Tools and Resources
Knowledge and Strategies to Guide Our Work
Below, please find a collection of tools, articles, guides, and more with topics ranging from school climate frameworks to social-emotional learning, to implementation science and data-based decision making.
Our goal is to provide a depth and variety of resources to support your school climate initiatives and ongoing professional learning. If there is a specific resource or topic you’re interested in seeing more of, please let us know!
Defining School Climate
“School climate is a broad, multifaceted concept that involves many aspects of the student’s educational experience. A positive school climate is the product of a school’s attention to fostering safety; promoting a supportive academic, disciplinary, and physical environment; and encouraging and maintaining respectful, trusting, and caring relationships throughout the school community no matter the setting.”
School climate impacts the ability of staff and students to focus on the tasks of teaching and learning. When students feel safe and supported, they can engage
and best demonstrate their strengths and abilities. However, the reverse is also true: unsafe and unsupportive environments often yield to challenging behavior, lost instructional time, decreased attendance and disengagement.
For more on school climate and why it’s important, visit the National School Climate Center.
New York’s Commitment to School Climate and Safety
The New York State Education Department is committed to promoting safe and supportive environments for students, staff, and families.
Through legislation such as Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (Project SAVE) and the Dignity for All Students Act, policies have been enacted to reduce incidents of violence, bullying, harassment, and discrimination. NYSED continues to provide guidance, resources, and/or professional development opportunities to support the implementation of best practices in school climate and safety.
For more information, visit NYSED’s Student Support Services.
Measuring School Climate
Measuring perceptions of school climate can be beneficial and informative. School climate data may shed light on:
perceptions of the school environment
areas of strength and/or need
support decision-making around interventions
illustrate differences in perceptions among stakeholders
guide action planning to build capacity, scale up and sustain
Combined with other data sources (e.g. attendance, discipline, academic performance), measures of school climate can help us see the “big picture.”
For a list of school climate survey instruments, visit the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments.