California School Climate Symposium 2012

On November 15 and 16, CalS3 grantees from 58 high schools statewide met for the first California School Climate Symposium, sponsored by the California Department of Education and conducted by WestEd.  They were joined by staff from 15 middle schools participating in a Middle School Grades School Climate Alliance, sponsored by the Regional Educational Laboratory-West at WestEd. 

Over 200 school principals, project coordinators, and district representatives attended, along with staff from CDE and the California S3 Technical Assistance Center.

Keynote speakers were Dr. Alison Adler, who spoke on her experience developing the Single School Culture approach in schools in Palm Beach County, Florida; Dr. Ken Futernick, who stressed the importance of promoting a positive school culture based on shared values among staff; and Sandra Keenan Williamson, from the national Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center.  

Descriptions of workshops, presenter bios, and workshop slides and handouts may be downloaded below, as well as the Symposium agenda and a summary of strategies that are being implemented by S3 grantees.

Download the agenda here. Check out a photo gallery of the Symposium.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Keynote 1

Schoolwide Commitment to School Climate Improvement: It's Essential (pdf)
Alison Adler, Palm Beach County School District


Keynote 2

School Climate, School Turnaround, and Systems Change: Lessons Learned (pdf)
Ken Futernick, WestEd


Presentation

Overview to the National Safe and Supportive Schools Initiative and What We Have Learned (pdf)
Sandy Keenan Williamson, National S3 Technical Assistance Center


Workshops

Friday, November 16, 2012

General Session 1

New California Data Linking School Climate and Student/School Success (pdf)
Tom Hanson & Adam Voight, WestEd


General Session 2

Sustaining Your S3 Grant (pdf)
Sandy Keenan Williamson, National S3 Technical Assistance Center


Workshops


Ignite Presentations (pdf)

Small group of adults in a staff meeting

DIRECT ASSISTANCE

S3 offers customized technical assistance to all schools. If you are not an S3 grantee, contact us via:

  • Toll-Free Phone: (Cal-SCHLS Regional Center)
    888.841.7536
    A TA specialist will be available to assist you between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. If you are prompted to leave a voice mail message, a referral specialist will contact you within one business day.

A school climate specialist will be available to assist you between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If you are prompted to leave a voice mail message, a referral specialist will contact you within one business day.

S3 Grantees should contact the TA Specialist assigned to them when their grants were awarded.