School Climate & Culture Design Team


TEAM GOAL: From the premise that school climate and culture heavily shape student experiences and learning outcomes in the middle grades, this Design Team aims to inspire and support educators in better understanding and advocating for youth voice in the middle grades.

Youth Voice & School Climate and Culture in the Middle Grades: Toolkit Overview
Learn about the multiple components of the toolkit, including a rationale statement, a set of stories and ideas for inspiration, and a resource bank curated to provide evidence-based best practices rooted in positive relationship development with young adolescents both in and out of school.


Youth Voice & School Climate and Culture in the Middle Grades: Rationale Statement
This intro to the toolkit helps readers understand what youth voice is, the importance of the youth voice for promoting adolescent development and their budding capabilities, and how youth voice can impact school climate and culture.


Youth Voice & School Climate and Culture in the Middle Grades: Stories & Ideas
Read about exemplary schools and organizations that illustrate the power of incorporating youth voice, and specifically how youth voice can positively impact school climate and culture.


Youth Voice & School Climate and Culture in the Middle Grades: Resource Bank
To promote positive school climate and culture, refer to this list of prompts and resources to advocate for and support the implementation of youth voice practices in schools.


Also read a post by Design Team Lead, Dimelza Gonzales-Flores, introducing the toolkit on the Youth-Nex blog entitled "Centering Youth Voice: School Climate & Culture in the Middle Grades."

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