The School Climate Transformation Project (SCTP) is an initiative designed to provide support to School Safety/School Climate Teams (SS/SCT) in K-12 New Jersey schools in developing a positive and inclusive school climate. SCTP consultants support school leadership teams in using the New Jersey School Climate Survey (NJSCS) to drive systems change to address school climate needs. Teams take part in SCTP trainings and customized consultations as part of an overall school climate improvement process that involves developing and implementing a data-driven School Climate Improvement Plan (SCIP).
What is School Climate?
School climate relates to the physical, academic, and social aspects of school life and the conditions for student learning. Students, staff, and families experience school climate, which “reflects the norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching, learning and leadership practices, and organizational structures” within the environment (National School Climate Council, 2007, p. 5). There is growing evidence that school climate influences various aspects of student academic, social, and emotional life.