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ERIC Number: ED338746
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Pages: 66
Abstractor: 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)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.