Build a positive school climate to impact students, teachers, and the community! Is improving school climate on your to-do list? Do you think about it as a top-down directive or as a dialogue to build equity within the school? A healthy school environment should never be seen as an option, but instead supported as a must-have. Peter DeWitt offers leaders practical high impact strategies to improve school climate, deepen involvement in student learning, and engage a broader family network. In addition to international vignettes focused on community stakeholders and research-based practices, this book features tools such as: • A leadership growth cycle to help leaders build their self-efficacy • A teacher observation cycle centered on building collective efficacy • An early warning system to identify potential at-risk students • Action steps following each chapter to apply to your own setting • Discussion questions for use in team environments Establishing a supportive and inclusive school climate where professionals can take risks to improve the lives of students is vital to maximize learning in any school community. ? “This is a fabulous book by a renowned expert in the field of leadership. Peter DeWitt explains the complex and credible in a way that is thought-provoking, challenging and inspiring. I love how he gives insights in what successful collaborative leadership is and shows how we can all build our skills and mindset for leading towards collective efficacy.” —James Nottingham, Challenging Learning author and creator of #TheLearningPit JN Partnership LTD, Northumberland, United Kingdom
Chapter 3: Climate Change : Raising Student Self-Efficacy
Climate Change : Raising Student Self-Efficacy
Sixth graders who are held to fourth-grade expectations will be great fifth graders when they are in seventh grade; the gap never closes.
School seems different these days. Perhaps it’s because I was a school principal during a time when we had to practice “active-shooter drills”; or because I remember Columbine when I was a teacher; or because I remember sitting in my office, staring numbly at Twitter, when the Sandy Hook massacre took place. We live in a time of terrorist bombings in public places around the world and senseless shootings at schools. All of this weighs heavily on our school climates because this feeling of unsafety has ...