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Improving School Climate: Strategies from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District


Wednesday, June 10, 2015                                                  

12:30–1:30 p.m. Eastern Time

(11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Central Time)



Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest and its Urban Research Alliance hosted a webinar designed to increase the knowledge base in the REL Midwest states of the research being conducted that looks at the relationship between school climate and student- and school-level outcomes in Cleveland, inform participants of current strategies being used to collect and measure school climate data in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), and provide practical recommendations for effectively using school climate data to support school turnaround efforts and improve conditions for learning.


The event featured a presentation by David Osher, Ph.D., vice president and institute fellow at American Institutes for Research (AIR), who discussed his recent work evaluating positive school climate initiatives in selected school districts across the country. The event also featured panelists Eric Gordon, chief executive officer of CMSD, and Janet McDowell, principal of CMSD’s Wade Park Elementary School, who led a focused discussion on district- and school-level direct experience with school climate data and impact. This event was designed to address the U.S. Department of Education’s priority area of low-performing schools and school improvement.


Please click here to view the archived presentation slides. 



David Osher, Ph.D., Vice President and Institute Fellow, AIR 

Eric Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, CMSD 

Janet McDowell, Principal, Wade Park Elementary School, CMSD

Who Should Attend?

Participants included teachers, principals, and local education agency administrators working in urban districts. 


Related Resources

Faria, A. M., Kendziora, K., Brown, L., O’Brien, B., & Osher, D. (2013). PATHS implementation and outcome study in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Washington, DC: American Institutes for Research.


Osher, D., Poirier, J. M., Dwyer, K. P., Hicks, R., Brown, L. J., Lampron, S., & Rodriguez, C. (2008). Cleveland Metropolitan School District human ware audit: Findings and recommendations. Washington, DC: American Institutes for Research.