Webinar: Using Data to Create Positive School Climates and Discipline Practices in Charter Schools - National Research and Examples from the Field

21 Jul, 2016 to 21 Jul, 2016


School climate is a multi-faceted concept that describes the extent to which a school community creates and maintains a safe school campus; a supportive academic, disciplinary, and physical environment; and respectful, trusting and caring relationships throughout the school community. Research shows that creating a positive school climate can help districts, schools, and teachers meet key goals including boosting student achievement and closing achievement gaps, increasing high school graduation rates, turning around low-performing schools, and decreasing teacher turnover and increasing teacher satisfaction.

The purpose of this webinar is to share effective, evidence-based practices and school-based examples of how to create positive school climates. This webinar will begin with an overview of the national research on school climate and discipline practices in charter schools. Next, members of the DC Public Charter School Board, the sole charter school authorizer in Washington, D.C., will describe a tool that they created to help DC charter schools monitor the impacts of their disciplinary actions and discuss the impact that this data-driven tool had citywide. Finally, leaders from Friendship Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. will discuss their networks process of reforming disciplinary practices and the resulting changes at individual Friendship schools. Friendship has dramatically decreased its expulsion and suspension rates while maintaining or improving their students’ academic performance across its schools.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED), in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, has worked closely with educators through the #RethinkDiscipline campaign to support initiatives that build positive school climates and develop less punitive approaches to school discipline. The National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC) released three new resources for school leaders who are considering changing or updating their discipline policies. You can find these resources #RethinkDiscipline and NCSRC resources here.

Presenters: Dr. Robert Mayo and Dr. David Osher (American Institutes for Research); Naomi DeVeaux and Rashida Young (DC Public Charter School Board); and Rachelle Roberts (Friendship Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.)