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ERIC Number: ED544300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
Designing School Improvement to Enhance Classroom Climate for All Students. A Center Report
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA
Everyone agrees that schools should ensure a positive school climate. Less agreement exists, however, about what this means and how to accomplish it. This is especially so when the call is for developing a safe and supportive environment that also is nurturing and caring and that provides all students with an equal opportunity to succeed. Equity concerns are heightened when schools are viewed using the lens of how they interface with students who are struggling academically, acting out, and experiencing conflictual relationships with school staff and peers. Findings suggest that general strategies designed to enhance school climate often are insufficient for changing the perceptions of such students. This report draws on recent literature to briefly (1) discuss the construct of school climate and (2) outline ways to approach improving school climate that account for the full range of students enrolled in a school. Two appendices are included: (1) A Few Examples to Illustrate School Climate Research Findings; and (2) Programs Organized into Six Arenas Reflecting the Activity's Content. (Contains 4 exhibits and 3 notes.)
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA. Department of Psychology, Franz Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California, Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools