Improving School Climate

Improving School Climate by Focusing on Equity


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?

When students feel a bias against them, or that their voice isn’t being heard, it creates inequity, which leads to unsafe feelings. By increasing equity, you’ll in turn support school climate in a positive manner.

  • Diversify faculty and administration.
  • Leverage student, family, and community assets.
  • Audit school equity and inclusion using data.

Other strategies that can improve school climate include:

  • Involve Family and Community
  • Build Faculty Trust and Collaboration
  • Provide SEL: Social Emotional Learning
  • 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.