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School Climate

School Climate
Leading With Collective Efficacy

Co-Publication with OPC

© 2018 | 232 pages | Corwin

Build a positive school climate to impact students, teachers, and the community!


Is improving school climate on your to-do list? Do you think about it as a top-down directive or as a dialogue to build equity within the school? A healthy school environment should never be seen as an option, but instead supported as a must-have.


Peter DeWitt offers leaders practical high impact strategies to improve school climate, deepen involvement in student learning, and engage a broader family network. In addition to international vignettes focused on community stakeholders and research-based practices, this book features tools such as:

•  A leadership growth cycle to help leaders build their self-efficacy

•  A teacher observation cycle centered on building collective efficacy

•  An early warning system to identify potential at-risk students

•  Action steps following each chapter to apply to your own setting

•  Discussion questions for use in team environments


Establishing a supportive and inclusive school climate where professionals can take risks to improve the lives of students is vital to maximize learning in any school community.

"This is a fabulous book by a renowned expert in the field of leadership. Peter DeWitt explains the complex and credible in a way that is thought-provoking, challenging and inspiring. I love how he gives insights in what successful collaborative leadership is and shows how we can all build our skills and mindset for leading towards collective efficacy."

—James Nottingham, Challenging Learning author and creator of #TheLearningPit

JN Partnership LTD, Northumberland, United Kingdom

About the Author
Introduction: A Tale of Two Leaders
Meet Tim  
Meet Trudy  
Leadership and School Climate  
Chapter 1. What Is Collaborative Leadership?
The Hattie Effect  
The Importance of Self-Efficacy  
In Pursuit of Collaboration  
What the Research Says  
Collaborative Leadership Framework  
Collaborative Leadership Growth Cycle  
In the End  
Chapter 2. School Climate: Setting Up a Safe Space to Collaborate
Why Does School Climate Matter?  
Collaborative Leadership Framework for Teachers  
Solving the Issues: Collaboration in Action  
In the End  
Chapter 3. Climate Change: Raising Student Self-Efficacy
Social-Emotional Learning  
Minoritized Populations  
The Early Warning System (EWS)  
Using the Early Warning System  
A Warning About the EWS  
In the End  
Chapter 4. Increasing Teacher Self-Efficacy
The Cycle of Collaborative Teacher Observation: A Review  
Professional Learning and Development (PLD)  
Teacher Leaders and School Climate  
Building Collective Efficacy Through Collaborative Inquiry  
Classroom Climate  
In the End  
Chapter 5. Building Collective Efficacy With Families
What Do We Expect From Families?  
Family Engagement Communication  
Do We Openly Listen to Families?  
In the End  
Chapter 6. Building Our Own Self-Efficacy
A Tale of Two Leaders  
What’s Your Mindset?  
How Do Leaders Increase Their Own Self-Efficacy?  
In the End  
Collaborative Leadership Reflection Tool  
Faculty Meeting Exit Ticket  
Teacher Efficacy Scale (Short Form)  
Collective Teacher Efficacy Scale  
Leadership Self-Efficacy Scale  

"Where am I going? How am I going? Where to next? Simple, yet aspirational questions we ask our students to answer daily, but are we ready to ask this of ourselves in relation to our leadership of school climate and collective efficacy? Peter Dewitt is comprehensive, yet succinct, producing a practical guide for developing individual and collective efficacy in an inclusive, positive school climate. Research-based strategies, thought-provoking questions and effective tools at your fingertips, ready for immediate use. If you're after a good read, that's exactly what you'll get here....but if you're after an essential resource to empower your school community through the strength of belief that they can make learning happen, you will get that and more."

Ben Walsh, Principal
Picnic Point Public School, Sydney, NSW, Australia

"Collaborative Leadership: A Collective Efficacy Approach to Improving School Climate is an impressive follow-up to DeWitt’s previous book, Collaborative Leadership: Six Influences That Matter Most. In his latest offering, DeWitt offers practical yet deep advice and strategies for improving school climate for the benefit of students, families, teachers, and administrators. Throughout the book, he communicates by seamlessly combining research with his experiences and the accounts of other professionals in the field. Many ideas can be implemented tomorrow, and DeWitt’s main points are those with which any educational leader could identify. If you are looking for a book to assist you on your journey to advancing your leadership abilities, your school, and/or your district, look no further!"

Ross Cooper, Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12
Coauthor of Hacking Project Based Learning, Apple Distinguished Educator

"School Climate: Leading With Collective Efficacy combines the research, anecdotes, reflection questions, and action steps necessary to become a high-impact, capacity-building school leader. DeWitt's style, all-at-once relatable and grounded in the work of John Hattie and so many others, will prompt readers to consider the essential aspects to our work together to be catalysts for progress in teacher, and community learning, and in student achievement."

Dennis J. Schug, Jr., Principal
Hampton Bays Middle School, Hampton Bays, NY

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