Climate and Culture Capstone: School Culture Advocacy through Educator-Driven Leadership

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Climate and Culture Capstone: School Culture Advocacy through Educator-Driven Leadership

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PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS: Enrolling in this course requires the completion of several prerequisite requirements to become a Certified School Culture Advocate through Safe Schools Academy. Details on those prerequisite requirements can be found at

Course description: There is a growing appreciation to improve the quality of students’ entire K12 educational experience, from norms, values, relationships, teaching and learning, civic and social engagement, safety, and overall wellness. This holistic understanding of student life in schools is referred to as school climate and culture. According to the National School Climate Center, positive school climate and culture reduces student absenteeism and dropout rates while increase academic achievement and overall wellness.  However, improving districtwide school climate and culture is challenging, as there are a myriad of factors and barriers that prevent students from feeling safe, supported, and welcomed in classrooms and schools.

The purpose of this course is to provide research-based best practices for building a positive school climate and culture. Completing the coursework will provide participants with the necessary tools to create welcoming spaces for underrepresented populations, engage students in civic and social dialogue, and ensure that all students feel safe and supported in school. Participants will analyze school climate and culture through a variety of perspectives, understand the unique needs of individual districts, and identify the systems and structures that prevent all students from succeeding. Participants will learn how to improve school culture through the cultivation of effective stakeholder partnerships, purposeful professional development, and modelling advocacy to student leaders and fellow educators.

Participants will integrate learning from prerequisite courses to highlight the barriers in developing a positive school climate and culture, and they will synthesize strategies for overcoming these challenges. At the end of the course, participants will be required to develop a Capstone Project to implement their new understandings in their classrooms, schools, and districts.

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This is a 3-credit course.

Upcoming sections:
February 23, 2020 - April 25, 2020
June 7, 2020 - August 8, 2020
September 20, 2020 - November 21, 2020

Course Fees (πŸ”πŸ“ FLASH SALE! $105 License Renewal and $405 Grad Credit now through 9/20! πŸ”πŸ“)

License Renewal - $105
Para credit - $105
Graduate Credit - $405

If you have any questions or would like to pay with a check, please contact or call 515.381.0588.

Graduate Credit Policy
Participants are limited to 12 graduate credits per semester (Fall, Spring, Summer).

Cancellation/Refund Policy
All course cancellations or requests to change credit type must be received in writing or electronically at least fourteen days prior to the class start date. All refunds requested before this deadline will be subject to a $40 cancellation fee per course cancelled. No refunds will be issued on cancellations received after this deadline, however, we can move you to a future session of the same course if possible. Iowa Safe Schools reserves the right to cancel any course in the event of insufficient registration, in which case a full refund will be issued. Cancelled courses may be rescheduled at a later date.

Sale Policy
Sales are honored only during the dates the sale is active at the time of your registration. We do not honor current sales for previously registered or completed courses.

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