School culture and school climate, while not synonymous, are inextricably intertwined with one another and with the ability of a school or district to transform itself into an entity that is responsive to the needs of all students, to one that fosters excellence in its students, teachers, parents, and administrators. The twin pillars of climate and culture are what create a sense of community among all individuals, a community built around the values of respect, creativity, caring, and the shared expectations that all students can and will succeed.

The resources provided here are intended to help you to:

  • understand the core concepts of climate and culture,
  • learn how culture and climate affect an organization’s ability to make lasting change, and
  • identify steps you can take to create a strong, positive climate and culture that supports academic, social, and relational growth of every member of the school community.