Climate and Culture Task Force
The Greendale Schools Climate and Culture Task Force was formed in October 2012 to address harassment in the community and schools. The Task Force is made up of parents, teachers, administrators, staff, and community members. The Task Force also includes several middle and high-school students.
The Climate and Culture Task Force is charged with assessing and understanding the current situation, and within that context, proposing solutions to issues and challenges related to harassment and make recommendations for solving issues.
Task Force Members:
Dr. Nancy Athanasiou
Dr. John Tharp
Culture and Climate at Greendale Schools
Greendale Schools works to develop students intellectually as well as socially and supports emotional growth in each individual student. Character education is an integral component of our curriculum at all levels:
Elementary - Canterbury/College Park/Highland View: CARE
CARE stands for Community, Attitude, Respect, and Empathy. The program was implemented in Greendale elementary schools in 2007. The integration of the CARE philosophy into the elementary school curriculum allows for “real world” application by students so understanding and exhibiting these traits becomes a natural part of each student’s life. The overall goal is to build intrinsic motivation in students to give of themselves without wanting anything in return and to help our children become responsible citizens.
Each school develops its CARE themes primarily through weekly lessons and class meetings led by teachers. Staff model expected behavior and use common language with the students in the context of monthly character trait topics. Students give examples of positive behavior during weekly announcements and monthly assemblies. Each building has a bulletin board that explains the CARE philosophy and provides examples of students who exemplify CARE behavior.
Students receive support in making appropriate decisions and understanding community connections through classroom work, common expectations, teacher and staff support, and parent communications.
Greendale Middle School: PRIDE
Greendale Middle School’s PRIDE Program (Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Diligence, and Empathy) was launched in 2007 and is the foundation of the culture of the school community. PRIDE is integrated into the many aspects of the curriculum. This character education helps foster a learning environment where students are compassionate and respectful to the world around them and assists them in developing the skills and traits necessary to contribute positively to our society.
PRIDE envelopes the entire school climate and incorporates student voice into the decisions about how this program is implemented each year at the school. Teachers infuse the PRIDE traits into their curriculum and discussions with their students. Issues that are current and relevant to our society and the lives of our students are discussed. PRIDE meetings have been used to discuss issues related to bullying, including providing students with different scenarios and discussion of steps that can be taken to address these issues. This curriculum and programming aligns with the recommendations of the District’s Culture and Climate Task Force report.
Greendale High School: LACE
LACE – Leadership Academy for Character Education is implemented through a partnership with Alverno College. LACE is emerging as a strategy to universally develop positive character in high school students. LACE principles integrate leadership and character education into the learning environment and curriculum. Through guest presenters, case studies, and site visits, students and staff are educated to understand and appreciate how their choices and actions affect the greater good around them.
LACE programming develops and evolves regularly and includes the insights of students, staff, parents, and community members to create parent and community education, staff development, and student-led culture and climate programs. Examples of LACE initiatives include the GHS student advisory group working to establish a student-led positive school climate group, all-school assemblies and activities that introduce strategies for responding in social situations and on an individual basis, and updating student and parent handbooks with clear language regarding identifying and reporting harassing behaviors to school authorities.
The Greendale Schools anonymous, online reporting system, SaferSchools, allows individuals to report situations of bullying, harassment, and illegal activity.
The Greendale Assistance Program (GAP) promotes a positive and healthy environment for youth through the efforts of school, family and community working together. GAP works to create this environment through prevention, education, intervention, and alternative activities organized by the group in conjunction with parents, staff and numerous student groups. The program has existed at Greendale Schools for more than thirty years but has been in its present form since 1998.
These efforts are in place to ensure a safe, education-focused environment that fosters the growth and understanding of responsible citizens and allows students to benefit to the fullest from the educational and co-curricular opportunities offered at Greendale High School.