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SCHOOL CLIMATE

Many of those who read the book Transformative Classroom Management may recognize the need to examine and/or improve the quality of the climate at their school. It is true that TCM will be more effective if the whole-school context supports it, and the school adopts a transformative mindset in general. Connecting TCM to school climate makes sense. There is a strong relationship between the types of classroom management practices used, the quality of the climate and many other outcomes such as student achievement and self-esteem. Conversely, those who have conducted a climate assessment may have found that a key to improvement in the future will be the use of more effective classroom management strategies in their school.  In these cases, TCM and the TYS program should be helpful in moving these schools toward their goals. Listed below are the products and services from the Alliance for the Study of School Climate. These resources are available to K-12 educators. Contact ASSC for more information.

Products and Services from the Alliance for the Study of School Climate

Products

School Climate Assessment Instruments

  • Secondary School Climate Assessment Instrument - General (SCAI-S-G)
    This instrument should be used with secondary teachers, parents, staff, administrators and external assessment consultants.
  • Secondary School Climate Assessment Instrument - Student (SCAI-S-S)
    This instrument is intended as a compliment to the data from the SCAI-S-G and should be used with 6-12th grade level student participants.
  • Elementary School Climate Assessment Instrument - General (SCAI-E-G)
    This instrument should be used with elementary teachers, parents, staff, administrators and external assessment consultants.
  • Elementary School Climate Assessment Instrument - Student (SCAI-E-S)
    This instrument is intended as a compliment to the data from the SCAI-S-G and should be used with 2-6th grade student participants.
  • Parent and Community School Climate Assessment Instrument (SCAI-P)

    » School Climate Survey Example

    Classroom Climate Assessment Instruments
  • Secondary Classroom Climate Assessment Instrument - General (CCAI-S-G)
    This instrument should be used with secondary teachers, parents, staff, administrators and external assessment consultants.
  • Secondary Classroom Climate Assessment Instrument - Student (CCAI-S-S)
    This instrument is intended as a compliment to the data from the SCAI-S-G and should be used with 6-12th grade level student participants.
  • Elementary Classroom Climate Assessment Instrument - General (CCAI-E-G)
    This instrument should be used with elementary teachers, parents, staff, administrators and external assessment consultants.
  • Elementary Classroom Climate Assessment Instrument - Student (CCAI-E-S)
    This instrument is intended as a compliment to the data from the SCAI-S-G and should be used with 2-6th grade student participants.

    » Classroom Climate Survey Example
    All Climate Assessment Instruments from ASSC are copyrighted. Permission is required for use. For all schools undertaking formal school climate assessment efforts using the ASSC SCAIs the purchase of a site license is required.

  • Transform Your School (TYS) School-Wide Behavioral System
    The TYS system from ASSC provides a comprehensive system for encouraging high quality behavior, motivation and conflict resolution across a school. It is unique among the behavioral systems out available in that its focus is on changing behavior in the long-term and creating a climate of self-responsible students who think and act with an awareness of the needs of the other members of the school. It is integrated with the principles of the ASSC Assessment Instruments and the Book Transformative Classroom Management. More ...


    Paragon Learning Style Inventory (PLSI)
    The PLSI a reliable instrument for obtaining Cognitive and Learning Style preferences for students and adults. It can be used with students from grades 3-12, within organizations, for personal self-knowledge and for many other applications. The PLSI can be obtained through ASSC and Paragon Educational Consulting by site license and includes printable interpretive materials related to learning, teaching, career, leadership, work tendencies, writing style, counseling, and self-improvement. Research findings suggest that teachers who understand learning style theory and the styles of their students achieve higher levels of motivation, enjoyment and academic achievement from their students.
    » Paragon Learning Style Inventory Seminars website

    Services
    Services and Support

    Currently the Alliance provides schools with a variety of services. While our belief is that any meaningful change will come about through any schools own democratic commitment to a long-term process of reflection and renewal, our assistance may be helpful in those efforts. We recommend that schools make a substantive and systemic effort. We do provide stand-alone presentations to administration and faculty, but lasting improvement will likely require developing an internal leadership structure and steering team. We can assist in the forming and training of that leadership team. A very critical component of any change effort is that of assessment. We have developed a very extensive system of assessment that can be used by the steering team and/or the consultant team.

