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San Antonio D. M. & Salzfass E. A. (2007). How We Treat One Another in School. ASCD.

The article explains the traumatic effects of bullying on school climate. The article provides suggestions for teachers and administrators to mitigate bullying using proactive strategies such as hallway monitoring and relationship building. Recommendations are made for a school-wide approach to bullying prevention.

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Bryk, A. S. and Schneider, B. (2003). Trust in Schools: A Core Resource for School Reform. ASCD.

This article emphasizes the importance of social and relational trust to school improvement. Strategies to develop mutual respect and trust are discussed. Strategies include listening during conflict, displaying openness to new ideas, demonstrating competence in core responsibilities, and exhibiting integrity and follow through.

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Stoll, L. and Temperley, J. (2009). Improving School Leadership: The Toolkit. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

This toolkit is designed to help educators analyze their current school leadership policies and practices, and “develop a common understanding of where and how to take action.” In order to sustain improvements, leadership is presented as four elements of a cycle that includes analysis, auditing, prioritizing, and communicating.

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Cowan, D. (2009). Creating a Community of Professional Learners: An Inside View. SEDL.

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) build collegiality and drive school improvement by focusing on teaching and learning. In this article, the author presents six steps to improving the quality of work produced by PLCs.

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Partners Resource Network, Inc. Positive Behavioral Interventions & IDEA 2004. Partners Resource Network, Inc.

This presentation is meant to be used by administrators to educate staff on positive behavior support and school safety strategies. The presentation emphasizes the importance of understanding behavior (antecedents and consequences) and using functional behavior assessment.

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The New Teacher Project (2010). Teacher Evaluation 2.0. The New Teacher Project.

This guide proposes six design standards that any rigorous and fair evaluation system should meet including annual process, clear, rigorous expectations, multiple ratings, multiple measures, and regular feedback.  The article states that these standards provide “states and school districts a blueprint for better evaluations that can help every teacher thrive in the classroom.”

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National School Climate Center (2012). School Climate Improvement Guidelines. National School Climate Center.

Building school climate is an ongoing process. These resources discuss cultivating a supportive school climate in five steps, with an emphasis on goals and assessment. A link to the National School Climate Standards (2012) is included, as well as a link to a toolkit to improve school climate.