Putting the Pieces Together: Building a Positive School Climate for All


  • October 13, 2016 - October 18, 2016
  • Sacramento (10/13):

    Courtyard Sacramento Cal Expo; Sacramento, CA

    Ontario (10/18):

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Ontario Airport; Ontario, CA


    Questions? Contact Rebeca Cerna: rcerna@wested.org

Putting the Pieces Together: Building a Positive School Climate for All


Note that this free event will be repeated; select the date and location that works for you and choose the appropriate registration link on the left side of this page.

What creates a safe and supportive school climate for all students and adults? How can an equity lens strengthen school climate? District and site administrators, intervention specialists, school principals and teacher leaders, counselors, and community-based organization staff are invited to attend this free event that will address issues of school climate and equity and offer opportunities to learn from experts and colleagues about promising implementation practices. While all are welcome, teams of 3 or more are encouraged to attend in order to take full advantage of the day's activities.

This one-day event will feature keynote speaker Gregory Peters, head of the San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools; stories of student perspectives on school climate; and breakout and roundtable sessions sharing practical tools and strategies for uncovering inequities in school climate and ways to address them. Specific topics include:

  • Using new tools from REL West for understanding school climate data
  • Engaging underrepresented families in improving school climate
  • Building positive teacher, staff, and student relationships
  • Implementing restorative practices
  • Understanding the impacts of trauma and community violence on schools

As a result of their participation in this event, attendees will: 

  • Become familiar with the causes and consequences of disparities in school climate outcomes. 
  • Learn how different types of data are used to identify inequities in school climate.
  • Hear about and share promising practices to support positive school climate.

This event is co-sponsored by REL West at WestEd, the Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd, and the California Comprehensive Center at WestEd.

Who Should Attend

District and site administrators, school principals and teacher leaders, intervention specialists, counselors, and community-based organization staff.

Keynote Speaker

Photo: Gregory PetersGregory Peters is a school reform leader with experience working on both local and national efforts. As principal of San Francisco’s Leadership High School, Peters and his teachers created a National Demonstration and Mentor School that made progress in closing the racial achievement gap. He now leads The San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools, which is committed to interrupting and transforming systemic educational inequities to ensure all students have access to personalized, equitable, and high performing schools. Peters facilitates equity-focused, educational transformation throughout the nation. His instructional expertise and leadership in curriculum and school design, data-based inquiry, and equity-centered professional development have resulted in a number recognitions including CESN’s “Commitment to Equity Award” and CANEC’s “Innovations in Excellence Award.” Peters earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Social Justice from California State University East Bay.