Improving School Climate

Improving School Climate by Tapping Student Voice & Leadership

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?

One way is by tapping into student voice and leadership resources. Ensure students feel heard and respected. If you’re conducting student surveys, return the information to the students. Make them a part of the process. Ask students to be involved in the positive change you want to see.

  • Genuinely respect and heed student input and perception data. Demonstrate responsiveness.
  • Empower and respect student leadership.
  • Ask students to generate, review, and help implement strategies for key challenges.

Other strategies that can improve school climate include:

  • Involve Family and Community
  • Build Faculty Trust and Collaboration
  • Provide SEL: Social Emotional Learning
  • Focus on Equity
  • Revisit Student Discipline

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.