8 ways to create positive energy in the school community

IMG_1365Visitors can often sense in a matter of minutes the positive or negative energy of a school.

Some schools feel welcoming, calm, and joyful. Others feel angry, stressful, and even foreboding.

Fortunately, administrators and teacher leaders can influence the energy and emotional tone of classrooms, schools, and school systems.

Here are 8 suggestions for creating positive energy:

1. Bring authentic positive emotions such as enthusiasm, hopefulness, and joy into the school community.

2. Use  formal and informal processes to celebrate the accomplishments and strengths of everyone in the school community.

3. Honor those who are not present by refusing to engage in gossip and other negative interactions.

4. Make certain that all meetings are engaging and productive.

5. Ensure that professional development produces meaningful professional learning by putting an end to “mindless” professional  development.

6. Make certain that all requests are carefully considered before making promises, and that once made, those promises are kept.

7. Whenever possible, use careful planning to prevent or minimize problems and the stress they cause.

8. Maintain an unwavering focus and consistency by ensuring that continuous improvement efforts are based on a compelling vision, communitywide values, and clear long-term goals and strategies.

What ideas or practices would you add to this list?

12 Responses to “8 ways to create positive energy in the school community”


  1. 1 Melissa September 26, 2013 at 8:10 am

    A great smile goes a long way!

    • 2 Dennis Sparks September 26, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Thanks for adding that idea to the list, Melissa. A smile is particularly powerful when it expresses genuine pleasure or happiness.

  2. 3 Syndee September 26, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Take the time to write a thank you…if you don’t, you won’t. Be intentional.

  3. 5 Sherry Thompson (@sherrybast) September 26, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    This post should be titled, “How to be an Awesome Learning Support Teacher”. I like the part about following through on requests. Building trust is so important.

  4. 7 Sandhyakakkar September 27, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Creating a positive aura by having positive colours in the room , fresh flowers, soothing music in background, ergonomic furniture, and open spaces .

  5. 9 Kent Peterson November 19, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Yes, bring JOY to schools. This is wonderful and meaningful work. It should be JOYFUL too.

  6. 11 Suzanne June 10, 2015 at 7:32 am

    you continue to inspire me and remind me what matters – thanks!


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