Office of School Climate

The Climate Office monitors and works to improve the educational experience so that it provides maximum opportunity for all students in DJUSD.  The Climate Coordinator is charged with providing district leadership with ways to understand the distance between District aspirations to be an environment for learning that is safe and welcoming to all and the day to day experiences of students, staff and families.  The Climate Coordinator is responsible for supporting district staff, and recommending and piloting ways to address structural oppression and to enhance school climate, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Native American Students and Families

Are you the parent of a student who is  enrolled in a Native American tribe or has a parent or grandparent who is enrolled in a Federally- or State-recognized tribe?  If so, you can support the District's ongoing development of the Native American Education and Title VI Program by submitting an ED 506 Eligibility Form.  If your child has Native American heritage but is not enrolled in a recognized tribe, and you would like for them to participate in the Native American Education Program, fill out this Family Participation Form. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Monica Shiel or the Climate Office

April 2021 - Public Forum for 2021-2022 Title VI Native American Education Program Plan April 28

Davis Joint Unified School District announces that there will be a Public Forum for the American Indian Education Program to solicit input for the 2021-22 Title VII proposal for funding. The Forum will be held remotely, on Zoom, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6:30 pm. If you wish to attend, please email Monica Shiel no later than Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5pm to obtain the Zoom link.

March 2021 - Asian and Asian American Resources
Recent events of harm against people of Asian heritage—which are but the latest examples of historic and ongoing anti-Asian racism in the US
highlight a need for all of us to expand our efforts to understand the culture, history and present experiences of Asian and Asian Americans in ways that continue to broaden all of our anti-racist
efforts and to ensure schools environments are conducive to learning for all.

Climate Coordinator
The position of Climate Coordinator was created to guide the Climate Committees, to keep the District apprised of school climate, and to recommend ways to address climate issues, such as changing policy, implementing programs, and supporting professional development.

The Climate Office administers the bi-annual California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) and the annual Youth Truth Survey, and oversees the Restorative Practices programs of the District.

The Climate Coordinator initiates and supports activities to promote inclusion of students, staff, and families of marginalized groups, such as socio-economically disadvantaged families, African heritage, Native heritage, and other students. The Climate Coordinator sometimes works directly with families, students, and staff.

District Council of Climate Committees
The District Council of Climate Committees meets two to three times each year so that school climate committees, principals and the public can share initiatives and projects, and so that the work of the committees is calibrated with the Climate Office and District priorities.
History of the Climate Office
Climate Committees were instituted in Davis Schools in 2003, on the 20th anniversary of a terrible event on the Davis High School campus, when a Vietnamese immigrant student, Thong Hy Hyunh, lost his life in what was deemed a racially motivated attack by another student. The Board of Education created the model of Climate Committees  in order to pro-actively develop a positive school climate at each school in a way that involves all members of the school community.

Over the years the activities of the Climate Office have included research and implementation of climate surveys, the introduction of key understandings such as intersectionality and trauma-informed schools, development of policies and programs, development of multicultural calendars and resources, and the implementation of comprehensive initiatives such as restorative practices. 

Previous Climate Coordinators inlcude:
Mel Lewis
Mikael Villalobos
Multiracial Hands in a CircleStudents speak to community at We All Belong Forum

Kate Snow

Climate Coordinator

Office Address
526 B Street 
Davis, CA 95616

Office Phone
(530)757-5300 x108