Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

School Culture / Climate



NJCCC – Successful School Guidelines

Summary:  The New Jersey Culture and Climate Coalition has developed a set of Successful School Guidelines which are based on the National School Climate Council’s Standards.  These guidelines provide actions that will help schools improve aspects of their culture and climate.

Source:  NJCCC, 2014

Categories: SEL Basics, School Culture and Climate, Course Resources



NJCCC – What is school culture and climate and why is it important?

Summary:  The New Jersey Culture and Climate Coalition is a group representing organizations throughout New Jersey concerned with promoting a positive school culture and climate for all students.  This post shares some common definitions of culture and climate and some research findings supporting the importance of a positive school climate for all.

Source: New Jersey Culture and Climate Coalition, 2013

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



How Teachers Can Make Caring More Common

Summary: Five tangible steps to foster a climate of mutual respect and caring the classroom…

Source: Lory Hough, Usable Knowledge, August 25, 2014

Categories:  Core Values, SEL Basics, School Culture and Climate



Are You a Relevant Educator?

Summary:  This article speaks about a new how-to book by Tom Whitby and Steven Anderson called The Relevant Educator.  It is part of the Corwin Press Connected Educator Series and delves into the use of technology and social media to help teachers (and administrators) remain relevant.

Source: Peter DeWitt, Education Week September 9, 2014

Categories: Classroom Practice, School Culture and Climate, Social Media



A School Isn’t About Teaching Subjects, It’s About Teaching Children!

Summary:  This inspirational message talks about the importance of nurturing children’s social emotional side as well as the academic.  Breslin cautions against placing too much emphasis on test-taking at the expense of a more balanced approach to how we define student success.

Source: by Frank Breslin, Retired high school teacher. Huffington Post, August 29, 2014

Categories: Emotional Intelligence, School Culture and Climate, Core Values



2013 Caring High School Climate Award Video

Summary: Willow Glen High School is a multiethnic, multilingual, academically and socially diverse school of more than 1,600 students. The staff and students strive to create an inclusive, caring climate that nurtures understanding and respect among all students, so they can achieve academic and personal success.

Source: Project Cornerstone

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



Shaping School Culture

Summary: Share the secrets for success of principals in seven high-achieving, high-poverty urban middle level schools.

Source: By Ali Callicotte Picucci, Amanda Brownson, Rahel Kahlert, and Andy Sobel. Principal Leadership, December 2002

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



School Climate Research Summary – January 2010

Summary: Over the past two decades, researchers and educators have increasingly recognized the importance of K-12 school climate. This summary builds on our 2009 school climate research summary (Cohen, McCabe, Michelli, & Pickeral, 2009) and details how school climate is associated with and/or promotes safety, healthy relationships, engaged learning and teaching and school improvement efforts.

Source: Center for Social and Emotional Education, School Climate Brief, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 2010

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



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