Resources for Building Positive School Climate
All Snohomish schools are committed to the key teachings and themes outlined on our main page. The following resources may be used differently in our schools to achieve our objective to build a positive school climate.
School Climate Resources
- Invitational Education - According to the Invitational Education website, "A democratic society is ethically committed to seeing all people as able, valuable, and responsible, to valuing cooperation and collaboration, to viewing process as product in the making, and to developing untapped possibilities in all worthwhile areas of human endeavor." This website presents a framework for how this can look in the public school setting. Our district embraces this philosophy and strives to make it evident in our school community.
- Safe and Civil Schools - Safe and Civil Schools provides practical resources to help educators develop better behavior management strategies in schools; learn effective classroom management procedures; implement school-wide positive behavior support and response-to-intervention for behavior, and design and implement a better school improvement plan.
- Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports was established by the Office of Special Education Programs (U.S. Department of Education) to give schools technical assistance with identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide behavior support practices.
- Kelso's Choice - Conflict Management Skills Program - Kelso’s Choice is used by all district primary grades (K-2). It is a program that utilizes a problem solving frog named ‘Kelso’ who teaches his younger friend ‘Lily’ how to solve problems students face day to day at school and in life.
- Steps to Respect - Steps to Respect is a bullying prevention program used in our elementary schools (grades 3-6) that provides educators with educational and advocacy tools that help foster the social and emotional development, safety and well-being of children.
- Second Step - The Second Step program features developmentally appropriate ways to teach core social-emotional skills such as empathy, emotion management, and problem solving to students in some elementary and secondary grades.
- Common Sense - Scope & Sequence Tool - The Scope and Sequence Tool includes a variety of lessons for the home and classroom. These cross-curricular units spiral to address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way. Browse by grade band or click a category to highlight the lessons that address that topic. Topics include internet safety, privacy and security, relationships and communications, cyberbullying, digital footprint and reputation, self-image and identity, information literacy and creative credit/copyright.
- Rachel's Challenge - Some of our schools have identified Rachel's Challenge as a way to support other district bullying prevention programs. Rachel's Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion.
- Safe Supporting Learning - The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help address such issues.
- National Bullying Prevention Center - PACER - PACER offers a variety of resources to use during October — and throughout the year — to inspire, educate and involve others to join the movement and prevent bullying where you live.
- StopBullying.gov - StopBullying.gov, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk and how you can help prevent and respond to bullying.
- The Bully Project - Bully Project is the social action campaign inspired by the award-winning film Bully.
- Washington State Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) - OEO resolves complaints, disputes, and problems between families and Washington State elementary and secondary public schools in all areas that affect student learning. OEO is a statewide agency that functions independently from the public school system.