Parents’ Universal Resource Experts – Sue Scheff: Manage Your School Climate Before it Opens

As the temperature in North Florida rises during the summer months, there is no stopping the beginning of a school year in August.

With heat waves striking our areas staying cool can become more of a struggle.  Lounging at the pool or enjoying the beaches is part of the joys of living on the coast.  However once school opens, although the air conditioning will keep our kids physically cool, what about their social and emotional needs?

School Climate, Center for Social and Emotional Education is available to parents, educators, schools and students.  Learn how to manage and measure your School Climate here.

How do you define School Climate?

School climate refers to the quality and character of school life. School climate is based on patterns of students’, parents’ and school personnel’s experience of school life and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures.

A sustainable, positive school climate fosters youth development and learning necessary for a productive, contributing and satisfying life in a democratic society. This climate includes:

  • Norms, values and expectations that support people feeling socially, emotionally and physically safe.
  • People are engaged and respected.
  • Students, families and educators work together to develop, live and contribute to a shared school vision.
  • Educators model and nurture attitudes that emphasize the benefits and satisfaction gained from learning.
  • Each person contributes to the operations of the school and the care of the physical environment.

Visit www.schoolclimate.org for more great educational information.  Follow School Climate on Twitter and join them on Facebook.

Be an educated parent, you will have safer teens!

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