School climate is based on patterns of students', parents’ and school personnel’s experience of school life. It reflects norms and goals and values interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices and organizational structures. A positive school climate fosters youth development and learning necessary for a productive, contributing life in a democratic society.

The Safe and Healthy Learners Team provides information and technical assistance to school districts regarding school climate, classroom management and youth development. The climate of the school includes the expectation of respect from all students and staff, caring connections between all students and adults in the building, and the expectation that students will share concerns about school safety and that adults will take those concerns seriously. Positive school climate intersects with attendance, transition and academic concerns as well as violence prevention, bullying prevention and school safety.
  • Classroom Management Resources  - 11/1/11
    List of websites for programs that encourage social/emotional learning and school connectedness.
  • Project YES: Promoting Youth Engagement and Success  - 11/1/11
    YES was a pilot-site initiative designed to be a learning lab and catalyst for systemic changes that would increase high school graduation rates. This evaluation report provides a cross-site summary of lessons learned primarily related to the goal of sustaining systemic change. Individual project overviews and summaries of project-reported outcomes are included.
  • School Safety Steps  - 11/1/11
    Three steps to make the peace in School.
  • Disproportionate Minority Representation in Suspension and Expulsion in Minnesota Public Schools  - 11/1/11
    Based on feedback from three focus groups conducted in July of 2009. Participants (including principals, teachers and parents) reviewed Minnesota education trend data regarding suspensions and expulsions as well as juvenile justice data