Supportive Environment Overview
According to the "5Essentials for School Improvement" framework, schools with a supportive environment are safe, demanding, and supportive. In such schools, students feel safe in and around the school and they find teachers to be trustworthy and responsive to their academic needs. Teachers push all students toward high academic performance and the students value hard work.
Supportive Environment Indicators
- Safety: In schools with strong safety, students feel safe both in and around the school building, and while being transported to and from home.
- Academic Personalism: In schools with strong academic personalism, teachers connect with students in the classroom and support them to achieve academic goals.
- Teacher Personal Attention: In schools with strong teacher personal attention, teachers care about how students are doing in school and provide extra academic support to students.
- Student-Teacher Trust: In schools with strong student-teacher trust, students and teachers share a high level of mutual trust and respect.
- Expectations for Post-Secondary Education (High School Only): In schools with strong expectations for post-secondary education, the school expects all students to attend college and promotes college readiness.
- School-Wide Future Orientation (High School Only): In schools with strong school-wide future orientation, the school engages all students in planning for life after graduation.
|Supportive Environment Tool||Aligned Indicator(s)||Source|
|Shifting School Culture to Spark Rapid Improvement||Academic Personalism, Teacher Personal Attention, Student-Teacher Trust||The Center on School Turnaround|
|PBIS: Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports||Safety, Teacher Personal Attention, Student-Teacher Trust||PBIS|
|Social and Emotional Learning Coaching Toolkit: Keeping SEL at the Center||Safety, Teacher Personal Attention, Student-Teacher Trust||American Institutes for Research|
|Academic Personalism, Teacher Personal Attention, Student-Teacher Trust||Transforming Education|
|Post-Secondary Success Toolkit - Developing Post-Secondary Leaders||Academic Personalism, Expectations for Post-Secondary Education, Schoolwide Future Orientation||Network for College Success at The University of Chicago|