School Climate Best Practices

Evidence-based practices are assessments, curriculum, instruction, activities, strategies and interventions derived from well-designed, peer-reviewed studies demonstrating effectiveness to meet the needs of students.

Tier 1: Universal Support

School communitites realize the prevelance of trauma and respond through social-emotional behavioral and learning practices that are evidence-based. Prevention practices are positive school supports, build resiliency, promotes positive school climate and actively works to resist retraumatization of all students. 

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Practices that PREVENT 

Maximize structure and increase engagement in social and emotional, and academic learning.

Evidence-Based Practice Training Guidance Resources

Establish School-Wide Behavior Expectations

Establishing Expectations Training Deck


Draw a Park Activity Facilitation Guide


Building Expectations Matrix Activity


Examples of Expectations Matrices

Behavior Expectations Matrix Template


Expectations Matrix Template


Draw a Park Activity Facilitation Guide


Building Expectation Matrix Activity


Establishing Expectations Training Deck


Examples of Matrices


School-wide Expectations Poster Examples


Examples of Behavior Expectations Posters

Prevention Stratgies  Strategies designed to maximize structure and increase engagement in order to prevent problematic behaviors from occurring

In-Class Breaks Protocol 


Setting Clear Expectations, Routines, and Procedures


In-Class Breaks Protocol


Building Community and Relationships


Family Engagement


Active Supervision


Calming Corner


Positive Greetings

Practices that TEACH

Formally and informally teach appropriate social & emotional behaviors, as well as, provide high-quality instruction.

Evidence-Based Practice Training Guidance Resources
Explicitly Teach Expected Behaviors 

Behavior Lesson Plan Training Deck


Kick-Off Plan


Example Elementary Expectations Video #1


Example Elementary Expectations Video #2


Example Secondary Expectations Video 

Behavior Lesson Plan Template


Kick-Off Plan

Prevention Programming Protective factors are conditions or attributes in individuals, families and communities that mitigate or eliminate risk, thereby increasing the health and well-being of children and families. Building protective factors is a fundamental building block of all school-based prevention programs.

Program Planning Guide 

Prevention Stratgies   

Teaching Classroom





Opportunities to respond




Effective redirection and warnings 

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Practices that REINFORCE

Acknowledge when students exhibit socially appropriate behavior and increased opportunity for academic feedback.

Evidence-Based Practices Training Guidance Resources

Acknowledge System

School-wide  Acknowledgement and BSP Traning Deck


Acknowledging Behaviors Protocol




Positive Reinforcements Menu Template


Acknowledgment System Procedures Template


School-wide Acknowledgement System Procedures


Positive Reinforcements Menu


Acknowledging Behaviors with BSP Protocol


School-wide Acknowledgement and BSP - Training Template


Noncontingent adult attention

Prevention Strageties   

Behavior-specific praise 


Behavior-specific praise (2)


Group Contingencies

Practices that RESPOND

Effectively respond to behaviors and gaps in learning by providing additional support.

Evidence-Based Practice  Resources/Trainings Resources
Corrective and Restorative Consequences

Dysregulated Behavior Training Deck

Restorative Discipline Approaches - Flowchart Template 


Office Discipline Referral Template


Can’t Do vs. Won’t Do

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Tier 2 Protocols, Resources, and Training Guidance coming soon! 

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Tier 3 Protocols, Resources, and Training Guidance coming soon! 

Additional Resources

OKEdge: Training Module

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Last updated on March 14, 2022