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A positive school climate can prevent violence.

The circumstances that lead to violence are complex and far ranging, often the culmination of months and years of individual experiences. School climate refers to the quality of school life. Developing students with strong character who are connected to their peers, educators, and communities in meaningful ways can improve school climate and prevent violence from occurring. Research suggests that a positive school climate can lead to a significant decrease in the likelihood of crime, aggression, and violent behavior.

Schools and districts should implement social, emotional, and behavioral support systems to create a climate that supports and responds to student behavior. School leaders can make character development a priority by supporting practices in the classroom and school, as well as collaborating with families and community organizations.

Strategies to Consider

  1. Conduct a school climate survey and collect data. Analyze the data in order to identify the most appropriate measures and programs.
  2. Identify measures and programs that are best suited for your school and implement them.
  3. Consider expanding beyond school climate to incorporate social and emotional learning and provide students access to treatment programs or professionals.

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The federal government identified additional resources that highlight strategies for school safety. Use these resources to learn more about school climate.

School Climate
Relationships First: Creating Connections that Help Young People Thrive

Third Party, 2017

This report highlights the importance of healthy, supportive relationships to positive youth outcomes. It articulates the Developmental Relationships Framework and includes sections on why developmental relationships matter; how developmental relationships grow; activating relationships in organizations; and ideas for deepening one-on-one relationships (for parents, teachers, and youth workers). 

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School Climate
Social Emotional Learning at a Glance

Department of Justice, 2023

This resource provides an overview of social emotional learning and outlines facts, common misunderstandings, and benefits of the approach.

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