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School Climate: Recommended Reading

Deal, T. & Peterson, K., (2009). Shaping school culture: Pitfalls, paradoxes, and promises. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.  Offers strategies on the use of stories, rituals and traditions to create a positive school culture.

Darling-Hammond, L. (2001). The right to learn: A blueprint for creating schools that work.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.  Provides a vision of exceptional, learner-centered schools and describes the policies and practices that are needed to create these schools on a system-wide basis.

Manvell, E. (2012). The violence continuum: Creating a safe school climate. Lanham, MD: R&L Education. Describes what makes a school a safe place and explores how to build the supportive relationships with students necessary for a positive school climate.

Stronge, J., Richard, H., Catano, N., (2008). Qualities of effective principals.Alexandria, VA: ASCD.  Provides an overview of the factors that principals must address to be effective, including a discussion of creating an effective school climate.

The 12 Dimensions of School Climate Measured