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ERIC Number: ED523459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 184
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4129-9268-8
Transforming School Climate and Learning: Beyond Bullying and Compliance
Preble, Bill; Gordon, Rick
Most educators agree that children learn better in an honoring and respectful culture. They also know that top-down imposed change rarely sticks. In "Transforming School Climate and Learning", Bill Preble and Rick Gordon show how to accomplish lasting results by engaging both teachers and students in the five-step SafeMeasures[TM] process, a collaborative action research model that involves: (1) Establishing a school improvement team that includes teachers and student leaders; (2) Collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative school climate data; (3) Using data to develop school climate and learning improvement goals; (4) Developing a culture that will dramatically improve school climate and student engagement; and (5) Implementing formative assessment for continuous improvement. This innovative and proven program is aligned to U. S. Department of Education school climate improvement initiatives. Each chapter features success stories from real schools, strategies and an implementation activity, and book study questions that help all participants transform both their school climate and student learning. Following a foreword by Raymond J. McNulty, and an introduction, this book contains the following chapters: (1) School Climate: The Heart and Soul of a School; (2) The SafeMeasures Process: A Student-Led, Collaborative Action Research Process; (3) Stage One: Everyone Is a Leader: Empowering Students and Teachers; (4) Stage Two: Including All Voices: School Climate Data Collection; (5) Stage Three: Thinking Together: Data Analysis and Goal Setting; (6) Stage Four: Making Change Happen: Action Planning and Project Development; (7) Stage Four Specifics: Action Projects to Promote Respectful Teaching and Learning; (8) Stage Five: Moving Forward Together: Sustainability and Continuous Improvement; and (9) The Road Ahead: Transforming School Climate and Learning. Appended are: (1) From Violence to Empowerment: A Respect Continuum; (2) Sample School Climate Data Summary; and (3) Example of Student Goals and Evidence of Need: Elementary School Data (Grades 3-6). References and an index are also provided.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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