Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest hosted Strategies for Using School Climate Data, a Making Connections interactive webinar designed to increase awareness of how school climate data can be used to enhance student performance. In the course of the webinar, we considered recent research suggesting that school climate is an important lever of student and school success.
This interactive webinar featured Adam Voight, Ph.D., Climate Technical Assistance and Research Specialist at WestEd. Dr. Voight provided a research-based discussion of his recent work on linking school climate to school and student success (A Climate for Academic Success: How School Climate Distinguishes Schools That Are Beating the Achievement Odds) and discussed the methods and measures involved.
The event also featured discussions led by panelists who are currently participating in the Safe and Supportive School Grant Program. Panel members highlighted their successes, challenges, and lessons learned in the course of collecting and using school climate data. The session included a Question and Answer period to facilitate dialog among presenters and participants.
Voight, A., Austin, G., & Hanson, T. (2013). A climate for academic success: How school climate distinguishes schools that are beating the achievement odds. San Francisco, CA: The California Comprehensive Center. Retrieved from http://www.wested.org/online_pubs/hd-13-10.pdf