Foundational Support #3

Students enter schools that provide an environment conducive to learning.

A growing body of research points to the importance of an environment conducive to learning in impacting positive student development and academic outcomes. Such an environment goes well beyond physical safety and includes elements such as strong relationships and a connectedness to school. Click here for a summary of recent research.

• Working with Department of Public Safety to provide school safety plan template, other resources

• Supporting 21st century schools that provide customized learning opportunities for students

• Exploring the use of a climate survey to inform our accountability system and help schools to address gaps


For additional information, contact the South Dakota Department of Education
at (605) 773-3134.