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Survey: Is Your School an Emotionally Safe Place?

EducationWorld is pleased to present this professional development resource shared by Dr. Jane Bluestein, an expert in relationship-building, positive school climate and effective instruction.

emotionally safe schools Use Dr. Bluestein's Is Your School and Emotionally Safe Place? survey to evaluate the degree to which your school is committed to promoting students' social and emotional well-being. This tool, which can be a great staff conversation starter, includes the following sections:

  • Need for Meaningful Outcomes (Positive Consequences), Structure, Boundaries (Limits) and Follow-Through
  • Need for Respect, Belonging and Dignity
  • Need for Autonomy (Power and Control)
  • Need for Recognition, Attention and Emotional Safety
  • Need for Options as a Learner (Individuality)
  • Need for Success (Academic, Social, Intrapersonal)

Consider how your school measures up in each area, in terms of its philosophy or vision, as well as the degree to which the behaviors described in each survey item regularly occur in actual practice. You can rate each item for an individual classroom, or according to your perception of the school environment as a whole.

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Also from Dr. Bluestein:
Accommodating Student Sensory Differences
The Art of Setting Boundaries
Tips for Positive Parent Interaction

About Dr. Bluestein

Dr. Jane Bluestein is a speaker, trainer and specialist in programs and resources related to relationship building, effective instruction and personal development.

She is an award-winning author whose books include Creating Emotionally Safe Schools, High School’s Not Forever, 21st Century Discipline, The Win-Win Classroom and many others. In addition, she has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Dr. Bluestein, formerly a classroom teacher, crisis-intervention counselor and teacher training program coordinator, currently heads Instructional Support Services, Inc., a consulting and resource firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Visit her Web site to access free resources, order books, read her blog and more.


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