Culture & Climate

Student success hinges on more than just a curriculum: it also depends upon healthy learning environments that nurture students’ senses of belonging and identity as well as their social, emotional, and academic growth. Education Northwest can support you in building a more equitable, inclusive climate that centers students’ social and emotional well-being and fully integrates trauma-informed, culturally responsive practices. Our team will personalize support to meet your needs, whether you want to conduct a needs assessment, evaluate existing policies, or train your staff on evidence-based practices to support students, families, and educators.

Social Emotional Learning

A high-quality learning environment will equip students and teachers with the skills and supports they need to succeed. Whether you’re just getting started with SEL or want to measure the success of an existing program, the Education Northwest team can help you identify evidence-based practices, engage in data-driven decision-making, and support your staff in implementing practices faithfully and effectively.

School Climate

Safe, supportive school climates are an important foundation for student success. We partner with schools and districts to assess school environments through an equity lens, focusing on everything from equitable school discipline policies to trusting student-teacher relationships. With experience in schools and youth-serving programs, our team is an effective partner in developing practical solutions that can meaningfully improve your students’ educational experiences.

Trauma-Informed Practices

To create an equitable space, education leaders must provide intentional care and support for students who have been impacted by adverse childhood and other traumatic experiences such as oppression. Our team can support educators and school staff in understanding and providing a trauma-informed approach. We have extensive experience creating tools and facilitating trainings on trauma-informed practices that will build capacity for your entire school community.


Contact - Julie Petrokubi

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Julie leads organizational efforts to create more engaging, equitable learning environments. Her recent work includes a research-practice partnership to scale project-based learning across two school districts and a landscape scan of SEL in Washington. An experienced facilitator, Julie also provides SEL training for a cohort of district teams in Washington and leads a partnership with the Multnomah County SUN Community Schools around culturally responsive SEL and school-community partnerships.
Julie Petrokubi; Senior Advisor
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