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Start School with Breakfast: A Guide to Increasing School Breakfast Participation

National Education Association Health Information Network, n.d. (PDF, 56 pgs.)

This guide is a publication from National Education Association Health Information Network and Share Our Strength that seeks to promote alternative breakfast service models—breakfast in the classroom, grab n’ go and 2nd chance breakfast, among others—to educators, school professionals and those associated with the school community.  Within the guide is information about the benefits of school breakfast, new ways to increase school breakfast participation, useful tools for advocates and success stories from other districts. 

Ending Childhood Hunger: A Social Impact Analysis

Share Our Strength, 2013. (PDF, 10 pgs.)

This report, conducted by Deloitte and the No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices, shows that federal programs like school breakfast are important in the fight to end childhood hungry. Using third party studies and publicly available data, the report provided frameworks to connect outcomes from the School Breakfast Program with long-term benefits. The analysis shows there are dramatic potential impacts associated with the simple act of feeding kids a healthy school breakfast, including positive, large-scale outcomes in education, economics and health.

Expanding Your School Breakfast Program

United States Department of Agriculture, 2012. (web resource)

The School Breakfast Toolkit provides you with information to help promote and expand School Breakfast Programs as a way of supporting positive outcomes for children. Many of the materials included on this website are designed to be customized. You can download PowerPoint files, information sheets, letters, and marketing materials and modify them to suit your specific needs.

School Climate Practices for Implementation and Sustainability

National School Climate Center, 2013. (PDF, 56 pgs.)

The National School Climate Center (NSCC) School Climate Practice Briefs for Implementation and Sustainability present the latest in research and best practice for effective school climate reform from leading education experts. The 11 issues selected to be included in this set of practice briefs are based on NSCC’s decade-long work with the entire academic community—teachers, staff, school-based mental health professionals, students and parents—to improve a climate for learning. The briefs provide meaningful and relevant guidelines, programs and services that support a model for whole school improvement with a focus on school climate.

BulllyBust: Promoting A Community of Upstanders

National School Climate Center, 2009 (web resource)

BullyBust promotes valuable free supports to help schools-in-need put an end to bullying with targeted school-wide and classroom-based efforts. This site includes research-based resources for students, parents, and educators for addressing bullying incidences effectively and creating a culture of upstanders inside and out of school.

Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI)

National School Climate Center (web resource)

The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) is one of the most recognized and comprehensive school climate measures today that assesses to what extent students’, parents’ and school personnel feel safe, “connected’ and engaged in school life.  Developed over ten years of research and field-testing, the CSCI is a scientifically sound survey tool that thousands of schools, districts, networks of schools and several State Departments of Education (Ohio and Iowa) as well as the World Bank and foreign educational ministries have used.  

The School Climate Resource Center

National School Climate Center, 2012. (web resource)

A web-based portal designed to support capacity building and sustainable school climate reform. The School Climate Resource Center (SCRC) is an interactive, web-based portal designed to support capacity building and sustainable school climate improvement efforts. The SCRC includes a school climate implementation road map, learning modules, best practices, connect – a Social forum, school climate standards, and general information about school climate.

The National School Climate Center School Climate Improvement Model

National School Climate Center, n.d. (web resource)

The NSCC School Climate Improvement Model outlines a series of tasks and challenges that research (from school reform in general, prosocial education, community schooling, risk prevention and health-mental health promotion) suggests needs to shape an effective (i) planning and preparation process; (ii) assessment; (iii) understanding assessment findings and action planning; (iv) implementing the action plan; and, (v) beginning the continuous process of school climate process anew.

State Policies on School Climate and Bully Prevention Efforts: Challenges and Opportunities for Deepening State Policy Support for Safe and Civil Schools

National School Climate Center, 2011. (PDF, 9 pgs.)

In July 2011, The National School Climate Center (NSCC) completed a 50-state policy scan on state school climate and anti-bullying policies to better understand the current state policy infrastructure supporting the development of positive school climates. This policy brief examines the current status of state policies on school climate and anti-bullying policies, and provides policy examples and recommendations for policymakers, districts, schools and school climate advocates to consider.

The School Climate Improvement Process: Essential Elements

National School Climate Center, 2012. (PDF, 4 pgs.)

Building on the National School Climate Council’s consensually developed definition of “school climate” and a “positive and sustained school climate” this school climate brief describes how the Council’s consensually developed a definition of the school climate improvement process.

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Fast, Free, Online: The ASCD School Improvement Tool

Designed for use in schools and districts, the free ASCD School Improvement Tool offers educators a comprehensive and completely online needs assessment.

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