The Importance of School Climate and Culture
Great principals set a positive, affirming tone for their school climate and culture. They establish a school vision and expectations for student and staff behavior, and develop effective, evidence-based methods for handling discipline problems when they occur. Effective principals make school a safe, welcoming place to be, encouraging student and staff attendance. Relationships are at the core of a great school climate and culture, and great principals make relationships with students, teachers and families a priority, creating a ripple effect across the school community.
The Brian J. Davis Fellowship for School Climate and Culture supports Title I elementary school principals to work on a climate and culture project of their choosing. The fellowship includes grant funding, coaching and other professional development opportunities to help principals increase their positive impact in schools.
“By promoting a positive climate, schools can allow greater equality in educational opportunities, decrease socioeconomic inequalities, and enable more social mobility.”
-- Ron Avi Astor, Marjorie Crump Endowed Professor of Social Welfare at UCLA Luskin
Meet the Inaugural Fellow
Marva Mckinney is the principal at Cedar Hills Elementary and the 2019-2020 Brian J. Davis Fellow for Climate and Culture.