School Culture and Climate

What is School and Classroom Culture?

The term school culture generally refers to the beliefs, perceptions, relationships, attitudes, and written and unwritten rules that shape and influence every aspect of how a school functions, but the term also encompasses more concrete issues such as the physical and emotional safety of students, the orderliness of classrooms and public spaces, or the degree to which a school embraces and celebrates racial, ethnic, linguistic, or cultural diversity.

At Oakland Schools, we believe thinking and learning should be the focus; any and all roadblocks to that end should be intentionally removed.  


Support for School and Classroom Culture at Oakland Schools

Oakland Schools believes that learning happens within the context of the district, building and classroom culture; the culture teaches and culture counts. A variety of consultants are available for consultation, resources and professional learning.  In addition, Oakland Schools supports of variety of related projects.

Positive, Supportive School Culture Series (PBIS)


What We Are Reading Now

  • Dilts, R.B. (2014) A Brief History of Logical Levels of Change .      
  • Katz, S. and Dack, L.  (2013).  Intentional Interruption:  Breaking Down  Learning Barriers to Transform Professional Practice.   Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin.
  • Palmer, P.J. (2007) The Courage To Teach.  San Francisco:  Wiley.
  • Palmer, P.J. (2007) The  Courage to Teach Guide for Reflection and Renewal.San Francisco:  Wiley.
  • Ritchhart, Ron (2015). Creating Cultures of Thinking:  The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools,  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.
  • Shirky, Clay (2012 )  Community:  A Brief History of Participatory Culture.

School-Wide Frameworks


Classroom Culture