Creating A Positive School Culture

Students Empowered and Engaged: January 2015

What Kind of Classroom Culture Are You Creating?


COMING This Spring!

Opportunities to see positive school cultures in action! We are organizing building walk throughs.

  • Talk to the people doing it well
  • See what synergy around culture looks like
  • Stay tuned!

Professional learning Opportunities!

Formative Assessment with Dr. James Popham

Friday, Feb. 6th, 9am-3pm

2111 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford Township, MI

Areas of focus for the day:

  • Define the what and how of formative assessment in the classroom
  • Discuss limitations of formative assessment
  • Explore practical application in the classroom

For more information and to register, click here

Bully Free Schools Circle of Support for Learning (2 Days: 2/10 and 2/11/15)

Tuesday, Feb. 10th, 8:30am-3:30pm

2111 Pontiac Lake Rd

Waterford Township, MI

Implement a research-based approach that will ensure your school is in compliance with the new State Board of Education Sample Policy & the anti-bullying bills currently under construction in the State Legislature. Bully-Free Schools strategies have been used in schools across Michigan. Schools using these strategies have been shown to reduce bullying, harassment & other forms of peer-to-peer aggression by up to 83%.

Following are the major components:

  • Strategies to impact the behavior of students who engage in bullying and other forms of peer-to-peer aggression, including an intervention process that teaches alternative behaviors.
  • Elements of effective limits and consequences & strategies to ensure school-wide consistently.
  • Strategies to support the "targets."
  • Strategies to empower "bystanders" and change cultural norms.
  • Strategies to work with the parents of the bullies and targets.
  • Tips for implementation & integration with existing school initiatives, such as PBIS and MiBLSi.

For more information and to register, click here

Restorative Justice

Friday, March 13th, 8am-3pm

2111 Pontiac Lake Rd

Waterford Township, MI

This workshop equips school personnel with the necessary skills to facilitate the Restorative Practices Circle Process in their classrooms. By the end of this workshop participants will be able to: establish a positive community in their classroom by learning how to use the circle process in preventative ways; effectively address classroom behaviors; expand their classroom management tool belt; and improve learning.

For more information and to register, click here

Dr. Mark Brackett: Creating Emotionally Intelligent Schools

Wednesday, March 25th, 8:30am-3pm

2111 Pontiac Lake Rd

Waterford Township, MI

Creating Emotionally Intelligent Schools is an innovative and highly interactive workshop rooted in a "hard science" approach to what has historically been called "soft skills." Participants will learn how emotions impact attention, memory, decision making, performance, and one’s overall wellbeing. Participants leave with new knowledge and skills, and practical tools like the Mood Meter to build both self-awareness and a more sophisticated emotion vocabulary and the Meta-Moment to both prolong and effectively manage that crucial "space" between our emotional triggers and responses. These tools can be used immediately at school to achieve greater personal and professional success.

For more information and to register, click here


If you have school culture/PBIS artifacts to share, please let us know! We would love to hightlight your school's work here!

Continuous Improvement

  • Is your school culture team meeting regularly?
  • Are you reviewing data around student culture/behavior monthly?

Other Professional Learning

Thank you for this resource, Susan Koceski and Erika Geyman!

Positive, Supportive School Culture

School culture and student engagement are priorities of the School Quality department at Oakland Schools. Feel free to contact us with any questions.