The Climate Change


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When most people hear about a climate change they imagine the Earth facing extreme weather. However, I will be discussing a change of social experience within the education system.

As we enter a new era, the race for academic success has never been more competitive.Throughout the nation, including Indianapolis, schools are promote challenging curriculum for college readiness many with a heavy concentration in the hard sciences such as math, physics, chemistry, and biology. It is even strongly backed in school’s philosophies and mission statements. However, academic achievement is not solely gained in the classroom.

Over the past four years I have had the opportunity to work within many local schools throughout the Indianapolis area at the private and urban level.  It has taught me that social aspect student’s face in the educational realm is very critical. It teaches how to begin dealing with conflict and diversity that is both positive and negative in an effective manner.

In Indiana 76 charter schools are failing, but not due to testing alone. The schools face behavioral issues and an unbalanced school climate.The school climate refers to the quality and character of a school. It embodies the ethical, social, emotional, and civic standards within the school. In past years Indiana has consistently been ranked top in the nation for the most expulsions and 9th for suspensions.

Currently, the state of Indiana suggest the Positive Behavior Support ideology. It is a three-tier approach that offers results without actions plans. It is not supported by a state-wide initiative, making it more difficult to push PBS agenda. It has been installed since about 2004, but it along with other school climate cleanup attempts have only had a 20% success rate in 2013 with the hope of improving to 40% by the end of 2015.

The Climate Change is a 4-tier process that promotes a change of action when dealing with a school’s climate affairs in a positive and effective manner. It offers the ability to have community support, a more just discipline action, along with school wide collaboration and togetherness. It is also cost efficient, only needing time and effort.

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Purpose: To begin discovering what issues exist within the school and to lead a discussion accordingly. ● Administer a School-Wide Climate Survey ● Compose a committee of diverse members throughout the school

● Decode the survey to discover top issues

● Arrange a school-wide discussion surrounding the main issues

Purpose: Install programs for additional social support to encourage social bonding. ● Girls Inc. ● John H. Boner Community Center

● Peace Learning Center

● Retreats

● Convocations

Purpose: To resolve conflict in a positive manner. ● Restorative Justice ● Circles

● Community Service

Purpose: To create a unified value system within the school. ● Develop a School Code of Ethics that targets the social standards

*revising soon

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