Many factors, both positive and negative, impact the way students and staff perceive the climate within California schools. The California S3 Technical Assistance Center developed a variety of tools and publications that address these factors and support the creation and sustainability of healthy school climates. Available to all districts and schools, they fall into the following three main areas. Useful resources are available on the About S3 webpage.
- Guides to Practice, which includes a Climate Connection Toolkit, packed with many low- or no-cost strategies; tools for program implementation, including assessing program fidelity and successful management factors; and What Works Briefs with evidence-based strategies proven to improve school climate. Read also about what programs and strategies S3 grantees implemented.
- Research Analyses, including factsheets on a variety of topics linked to the What Works Briefs and reports that demonstrate the relationship between school climate and academic achievement;
- Assessment and Data Use Tools, including information on the psychometric properties of the Cal-SCHLS surveys, a handbook that provides a step-by-step guide for a data-driven school improvement process, and a School Climate Report Card.
Additional school climate resources can be found at The National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments.
To learn about the specific programs and strategies that grantees implemented, and the factors that they thought were most important in bringing about the improvements in school climate and academic achievement they achieved, read the Stories from the Field in the About S3 section.