It’s more than a buzzword: A school’s climate shapes and informs daily experiences for students, educators, staff, administrators, and visitors.

School climate refers to a school’s social, physical, and academic environment. How does it make people feel? Safe? Welcomed? Connected?

It’s important that students feel comfortable and able to learn, and educators feel respected and able to do their job. When a student knows that his or her teacher cares—not only about academic success, but also about personal well-being—the student will gain a higher sense of self-worth and self-esteem. When an educator feels like a valuable contributor to the team, he or she will be eager to p