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School Climate

School climate refers to the quality and character of school life as it relates to norms and values, interpersonal relations and social interactions, and organizational processes and structures.

School climate refers to the quality and character of school life as it relates to norms and values, interpersonal relations and social interactions, and organizational processes and structures. School climate sets the tone for all the learning and teaching done in the school environment and, as research proves, it is predictive of students’ ability to learn and develop in healthy ways.

Research proves that a positive school climate directly impacts telling indicators of success such as increased teacher retention, lower dropout rates, decreased incidences of violence, and higher student achievement.

For more information, visit The National School Climate Center

School Climate Council

Mission: The School Climate Council will develop an engaging, culturally relevant, sustainable plan that aims to promote social, emotional, and physical safety for everyone. The School Climate Council is comprised of District Leadership, Administration, Counselors, and Teachers.

Bullying/Violence Prevention

Connected and Respected

This elementary curriculum is based on the nationally recognized Resolving Conflict Creatively Program on conflict resolution and social and emotional learning. The curriculum contains 16 lessons per grade level focused on five themes: Making Connections, Emotional Literacy, Caring and Effective Communication, Cultural Competence and Social Responsibility, and Conflict Management and Responsible Decision-Making. Each lesson also includes connection to children’s literature and a listing of major curriculum standards that are addressed in the lesson. The lessons in this curriculum are specifically geared for students in K-5 classrooms.

IDEAL Program Development/Support

The IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Empathy, Advocacy, Leadership) Program lesson plans, resources, suggestions, and information was adapted from a variety of sources. The program is presented as a service to provide ideas to schools to combat instances of bullying. The minimum standard is for two 45 minute lessons per grade level (6th-12th), per semester, to be provided through Advisory, Social Studies, Language Arts, and/or Health classes. In addition, complimentary lessons and enrichment activities are included that can be used in addition to the required lessons.

District Procedural Directive

The purpose of the APS Bullying and Cyberbullying Procedural Directive is to foster a safe, respectful, and fear-free environment for all members of the school community, minimize the incidents of bullying at schools and implement a process for schools to follow if bullying occurs. Albuquerque Public Schools shall treat instances of bullying and cyberbullying equally in terms of prevention, intervention and discipline. The term bullying shall encompass the activity of cyberbullying.

Mediation

Mediation Program Development

Albuquerque Public Schools envisions a Mediation program in each of its schools. We offer training to aid in implementing a mediation program, access to materials as reference, and an ongoing Idea Exchange/Support network for school staff.

Connected and Respected

This elementary curriculum is based on the nationally recognized Resolving Conflict Creatively Program on conflict resolution and social and emotional learning. The curriculum contains 16 lessons per grade level focused on five themes: Making Connections, Emotional Literacy, Caring and Effective Communication, Cultural Competence and Social Responsibility, and Conflict Management and Responsible Decision-Making. Each lesson also includes connection to children’s literature and a listing of major curriculum standards that are addressed in the lesson. The lessons in this curriculum are specifically geared for students in K-5 classrooms.

Mental Health Awareness

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings will be offered for a limited time under a grant from a Now is the Time Project Aware Mental Health First Aid Grant.

In an 8-Hour course, participants will learn a five-step action plan to help students, community members, loved ones, colleagues, neighbors, and others cope with mental health problems.

Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Youth Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an empirically-backed public education and prevention tool – it improves the public’s knowledge of mental health problems and connects people with care for their mental health problems.

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