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
Alpine School District’s vision for learning states, ‘Our students acquire the essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions in each content area and the fundamental capacities of collaboration, critical thinking, communication, creativity, citizenship, and character.’ Our pursuit of that vision led us to focus resources on 21st century/deeper learning. This project—providing extended, job-embedded professional development for teachers and principals and providing instructional coaches—will have a larger impact on teaching and learning than any other initiative to date. We expect this impact to be seen in unprecedented student engagement K-12 and in developing skills for success beyond high school.
We believe Hanover will help us in both our student academic goals and teacher and administrator goals by examining our practices, and then providing us with validation of the effective work we do, as well as identifying areas that do not align with best practices for teaching and learning for 21st century/deeper learning. When contemplating engaging with an external partner, I recommend school district leaders ask themselves and their constituents two questions. First, what is it that we most want our students to know and be able to do when they exit our school system? In other words, what kind of graduate do we hope to produce? Next ask, how can we know whether our current professional services are aligned to achieve those ends? A serious pursuit to measure our effectiveness likely leads to an external partner, like Hanover, who can help us see what we on the inside cannot.
– Dr. John Patten, Assistant Superintendent Education Services & K-12