This episode is part 2 of a series we are running called “What Great Schools Do”. In this series, we will discuss different aspects, the actions that are taken, and the ideas that ensure success in high performing schools.
What is a great school? We are defining it as a school where student outcomes in both learning and life are positively impacted. Where because of the school and the actions that it takes, students make progress.
There is no way that I have captured all the elements that go into making a good school, so please don’t think that if your idea is not in this list, that it is not important. Rather, this is a series that reflects my thinking right now and will certainly evolve over time.
For our second aspect of What Great Schools Do, I focus on creating schools where students want to be. I speak about different aspects of creating schools that are welcoming to students by discussing the following areas: relationships, academic engagement, fun, safety, fairness & equity, and voice.
- The Third Path: A Relationship-Based Approach to Student Well-being and Achievement by Dr. David Tranter, Lori Carson, & Tom Boland
- Relationships by American Institutes for Research
- School Connectedness: Improving Students’ Lives by Dr. Robert Blum
- The benefits of bonding at every age by Dr. Paul Schwartz
- Kids These Days by Dr. Jody Carrington
- What is Student Engagement and Why is it Important? by Jonathan Martin and Amada Torres
- School Engagement: Potential of the Concept, State of the Evidence by Jennifer A Fredricks, Phyllis C Blumenfeld, Alison H Paris
- Joy in School by Steven Wolk
- 10 Insights to Enhance the Joy of Learning by Scott Barry Kaufman
- No grammar schools, lots of play: the secrets of Europe’s top education system by Patrick Butler
- Bullying in Schools and What to Do About It by Dr. Ken Rigby
- Dreamkeepers by Gloria Ladson-Billings
- How Does an Equity Audit Work? By Sarah D. Sparks
- Canadian Positive Psychology Association
- The New Era of Positive Psychology by Dr. Martin Seligman (video)
- THE GEELONG GRAMMAR SCHOOL POSITIVE EDUCATION MODEL
- Why Student Voice Matters by Susan Groundwater-Smith
- Giving Students a Voice by Leah Shafer