School and community
leaders are recognizing how a positive school climate can
enhance student engagement, motivation and achievement. With
their high visibility, school administrators are in a particularly
good position to set a positive tone.
Schools: Distinguishing the Essential from the Important
issues brief draws upon [Balanced
Leadership, below] to help leaders identify which responsibilities
are essential for ensuring high levels of student achievement
in their schools."
Conditions for Leadership Effectiveness: The District's Role
that shows how districts can support school principals to
create the conditions for higher student achievement.
Leadership: What 30 Years of Research Tells Us about the Effect
of Leadership on Student Achievement (McREL, 2003)
report detailing the outcomes of a meta-analysis of research
on the effects of principal leadership practices on student
Leadership and Student Motivation (ERIC, 1992)
Review of research on the role school leaders can play in
setting a climate that encourages student achievement. Although
dated, the findings are still relevant.
a Climate for Learning (Center for Social and Emotional
The non-profit center offers a two-day workshop to help school
administrators improve school climate and culture.
in Learning: Supporting Effective Change in High Schools
(Educators for Social Responsibility)
The non-profit Educators for Social Responsibility "provides
consulting, training and follow-up support, personal coaching,
and technical assistance to help schools implement and sustain
changes that foster:
- a safer, more welcoming and respectful school climate;
- a fair and seamless system of discipline and student support;
- more positive and caring relationships among students and staff; and
- a learning culture that expects and supports every student to be academically