I find that a great place to start is here on The Sandbox! In addition to learning about the benefits of positive social environments, you can get a ton of great ideas through the blogs and resources on psychologically safe and healthy workplaces—two great ones being a blog by Brian Torrance and another by Dr. Candace Nykiforuk. There is also an abundance of resources on promoting positive mental health in the school environment on the Canadian Mental Health Association’s website.
Furthermore, if you’re wanting to start an initiative that benefits both staff and students or innovate further with your school’s positive social environment, consider applying for a grant through the new WellAhead Student Wellbeing for Systems Change Fund or from The Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund.
Feel free to chime in if you have other success stories on what has worked well in your school district.