School Climate

Is your school a place where adults learn and work together in meaningful ways?

Communication, Collaboration and Conflict Mediation

While much of the focus on school climate is on students and/or teacher-student interactions and are important in the life of a school, we believe that adult-adult interactions have the greatest impact on school culture and climate and yet receive the least support.

Too often, adult relationships in schools are colored by distrust and challenges that significantly undermine their ability to learn and work together for the sake of children. Nothing can ruin a school climate faster than ineffective communication and disputes between coworkers. Adult conflict in schools leads to a decline in civility and an unhealthy climate that reverberates throughout the school and into classrooms.

Relationships are the foundation for learning and teaching. When we recognize the critical role of healthy relationships and collaborative problem-solving, we support the mission of schools: learning, teaching and developing the skills and dispositions that support life long learning and effective citizenry.

Effective schools are built on relational trust and healthy collaboration. Research shows us that social trust amongst teachers, parents, and school leaders improves the work of schools and is critical for both day-to-day operations and ongoing school improvement.

The National School Climate Council defines a sustainable, positive school climate as one that includes:

  • Norms and expectations that support people feeling socially, emotionally and physically safe.
  • Students, families and educators working together to develop, live and contribute to a shared school vision.
  • Educators modeling and nurturing attitudes that emphasize the benefits and satisfaction gained from learning.
  • Each person contributing to the operations of the school and the care of the environment.

Whether conflict is centered around behavior, work habits, pedagogy, policies, or practices, leaders may find their personnel policies and facilitative practices inadequate to address distressing behaviors of staff members.

Contact us to learn more about how we can support you to engage the unhealthy adult climate in your building and build relational trust and effective collaboration.