Effective school climates for students begin with building positive school climates for staff. Staff members need to feel physically and emotionally safe, a sense of collegiality based on caring, trust, and mutual high expectations, and that they are meaningfully involved in school decision-making.
This What Works Brief recommends activities for improving school environments for staff members across four major research-based strategies:
- Supporting new staff members
- Fostering positive, collegial relationships among staff
- Supporting staff members’ social and emotional competencies
- Implementing reliable systems of student discipline and support