, SEL 101 Course Resource



School Culture and Climate defined…

Summary:  The New Jersey School Culture and Climate Coalition adopted some general definitions  which would help to guide discussion about School Culture and Climate.  Some relevant research is also cited which supports the importance of working to improve culture and climate in our schools.

Source:  New Jersey Culture and Climate Coalition

Categories:  SEL Basics, School Culture and Climate



Successful School Guidelines from NJ Culture and Climate Coaliton

Summary:  This set of guidelines is designed to help schools make improvements in school culture and climate.  They are based on the Standards developed by the National School Climate Council and provide actionable steps to guide school improvement.

Source:  New Jersey School Culture and Climate Coalition

Categories:  SEL 101 Course Resource, School Culture and Climate, SEL Basics



Create a Positive School Culture with Emotional Intelligence

Summary:  This video suggests that EQ provides a pathway to improving school culture.

Source:  Susan McNamara, Six Seconds

Categories:  Emotional Intelligence, School Culture and Climate



Let’s Put Caring Into the Common Core

Summary:  This article from the February 2014 NJEA Review speaks about the importance of considering the social-emotional domain and the classroom environment.

Source: Maurice J. Elias, Rutgers University

Castegories: Classroom Practice, School Culture and Climate, Student Engagement



Anti-Bullying Task Force publishes 2014 Interim Report

Summary:  The NJ Anti-Bullying Task Force released its 2014 Interim Report.

Source:  NJ Anti-Bullying Task Force

Categories: Anti-Bullying, SEL Basics, School Culture and Climate



A Feelings Walking Tour: Surveying Your School Culture and Climate

Summary:  You can learn a lot about the culture and climate of your school by taking a symbolic walk-through of the building.

Source:  Maurice Elias

Categories:  School Culture and Climate, SEL Basics