What is the Difference Between School Culture and Climate?

Many people consider these concepts of school culture and climate as interchangeable. But climate is perception-based, while culture is grounded in shared values and beliefs. In this sense, climate is how people feel in the school, and culture is a deeper sense of how people act in the school. IDRA examines school climate through policies and procedures in contrast to school culture as demonstrating how educators “do” school at each level (district, campus, classroom). This session is led by Paula Johnson, Ph.D., Director, IDRA EAC-South.

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