The Center for Greater Good at Berkeley has found that creating a Positive School Climate is so important because it:
“decreases absenteeism, suspensions, substance abuse, and bullying, and increases students’ academic achievement, motivation to learn, and psychological well-being. It can even mitigate the negative effects of self-criticism and socioeconomic status on academic success. In addition, working in this kind of climate lessens teacher burnout while increasing retention. All really good stuff!”
While meeting their criteria for having a Positive School Climate can be challenging, small steps can be made relatively easily. School counselors may want to consider the Behind Your Back exercise with student groups, faculty groups, and maybe even parents.
Here’s to happy, healthy, students, teachers, and administrators in the coming academic year!