Build Safe & Supportive Environments Solutions provide a comprehensive ongoing assessment of your climate and culture. Our solution allows you to evaluate current school climate, make improvements with targeted best-practice strategies, and support students’ social-emotional needs.
We help you answer key questions and deliver strategies for success:
What are stakeholders’ perceptions of school climate and culture?
How supported do teachers and students feel in the teaching and learning experience?
What are best practices for improving areas of weakness in our school climate?
How well do we meet students’ social-emotional needs and ensure students from diverse backgrounds feel supported at school?
Hanover will leverage the experience and methodology expertise of our team to deliver a comprehensive, mixed-methods strategy to support your goals.
School Climate Survey
Create a positive learning environment
Survey students, parents, and staff to understand perceptions of the school and its academic and social environment, as well as perceptions of engagement and leadership. When performed annually, the climate survey can be used to create baseline data for incoming administrators, track longitudinal progress, and communicate with stakeholders.
Best Practice Strategies for Climate Improvement Areas
Improve climate with evidence-based practices
Identify evidence-based strategies to improve areas of weakness in your climate and equip leaders with the knowledge to build a safe and supportive environment to support student success.
Social-Emotional Skills & Needs Assessment
Support social-emotional learning
Survey students, parents, and staff to identify strengths and gaps in supporting students’ social-emotional skills and perceptions of ongoing programming.
Identify key school environment issues that impact academic outcomes (i.e., engagement, safety, and bullying)
Build student, staff, and parent engagement
Improve climate for all members of the community, including minorities, English learners, special education students, parents, and staff
Support long-term student success by uncovering strengths and gaps in meeting the social-emotional needs of students
The Middle Schools for Tomorrow Workgroup was brought together to allow parents, students, teachers, and the larger community to take an active role in crafting their vision of the future for ACPS middle schools. The workgroup was asked to create their idealized middle school, take a critical look at current practices within Alexandria middle schools, and ultimately lay the groundwork for how the division should move strategically forward.
Hanover Research, in conjunction with school division staff, were integral in this work by supplying best practices research around identified topics, crafting and administering a survey, providing quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and responding to stakeholder feedback throughout the six-month process. Decisions are only as good as the information used in forming them, and the research and data analysis provided allowed the stakeholder group to make the highest quality decisions not only in reaction to where our middle schools had been, but more importantly where they must go.
– Clinton Page; Chief Accountability Officer, Alexandria City Public Schools