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School Culture and Climate

New Funding Opportunity: School Climate Transformation Grant Now Accepting Applications

The School Climate Transformation Grant supports the development of an integrated approach to school climate that is based in a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) and that prioritizes the needs of the whole child. CDE seeks to work with 4 LEPs prioritizing student engagement and family, school, and community partnership (FSCP) strategies as evidenced in their schools’ and strategic and/or Unified Improvement Plans. Funding is being offered to build upon and strengthen student engagement and family, school and community partnership strategies that are implemented through MTSS. 

Office Hours:

Applications Due Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

SCTG - Student Engagement and Family Partnership (SEFP) Application           


 SCTG - Student Engagement and Family Partnership (SEFP) Budget Template



CDE is committed to collaboratively addressing school climate with school districts to guide our collective work through the School Climate Transformation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant provides the opportunity to bring districts and CDE’s internal offices together to support the development of an integrated multi-tiered framework that addresses school climate and connectedness, student engagement, behavioral/mental health, and social emotional learning to effectively meet the needs of all students in Colorado.




Positive School Climate: A positive school climate is foundational to the academic promise of the school and refers to the work of a school community to create a quality experience for all students, staff, and families. This is done by collectively fostering social, emotional, physical academic and identity safety and promoting a supportive academic environment that encourages and maintains respectful, empathetic, and trusting, relationships; resulting in a sense of belonging for all. – Colorado Department of Education

Sense of Belonging: A sense that one has a rightful place in a given academic setting and can claim full membership in a school and classroom community – Turnaround for Children 



Theory of Action about School Climate Work

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School Climate and Mental Health Office Hours

The department will also host School Climate & Mental Health Office Hours for school and districts. Staff will be available to answer questions, share promising practices and help identify resources to support students and staff: Office hours will be held the following Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.:

  • January 6, 2021
  • January 20, 2021
  • February 3, 2021

Join using the following Zoom link: Meeting ID: 810 9967 7071, Passcode: 469401


Contact Us


For more information, please contact:

Andrea Pulskamp