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.

Upcoming Event


Join us at EDTalks to learn how great public schools can catalyze economic growth for our city.

  • Date: Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019
  • Time: 11:30AM to 1:00PM
  • Where: The Omni Jacksonville Hotel
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2019 Education Poll

Support for half-cent tax 

In JPEF's 2019 Public Perceptions Poll, the Jacksonville community said once again they would support a small tax for schools.

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Did You Know?

85.1 % of students district-wide graduated high school in 2018, a record high.

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