Improving School Climate

Improving School Climate by Revisiting Student Discipline

One way is by revisiting student discipline. Remember: You are teaching a student something every time they’re disciplined—for better or worse. We need to restore discipline as instruction, first and foremost.

  • Recognize discipline as instruction.
  • Explore, adapt, and implement restorative justice procedures.
  • Collect and use data about discipline inequities.

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.