Policymakers and school leaders are focusing intently on the full range of factors that contribute to an academically successful school climate—strong peer and student-teacher relationships, effective and positive ways to address student misbehavior, supports for social and emotional development, and the involvement of parents and community groups. These issues are at the heart of the 2013 edition of Education Week’s Quality Counts report: Code of Conduct: Safety, Discipline, and School Climate.
College Summit partner high school Central Park East in New York, City is featured in “Student Peer Leadership Can Help Boost School Climate” along with Peer Leaders and educators. A video was also created about Peer Leader Elvira Quintero and her support of students on the college-going pathway:
In the Quality Counts article about school environment, J.B. Schramm discusses students leadership:
“In most of the strong school reform models, you see a focus on school leaders, educators, data, standards—but you seldom see students as part of the reform strategy. The progress we can make with students on the sidelines is terribly limited,” says J.B. Schramm, the founder of the Washington-based College Summit, which uses students to encourage one another to attend college.
“Students are not vessels to be filled with knowledge at schools,” he says. “They can drive change.” Read more here.