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Culture and Climate Study

The Glenbrook High School District 225 School Climate page offers our community information compiled from students, staff, and families through surveys and focus groups, School Climate Leadership Team collaborative meetings and observational data collected by our consultants. The district is taking an honest look at where we are and developing a plan to move forward and make improvements where they are truly needed. As this important work continues, the district is committed to keeping our community informed and engaged.

Next Steps

Having analyzed the collected data and identified broad recommended areas for development, the school climate leadership teams will support their schools in action planning and implementation during the Summer and Fall of 2023. This process will necessarily include broader involvement from stakeholders in the  school communities.


The district administration and the Board of Education needed to choose a process that included opportunities for input at all levels. The district hired the National School Climate Center (NSCC) to assist with data collection and the School Climate Leadership Team (SCLT) meetings. NSCC used two surveys to gather feedback. Students, families and staff completed the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI). The school climate sets the tone for all the learning and teaching done in the school environment and predicts students’ ability to learn and develop healthily. The Leadership Practices and Professional Relationships (LPPR) survey completed by staff members measures school climate, values, practices, resources, staff voice and confidence in building and district administration.

After completing the two surveys, interested staff members from all district buildings participated in focus groups to dive deeper into the survey data. Additionally, each school received a school climate observation walk-through, which collected data on structures, relationships, behaviors and engagements in the school communities. The most comprehensive part of the process was the work done by members of the SCLTs. The volunteer student, staff, and parents participated in team-building activities before reviewing the data and developing vision statements and recommendations that will be the foundation for future work.


School climate improvement is illustrated as a cyclical 5 stage model.The stages of this model are:

Timeline of Culture and Climate Study

  • February 2022: Board of Education and administration agreed that a Comprehensive School Climate Study would benefit the district
  • June 8, 2022: Project kick-off meeting with the administrative team and National School Climate Center (NSCC)
  • September 2022: School Climate Leadership Team (SCLT) members chosen
  • September 28 and 29: SCLT kickoff meetings
  • October 24-26: School Climate Observations at three campuses conducted by NSCC
  • October 2022: School Climate Leadership Team meetings
  • October 27-November 6: Surveys were available for completion
  • November 14-17: Focus Groups
  • October 2022 - May 2023: Monthly SCLT meetings
  • March 2023: Process presentation to Board of Education
  • May 2023: Presentations of Findings to Campuses
  • May 22, 2023: Presentation of Findings to Board of Education


During the 2022-2023 school year, members of the School Climate Leadership Teams (SCLT) reviewed the collected data to identify patterns, strengths, and areas for development. Using the data to compose school climate vision statements for each district stakeholder group, the teams presented the critical areas identified and outlined broad recommendations to guide the next steps.

The survey data that the teams reviewed is provided below.

The presentation provided by members of the School Climate Leadership Teams at the school board meeting on May 22, 2023, offers an in-depth summation of the process and results.

SCLTs' Presentation to the Board of Education