Supportive Learning Environments

To thrive as learners, students must feel safe in school and empowered in their learning environment, and they must believe that adults in the school building care about their success. While state policy cannot install positive school culture and climate, state policymakers can ensure state investments create more favorable conditions for local leaders to cultivate leaders – in schools, in communities, and among students. 

Safe and Healthy 

Promotion of local school culture and climate initiatives that address the physical, academic, social, and emotional needs of school stakeholders. 

Ensuring expanded access to wraparound supports delivered within schools and by referral to community partners. 


Developing and implementing strategies that enable students and educators greater input and agency over the learning process.   

Supported and Challenged 

Creation of a statewide framework that expands access to and assures quality of afterschool and summer learning opportunities. 

School and community leaders expand access to early college and real-world learning opportunities, e.g., Advanced Placement, apprenticeships, career pathway participation, dual enrollment, internships, summer jobs. 

Health and Neighborhood Context 

  • Percent school-aged children living in poverty 
  • Percent of uninsured children 
  • Number of substantiated child abuse or neglect cases per 1,000 residents 
  • Percent of teenagers (age 16-19) who are not in school and are not working 

School Environment 

  • Student, parent, and educator perceptions of school safety and climate 
  • Percent of students who miss more than 10 days per academic year 
  • Number of discipline incidents or referrals