A successful learning environment supports students and educators as they navigate the social, emotional, and behavioral context of the school and classroom. From encouraging family engagement to setting clear expectations for behavior, educators take responsibility for a range of factors that influence student learning and motivation. IES initiatives gather data on school climate, evaluate behavioral interventions, and provide resources for promoting social and emotional well-being.
Through an IES partnership grant, SERP Institute and Baltimore City Public Schools explored ways to strengthen student perseverance in middle schools. The partnership learned that high poverty urban districts may need to support more basic student needs before grit can be cultivated. In response, they developed and tested Focus 5, a free resource to support student attention and learning.