ERIC Number: ED262453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Positive School Environment.
Zepka, William E.
The environment or climate of a school is determined by more than its physical characteristics. Among the other factors affecting school environment are the school's philosophy, students, communications, teachers, discipline, parents, support services, issuance of awards, and special programs. A positive school environment can be fostered by establishing a school philosophy stressing that children come first and emphasizing love, pride, and the encouragement of pluralism. Student activities that focus on students' social and emotional growth help support a positive environment. Such activities include student government, student safety patrols, special recognition events, and opportunities for student involvement in school operations. Maintaining awareness of the school's interest in the students and the availability of activities is a primary role of internal communications. Teachers can be involved professionally and socially in efforts to enhance the environment. Finally, parents, parent-teacher organizations, and community supporters can all become active in developing positive attitudes toward the school. (PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (Denver, CO, March 30-April 3, 1985).