A focus on school climate is an essential component of any initiative to improve outcomes for the whole child, whole person, and whole community. School climate encompasses everything that makes a school community healthy and whole, where students can learn and thrive.

This Spotlight highlights resources to support policymakers and education leaders in making informed, evidence-based decisions about school safety and climate.

Be sure to visit our Justice & Prevention and Resilient and Healthy Schools and Communities Area of Work pages to learn about our research and services to improve climate and safety.

Check out our recent School Safety & Climate E-Bulletin for more resources.

Science classroomMaintaining the Physical Safety of Students and Staff 

The WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center (JPRC) studies efforts to keep students and staff safe to contribute to the evidence base that policymakers and other interested parties can draw from when making decisions about strategies. The JPRC’s rigorous research examines a variety of tools educators are trying to decrease incidents of school violence.

 Add this sampling of JPRC reports to your library of school safety research:

Photo of kids working together.Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments

The California Center for School Climate, Center for the Improvement of Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety, and initiatives such as Project Cal-Well offer a wealth of resources designed to address school climate issues, from getting staff buy-in for climate initiatives to designing learning-positive classroom environments.

Download and share the following resources:  

Listen to audiocasts about how schools and districts are using innovative and effective strategies to cultivate positive school climate: 

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Stay informed about WestEd’s research, resources, services, events, and career opportunities bysubscribing to our E-Bulletin.Our January 2024, Volume 2, issueexplores strategies for improving school safety and climate. The issue features resources about the following:

  • Services: Increasing Safety and Improving Climate
  • Youth Perspectives on School Safety
  • School-Based Law Enforcement
  • Perceptions of State School Safety Center Supports and Services
  • Transforming School Climate Mindsets and Ecosystems
  • Create High-Quality Physical Classroom Environments
  • Students Shaping School Climate Policy and Practice
  • Addressing Staff Resistance in School Climate Initiatives
  • 15 Activities That Promote Staff and Student Connection

View the January 2024, Volume 2, E-Bulletin.

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