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March 21-23, 2015
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2015 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show

70th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show

March 21–23, 2015, Houston, Tex.

Discover new ideas and practical strategies that deliver real results for students.

 

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School Culture and Climate

Definition

ASCD's A Lexicon of Learning defines school climate and school culture as:

The sum of the values, cultures, safety practices, and organizational structures within a school that cause it to function and react in particular ways. 

Some schools are said to have a nurturing environment that recognizes children and treats them as individuals; others may have the feel of authoritarian structures where rules are strictly enforced and hierarchical control is strong. 

Teaching practices, diversity, and the relationships among administrators, teachers, parents, and students contribute to school climate. 

Although the two terms are somewhat interchangeable, school climate refers mostly to the school's effects on students, whereas school culture refers more to the way teachers and other staff members work together.

Video: Baruti Kafele and Nancy Frey Talk About School Culture