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Positive Culture

The school’s and district’s prevailing beliefs, values, and practices are instrumental to successful implementation of an equitable, multi-level system of supports. Meaningful change depends on the degree to which staff share an unwavering commitment to equity to support the success of every learner.

Cultivating positive culture fosters a strong sense of community, identity, and belonging at school

Cultivating positive school culture is essential for all key system features to thrive. In schools with a positive culture, the environment is predictable and safe: culturally, emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially.

Positive relationships and shared expectations among learners and adults foster a strong sense of community, identity, and belonging with the school. Each learner and each adult in a school is an asset!

Teams use an equity lens to ensure school structures benefit all learners, school policies promote every learner’s success, and school practices center on the needs of every learner.

How do you know your system has positive culture in place?

  • All stakeholders demonstrate an unwavering belief in every learner to achieve success and a shared commitment to the vision of success for all
  • The school and district provides environments where learners, staff, and families feel physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually, and culturally validated, safe and supported
  • School and district policies, decisions, and practices are reviewed, revised, developed, and delivered through a lens of equity and a strengths-based perspective
  • Staff, learners, and families have positive relationships creating a strong sense of identity and belonging with the school and district

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