CSI Resources: Culture & Climate

AIR: The Intersection of School Climate and Social and Emotional DevelopmentA deep dive into SEL’s role in school climate, including SEL frameworks, needs of schools, and measurement.  You can use this resource if you are interested in the natural alignment between school climate and SEL programs.

AIR: Measuring School ClimateA review of school climate evaluation systems as a method of assessing school principal performance employing school climate surveys in a novel way.

AIR: Ten Key Ideas for Social Emotional Learning School Climate. Useful if you are seeking actionable steps to build a foundation of mutual support for SEL and school climate.

National School Climate Council: National School Climate Standards. Five standards with indicators and subindicators to improve and promote positive school environments.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: School Climate and Social and Emotional Learning: The Integration of Two Approaches. A discussion of the mutually beneficial relationship between supportive structures of SEL and school climate. Helpful if you want to integrate SEL and school climate efforts to support your school or district.


California: Positive School Climate Webpage. Web-based resources that can be helpful in identifying examples of how school climate and academics interact on a state level.

Colorado: Measuring School Climate: A Toolkit for Districts and Schools. A step-by-step guide for schools or districts seeking instructions on how to begin to measure school climate.

Connecticut Model School Climate Policy. Outlines a streamlined school climate improvement policy for all districts.

Michigan: Connecting SEL to Michigan’s School Improvement Framework. Guidance on how to integrate SEL into classroom climate (see page 21).

Ohio School Climate Guidelines. Nine guidelines for exceptional school climates with benchmarks for district action.