School Climate & Support Overview
Saint Paul Public Schools recognizes the importance of supporting the improvement of school climate and increasing supports to students and staff across the district. School climate is vital for SPPS to provide a premier education for all.
The Department of School Climate and Support (DSCS) is working, in partnership with stakeholders, to improve learning environments for all members of the SPPS community. Through the alignment of existing supports, increased community partnerships and defined evidence-based practices, we are striving for a safe and welcoming environment for all.
By demonstrating honesty, trust, and loyalty in how we interact with one another, DSCS will build reciprocal support and accountability for developing positive school climate where accelerating students’ learning, eliminating the racialized achievement gap and meeting professional and personal goals is essential.
Existing supports include:
- Standardization of Student Assistance Teams
- Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports
- Trauma Informed Schools Work
- Student Support Staff (Counselors, Social Workers, Nurses, Psychologists)
- School Based Mental Health Services
- Evidence Based Practices for Social Emotional Learning
The DSCS will use research based practices and data based on the Programmatic Cycle, which includes:
- Needs Assessment
- Set targets/goals
- Develop Program
- Implement with Fidelity
- Program Evaluation
Minnesota Department of Education recognizes 12 SPPS schools for PBIS workPosted by Saint Paul Public Schools at 6/12/2017 9:00:00 AM
Twelve SPPS schools have been recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) as 2016-17 Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Sustaining Exemplar schools. Schools who received this recognition were required to have three years of PBIS implementation, documented action plans and completed specific fidelity assessments. While all SPPS schools are implementing PBIS, these 12 schools have met rigorous standards, participated in the MDE application process and have shared their PBIS journey with other schools.
Here is a list of SPPS schools recognized by MDE:
- Battle Creek Middle School
- Como Park Elementary School
- Farnsworth Aerospace Lower Campus PK-4
- Farnsworth Aerospace Upper Campus 5-8
- Highland Park Middle School
- Highwood Hills Elementary School
- Linwood Monroe Arts Plus Upper Campus
- Linwood Monroe Arts Plus Lower Campus
- Murray Middle School
- Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet School
- Saint Paul Music Academy
- Washington Technology Magnet School
Together, we can strengthen safety in our schools through a network of relationships, services, organizations and community members. Safe schools start with you!
The Essence of Restorative Practices
The essence of restorative practices is disarmingly simple: that human beings are happier, more productive and more likely to make positive changes in their behaviour when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them.
adapted from Wachtel 2004
A School with Positive Climate is ...
A place where everyone can thrive;
- All voices are heard
- Experience positive relationships
- Mistakes are an opportunity for growth
- We do not feel invisible
- Everyone feels safe and respected
- We honor power with, not power over
--Presented at the May 2016 Board of Education meeting by members of the St. Paul Public Schools' Student Engagement and Advancement Board (SEAB)