In a previous post, I shared Building Positive School Climates: 20 Ideas from Principals on ways to better serve school communities.
Last week I attended a gathering of innovative Oklahoma school leaders when we were asked for ideas on what’s working for our schools. So I jotted down 18 comments from principals to pass along for building positive school climates:
1. Freshman Keystone & High Five Fridays.
Alan Baker, Cleveland High School, said his school helps high schoolers start strong by offering a Freshman Keystone Class. They also designate the last day of the week as “High Five Fridays”–a time to highlight successes from the week–as another way to increase a positive school climate.
2. Use free ACT training, Celebration Walls, and #Mondays.
Renae Dozier, Grove High School Principal, shared how a local non-profit service is providing free tutoring for ACT Prep including PD for teachers. The non-profit uses donations from local businesses to fund the training. Also, her school decorates a celebration wall and announces kudos for students who commit to college, military, or technical training. Finally, they hashtag their school every Monday using #GroveMondays on Twitter to flood their community with the positives happening at Grove High School.
3. Use Shared Leadership, Promote Leadership and School Spirit.
John Chargois, Union High School uses shared leaderships models. With 3200 students, each grade is assigned an administrator/counselor team to follow them through each year of school. This way a large school becomes organized with small schools within the school. In addition, 180 of their students are attending a leadership retreat this weekend to increase student-leadership for the school. Finally, to keep students involved in the many activities they offer, their Sports Marketing group has a new App to track attendance at events and win points toward prizes; students are excited about attending events to login and earn points. Check it out at here.