Improving School Climate

Improving School Climate by Building Faculty Trust and Collaboration


School leaders identify school safety as one of the most pressing challenges they face today. But how can you measure and address the factors related to school climate and safety and the effect it has on students?

At the beginning of the school year—and all throughout—take actions to make faculty feel supported, valued, and included in decision-making.

  • Have teachers and other staff members participate in decision making.
  • Ensure teachers feel supported by their principal, grade team leads, and one another.
  • Establish teams, working groups, and other collaborative initiatives in which teachers can plan, work, and revise approaches together.

Other strategies that can improve school climate include:

  • Involve Family and Community
  • Provide SEL: Social Emotional Learning
  • Focus on Equity
  • Revisit Student Discipline
  • Tap Student Voice and Leadership

Download Our eBook and Explore All Six Strategies

School climate has a critical impact on school success, but sometimes we don’t pay enough attention to school climate in comparison to other factors, like test scores.

This eBook focuses on new research from ACT experts that examines how school climate (student perceptions of school safety and relationships with school personnel) varies by school characteristics (e.g., school size, poverty concentration), as well as how school climate affects academic performance, absenteeism, and suspension from school.