Supportive Learning Environments

To thrive as learners, students must feel safe in school and empowered in their learning environment. They must believe that adults in the building care about their success. District and school leaders should implement whole-child strategies that meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs.

Safety, Health, and Well-Being

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 Students

Creation of a statewide framework that expands access to quality 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