From yesterday’s inbox, a conference that might be interesting to follow. The conference, aimed at improving learning conditions, should profit from a discussion of school climate. The main topics to be discussed are:
- School discipline
- Gender-based violence
- Behavioral health
- School safety
Unfortunately, the topics seem more related to surface issues rather than root causes. These topics address the What without addressing the overarching theme of Why. Certainly, it’s important to treat the symptoms, but are there reasonable ways to effect change that can address all these topics at once?
The administration of the U.S. Department of Education will be participating in a discussion related school climate. I will be interested to see if climate can change attitude, which leads to increased student performance. Another question I have is, can student attitudes be changed if their teachers’ attitude remain the same? And, how are these related to school climate? I am probably expecting too much to be addressed at this conference, but there are so many questions that need to be answered. Hopefully, some good action research will develop from themes addressed here.
Here is the official “media advisory” on what the administration of the U.S. Department of Education will address (click the title to link to the full announcement).
Assistant Secretary to Discuss How Improving School Climate Can Help Improve Student Performance at Office of Safe and Healthy Students 2012 National Conference
08/02/2012 10:24 AM EDT
Assistant Secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah Delisle will give luncheon remarks at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students 2012 National Conference. The national two-day conference, “Meeting the Challenge: Building and Sustaining Capacity to Improve Conditions for Learning,” will take place Wednesday – Thursday, Aug. 8–9