School Climate Is a Leader’s #1 Job

Mar 9, 2021

12:30pm – 1:15pm CT

***To ensure an engaging and productive conversation, attendance will be capped at 30 people. The Zoom link will be available on this page 5 minutes before the session start time. Please note, clicking the “Register” button does NOT guarantee access, as attendees will be let in from the waiting room on a first come, first served basis.*** In challenging times, it’s not technology or curriculum that holds everyone together — it’s a positive school climate where teachers feel valued and trusted and where students feel cared for and seen. Creating a supportive environment is the chief responsibility of the school leader, and adult and student learning can only soar once they get this right. More art than science, it’s not a skill taught in most training programs. So how do good leaders do it? What does it look like in practice?

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photo of Shahveer Dhalla
Shahveer Dhalla

Arlington High School, Arlington ISD

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Melanie Patterson

Arlington High School, Arlington ISD

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Lindsay Whorton

The Holdsworth Center