Communities are often defined by their schools and churches. As a school, we want to make this a great place. Our community demands it. And, that starts with the adults. At K. Smith, one of our core values is:
We want our school to be a safe, healthy, supportive, and nurturing environment for the whole community.
Wanting a supportive school matters, but how do we know? Capturing data on school culture is a challenge many schools face. Day-to-day the positive culture may be obvious. Though, tracking that progress is something we can do as a New Tech Network School. We participate three times annually in school culture surveys to ask students how we are doing and use their feedback to continuously improve. We get valuable data from students to keep us informed and help us revise future goals.
This blog is a ten-day series by Aaron Brengard, Principal of Katherine Smith Elementary School in San Jose, Ca as part of the New Tech Network Back-to-School series. Katherine Smith School is a public, neighborhood New Tech elementary school in the Evergreen School District in San Jose, CA.