The Colorado Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Initiative has worked across Colorado for the past ten years to help schools and districts create safe, equitable, and efficient school environments with quality. PBIS is a decision making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students while creating a positive school climate and culture (www.pbis.org). Currently, the CO PBIS Initiative has trained 814 sites across the state.
Research clearly demonstrates that positive school climate and culture is an essential component to bully prevention and intervention (Stop Bullying Now, 2011). In order for specific bully prevention or intervention practices, strategies, or programs to work efficiently and effectively schools must start with a school climate that is safe, equitable, and positive for staff and students alike.
The United States Department of Education put forth a Safe and Supportive Model in 2010. It is important to remember that school climate is the holistic foundation for this model and that each of the components can be integrated in order to address with efficiency. More information regarding this model is available at Safe and Supportive Schools
New Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on School Discipline Disparities and Positive School Climate and Culture
- Dear Colleague Letter on Nondiscriminiation School Discipline 2014
- USDOE Resource Guide for Improving School Climate 2014
- USDOE Directory of Federal School Climate and Discipline Resources
Research and recent Colorado legislation (HB 11-1254) explicitly name that measuring perceptions of the stakeholders regarding school climate and culture is essential in the continuous improvement process. The following link provides information on climate surveys that meet these requirements.