2024 Strands, Topics, and Themes

School Culture

  • Definition: School culture refers to the underlying beliefs, values, traditions, norms, and practices that shape the behavior of individuals within a school community. It encompasses the collective identity of the school, including its mission, vision, and core values.
  • Elements: School culture is composed of various elements, such as the attitudes of staff and students, the quality of relationships, the level of collaboration, and the overall sense of purpose and belonging.

School Climate

  • Definition: School climate, on the other hand, refers to the overall emotional and social atmosphere within a school. It reflects the quality and character of the interactions among students, teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders. School climate is influenced by factors such as safety, relationships, and the overall sense of well-being within the school community.
  • Elements: Key elements of school climate include safety, respect, trust, communication, and the overall feeling of inclusiveness. Positive school climate fosters a supportive environment for teaching and learning.

While school culture represents the underlying values and identity of a school, school climate is the tangible manifestation of those values in the day-to-day interactions and emotional tone within the school community. They are interconnected, with a positive school culture contributing to a positive school climate and vice versa. Both are crucial for creating an environment conducive to effective teaching, learning, and overall well-being.

  • Safety and Security
    • Physical Plant Safety
    • Emergency Planning
    • Training and Prevention
  • Health and Wellbeing
    • Mental Health
    • Social and Emotional Learning
    • Behavioral Health
  • Belonging and Community Building
    • Restorative Practices
    • Relationship Building
    • Student and Staff Leadership
    • Student and Staff Attendance
    • Parent Engagement
    • Community Partnerships
  • Relevant and Rigorous Instruction
    • MTSS
    • Career and Technical Education
    • Differentiated Instruction
    • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Equity
    • Access
    • Anti-racism
    • Policy and Systemic Change
    • Affirming Curriculum
  • Special Topics
    • School Innovation
    • New to Education
    • Middle School