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The Pennsylvania Principals Association is seeking articles for its Spring 2019 theme issue, "Building a Positive School Climate." Defining ‘school climate’ is daunting, particularly when it is interchanged with ‘school culture.’ Therefore, the following definition was selected to represent the type of articles we are looking for in this issue.
“Educational practitioners and researchers have increasingly recognized the importance of the context in which learning occurs, particularly the influence of school climate on students’ academic, social and emotional outcomes. School climate is based on the subjective experiences of school life for students, staff members, school leaders, parents and the entire school community. A school’s climate reflects its norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices and organizational structures. A large body of evidence connects a positive school climate to improvements in children’s learning and healthy development.” Berkowitz, R., Iachini, A., Moore, H., Capp, G., Astor, R., Pitner, R. and Benbenishty, R. (February 27, 2017). School Climate. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Ed. Retrieved Nov. 19, 2018, from http://education.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.001.0001/acrefore-9780190264093-e-89
We are seeking articles that expand on specific practices that help to create a more connected school environment between and among all constituents, along with the evidence you have that informs effectiveness.
Articles should focus on one of the following:
To submit an article for the theme issue, please send it to Sheri Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 8, 2019. Articles should be no longer than 1,500 words, and must be submitted as a Word document. A biographical sketch and a high resolution (300 dpi is preferred), color photograph of the author(s) (saved as a JPEG or PNG file) must accompany all articles. Authors who have articles approved for publication in this issue will be invited to join us for an Ask the Author LIVE Webinar in late May or early June.
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