This Road Map is a resource designed to support school leadership teams and school community members measure and improve school climate in ways that support student - and adult - learning and the healthy development of K-12 students. School communities can use measuring and working to improve school climate as a data driven strategy that promotes the skills, knowledge and dispositions that provide the foundation for a democratically informed school communities and engaged citizens.
This Road Map is organized around a five stage, continuous process of school climate improvement: (i) preparation and planning; (ii) evaluation; (iii) understanding the evaluation findings, engagement and action planning; (iv) implementing the action plan; and (v) re-evaluation and beginning the cycle anew. Each of these five stages is characterized by a series of tasks and challenges.
This Road Map synthesizes research and best practices from a number of overlapping fields: school reform, character education, social emotional learning, service learning, community schools, risk prevention, and health/mental health promotion. It is organized around a five-stage process of school climate improvement. Each of the five stages is defined by a series of tasks and challenges. The tools and guidelines in this Road Map are designed to help your school's leadership team and members to understand and master each of these tasks and challenges.
The Road Map provides the foundation for our school climate improvement efforts with schools, districts, networks of schools and State Departments of Education. For further information about the Road Map, please contact Jonathan Cohen