NPR profiled a campus where the day starts with a dance party, birthdays are celebrated and one lucky student each day is crowned Student of the Day. All these activities foster a positive school climate that can not only been seen as affecting attendance rates (which have increased- no one wants to be late for the morning dance party!), and academic areas (students perform better when they feel loved and feel like they have a teacher who is invested in them) but can be felt on campus. Research has shown a positive school climate not only significantly impacts student outcomes, but also affect teacher retention rates (Wouldn’t you LOVE to have a workday that starts with a dance party?). The hope is that students will take the positive skills and attitude they gain through positive school climates and change the environment around them in a more positive manner.
NASP has a great infographic available here: https://www.nasponline.org/Documents/Research%20and%20Policy/ESSA/School%20Climate%20Infographic.jpeg
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Or if you would like to read the article in full, click here:http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/11/01/500060004/how-a-happy-school-can-help-students-succeed