    Contact us to arrange for an initial consultation.

    » All School Climate Assessment Facilitation
    » Focused In-service Training Related to your Needs

    All School Climate Assessment Facilitation

    Level I: School and Classroom Self-Assessment Support. ASSC provides facilitation and technical support for a school-wide self-assessment of climate using the ASSC School Climate Analytic Trait Instrument©, or classroom level assessment with the ASSC Classroom Assessment Instrument©.

    Level II: School and/or Classroom Assessment Facilitation. ASSC provides additional support and assistance for school-wide climate assessment by facilitating school-based assessment teams and providing an external assessment perspective in the process.


    Focused In-service Training Related to your Needs

    Level III: ASSC provides in-service support and guiding materials for school improvement after the assessment process has been completed. Once areas of growth have been identified by the assessment phase of the effort, ASSC enlists specialists in the targeted areas to help bring about the schoolís improvement goals. Current services include:

    In-service in Faculty Relations (related to assessment scale dimension 2)

    • The Paragon Learning Style Inventory (PLSI) as a tool for Faculty Team Building
      Understand how your cognitive preferences effect how you view your job, make sense of why one major source of interpersonal conflict can be mitigated, learn strategies for creating a collective vision and building leadership capacity.

    In-service in Student Interactions (related to assessment scale dimension 3)

    • Creating Classroom Community and Positive Classroom Climate
      Explore the components that comprise community, examine practices that promote collective success, how your class can become a team that shares a common goal.

    In-service in Leadership Culture (related to assessment scale dimension 4)

    • Promoting an Intentional Climate
      Learn how to lead teachers, students and parents from an 'accidental' to an 'intentional' climate and culture.

    In-services in Classroom Management (related to assessment scale dimension 5)

    • Creating a Functioning Collective
      Developing a social contract/covenant, making rules and boundaries, creating consequences vs. punishments, building expectations that get internalized, effective ways to implement your contract.
    • Developing a "Success Culture"
      Developing a psychology of success and self-esteem, examining the "socially constructed" reality in the classroom, teacher use of power, teacher-student interactions, creating healthy social frames, exploring expectations.
    • Effective Technical Management
      Giving directions that get carried out, gaining and holding 100% attention, smooth transitions, ending and beginning the period effectively.
    • Making Sense of Motivational and Movement Psychology
      Understanding why some classes "go somewhere" and some don't, meeting students basic needs, examining the relationship between motivation and methodology.
    • Dealing with Difficult Students
      Examining the Negative Identity Cycle, how to use Reality Therapy and student contracts effectively, negotiating power struggles in a win-win way.

    In-services in Learning and Assessment (related to assessment scale dimension 6)

    • Effective use of Cooperative Learning
      Move beyond just group work, unleash
      the power of the collective, create a culture of collaboration and support, manage the cooperative class effectively.
    • Using the Paragon Learning Style Inventory (PLSI) in the K-12 Classroom
      Understand how your type effects your teaching style, understand your students better, learn strategies to address learning needs more effectively.
    • Teaching and Assessment for Success
      Understanding the relationships among assessment methods and motivation, success psychology and classroom management. Examine how certain assessment strategies lead to higher levels of achievement, internal locus of control and effort level.
    • Create Perfect Rubrics and Performance Assessments
      Promote student achievement by having learning targets that are clear and standing still. Learn to create rubrics for any task easily and with high reliability and clarity

    In-services in Attitude and Culture (related to assessment scale dimension 7)

    • Developing a "Success Culture"
      Developing a psychology of success and self-esteem, examining the "socially constructed" reality in the classroom, teacher use of power, teacher-student interactions, creating healthy social frames, exploring expectations.
    • Transform your Culture with your Pedagogy
      Explore how your teaching manufactures much of the culture and attitude in your school or classroom. Use assessment that creates a positive culture and attitude. Create a team mentality in your classes and school. Create a culture of respect.

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