ERIC Number: ED338746
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Improving School Climate in an Urban Junior High School.
Lawson, Robert C.
The problem of poor school climate in an eighth- and ninth-grade center was addressed by the implementation of a school climate improvement project. The following are the primary goals of this practicum: (1) improve school attendance; (2) reduce out-of-school suspensions; and (3) improve student and teacher morale. To address these goals, a climate improvement program was designed for an urban school containing 900 students (45% Whites, 43% Blacks, and 11% Hispanic Americans), with the following components: (1) positive incentives for good attendance; (2) teacher empowerment; (3) positive comment logs for teachers; (4) displaying student work; (5) positive notes to parents; (6) Saturday work detail; and (7) after school work detail. Implementation involved teachers, administrators, and other school staff. The climate improvement project reduced out-of-school suspensions by 27%, improved daily attendance by 6%, and improved student and teacher morale. Appendices contain the following: (1) the attendance notification letter; (2) the student-of-the-week nomination form; (3) the lead team invitation letter; (4) the teacher comment log; (5) the Saturday work detail notification form; and (6) the teacher and student motivation questionnaires created for use in the study. Three figures illustrate the discussion. A list of 13 references is included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Attendance, Black Students, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Hispanic Americans, Improvement Programs, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Student Attitudes, Suspension, Teacher Morale, Urban Schools, White Students
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.