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Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum

Ashoka, 2014. (web resource)

A recent report entitled “Making Education Work” urges the British government to introduce radical changes into the English education system. This report – prepared by an independent advisory board comprising prominent business leaders and led by preeminent academic Professor Sir Roy Anderson – provides a six-month overview of the British education system and recommends the establishment of a new independent body consisting of teachers, employers, political parties, etc. 

Exercising Your Empathy Muscles

Ashoka, 2014. (web resource)

A Georgetown Day School teacher talks about her favorite activities for keeping the empathy muscles strong.

The Effects of School-wide Positive Behavior Support on Middle School Climate and Student Outcomes

Association for Middle Level Education, 2011. (web resource)

This study investigated the effects of school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) on middle school climate and student outcomes. Data consisted of more than 300 teacher responses and 10,000 student responses in two middle schools in the western United States. The SWPBS intervention included school-wide teaching of social skills, praise notes from teachers to students, posting of school rules, proactive screening for students at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders, and referrals of at-risk students for targeted interventions. The treatment school showed statistically significant improvements in teacher ratings of school climate, while the control school tended to stay the same or worsen.

The Nature of Middle Level Communication

Association for Middle Level Education, 2014. (web resource)

Just as a COMMUNICATION utility marker has a solid fixed wall around it, we must be sure that we don’t have walls around our school communication plans that keep stakeholders out. If language and communication are the glue holding us together, everyone must have equal and reciprocal access to that critical binding agent. Learn about improving communications in middle level schools in this blog post from the Association for Middle Level Education.

School-wide Agreement at Columbus Middle School

Association for Middle Level Education, 2014. (web resource)

In this blog post learn how school-wide agreements help engage students in conversations about classroom expectations and develops a process that give students ownership.

Building a Collaborative Culture that Values Deep Conversations

Association for Middle Level Education, 2013. (web resource)

Principals at all levels know—and research supports—that fostering effective collaboration among their staff is one of the most powerful things they can do to elevate the level of learning for adults and students. This blog post summarizes some of the most important things that middle level principals can do to foster effective collaboration in their schools.

Nurturing Effective Middle Level Schools

Association for Middle Level Education, 2014. (web resource)

How can middle school leaders promote relationships and improve school climate and student morale? In this Association for Middle Level Education blog post, learn what ingredients create supportive and positive middle level schools.

Responsive Classroom Drives Common Core Success

Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. 2013. (Responsive Classroom) (PDF, 8 pgs.)

Skillful teaching and effective instruction are keys to achieving the goals set by the Common Core State Standards. This white paper describes how the Responsive Classroom approach hones teacher effectiveness and explains in detail how Responsive Classroom teaching practices address four specific CCSS challenges: creating a climate of learning, engaging students in rich academic conversations, teaching more complex content and skills, and fostering genuine student engagement.

Promoting Respectful Schools

ASCD, 2011. (web publication)

The September 2011 issue of Educational Leadership, "Promoting Respectful Schools," features articles on bullying, school climate, and preventing hate language.

School Culture and Climate

ASCD. (web resource)

ASCD’s website provides a list of school climate resources under its “Research a Topic” section.

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