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School Climate: SEL and PBIS

You can use this page to learn more about Positive Behavior Interventions & Support (PBIS) and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Del Norte schools.



School climate is a comprehensive concept that encapsulates an educational institution's overall atmosphere and environment. It goes beyond physical structures and academic programs, delving into the social, emotional, and interpersonal aspects that shape the daily experiences of students, parents, and school personnel.

  1. Patterns of Experience: School climate is not static; it is dynamic and shaped by the collective experiences of those involved in the educational community. These experiences can include interactions between students and teachers, relationships among peers, engagement in extracurricular activities, and an overall sense of belonging.
  2. Norms, Goals, and Values: The prevailing attitudes, beliefs, and values within a school community contribute to its climate. This encompasses the shared understanding of what is considered acceptable behavior, the academic standards and goals set by the school, and the values that guide decision-making at various levels.
  3. Interpersonal Relationships: The quality of relationships among students, teachers, administrators, and parents significantly influences school climate. Positive relationships built on trust, respect, and open communication contribute to a healthy and supportive environment. Conversely, negative interactions can create a tense and challenging atmosphere.
  4. Teaching and Learning Practices: The methods of teaching and learning employed within a school play a crucial role in shaping its climate. An inclusive and innovative approach to education and supportive teaching practices foster a positive environment that encourages intellectual curiosity and personal growth.
  5. Organizational Structures: The administrative and organizational structures of a school, including leadership styles, policies, and decision-making processes, have a direct impact on its climate. Transparent and participatory governance tends to foster a positive climate, while rigid or authoritarian structures may lead to a less favorable environment.

In summary, school climate is a multifaceted concept encompassing an educational institution's lived experiences, values, relationships, and organizational dynamics. A positive school climate is associated with improved student well-being, academic achievement, and overall satisfaction within the school community. Therefore, understanding, assessing, and actively fostering a positive school climate is crucial for creating an environment conducive to effective teaching and learning.