Five Resources to Create a Positive Classroom Culture


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A positive classroom culture is essential to supporting the whole child and ensuring that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. If your students haven’t had a meal since the previous day’s lunch, how can we expect them to fully focus? If students don’t feel safe, will they have the confidence to speak up when they need extra help? If they don’t feel engaged, how will they connect to the material in a meaningful and significant way? If every student is expected to learn the same way, will they ever feel important? Finally, if they don’t feel challenged, will they ever realize their full potential?

ASCD has taken the guessing out of creating a positive culture for your students by compiling a variety of professional development resources to support you in improving your classroom culture and promoting continuous growth and achievement. Dive into some of our books and online resources and create the healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged classroom culture that every student deserves.

5 Resources to Create a Positive Classroom CultureProfessional Development Books

How to Create a Culture of Achievement in Your School and Classroom—Teacher leaders Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Ian Pumpian believe that no school improvement effort will be effective unless school culture is addressed. Drawing on their years of experience in the classroom, they identify five pillars that are critical to building a culture of achievement. In addition, they provide 19 action research tools that will help educators enable success for all students.

Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success—McREL expert Bryan Goodwin presents a practical, research-based framework for improving student achievement and identifies five essential practices that can vastly increase students’ chances of succeeding in school. Whether at the district, school, or classroom level, educators will find a valuable blueprint for turning knowledge into visible results.

PD Online Courses

Bullying: Taking Charge, 2nd edition—In this second edition PD Online Course, educators will learn practical tools for confronting and preventing bullying. Through video examples, in-depth readings, and problem-solving scenarios, users will learn how to recognize and detect bullying, address bullying with the bully as well as the victim, discuss bullying with students through classroom activities, and implement a communitywide bullying intervention program.

Embracing Diversity: Effective Teaching—Through this PD Online Course, participants will consider the importance of building respect for racial and multicultural diversity, as well as how to combat gender and sexual bias through curriculum activities. Educators will explore ways to build learning environments that embrace diversity and learn practical tools for building respect for all students.

PD In Focus

The Art of Science of Teaching—This PD In Focus® channel presents a comprehensive framework for effective teaching that consists of three major focus areas and ten design questions, all of which are powerfully interconnected as part of the art and science of great teaching. Visit to browse all PD In Focus channels.

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