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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.

The School Climate Guide for District Policymakers and Educational Leaders

National School Climate Center, 2009. (PDF, 12 pgs.)

This guide, a companion to the National School Climate Standards (PDF), identifies quality practices in school climate that can lead to student achievement and success; various policy options that encourage, support and reward implementation and sustainability of a positive school climate; and strategies to ensure alignment of quality practice and supportive policies based on research and evidence of practice. Finally, the guide identifies frameworks, tools (specific instruments schools can use to measure and improve school climate), resources and responsibilities of district policymakers and education leaders.

Doesn’t Every Child Deserve a Memorable Summer?

National Summer Learning Association, 2009. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

The National Summer Learning Association’s Research in Brief series profiles key studies about summer learning and highlights the findings in easy-to-understand language. These briefs can help inform the choices that parents, program providers and policymakers make when selecting and designing summer programs for youth. This Research in Brief issue provides research findings on what children face once the school doors close for the summer. To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months. All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. 

Summer Can Set Kids on the Right—or Wrong—Course

National Summer Learning Association, 2009. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

The National Summer Learning Association’s Research in Brief series profiles key studies about summer learning and highlights the findings in easy-to-understand language. These briefs can help inform the choices that parents, program providers and policymakers make when selecting and designing summer programs for youth. This Research in Brief issue provides research findings on what children face once the school doors close for the summer. For some, it’s a world of interesting vacations, music lessons, and library trips. For others without enriching summertime opportunities, the break can lead to serious academic consequences—and the disparity can be dramatic.

The Challenge of Addressing Equity of Opportunity for All Students:Broadening the Work of the Equity and Excellence Commission

Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA, 2013. (PDF, 16 pgs.)

The Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA's ENEWS is a forum to link with those who are concerned with enhancing policies, programs, and practices related to addressing barriers to student learning and promoting mental health in schools. It augments the ways the Center shares information and facilitates interchange and networking. This issue of the center's ENEWS looks at the Equity and Excellence Commission’s 2013 report to the Secretary of Education entitled: For Each and Every Child – A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence (PDF). The report provides a five-part framework "of tightly interrelated recommendations" to help guide policymaking on addressing equity of opportunity for all students.

Moving Summer Learning Forward: A Strategic Roadmap for Funding in Tough Times

National Summer Learning Association, 2012. (PDF, 27 pgs.)

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) has a funding resource titled Moving Summer Learning Forward: A Strategic Roadmap for Funding in Tough Times (PDF). Developed with the support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, this resource is designed to help state and local leaders identify the most promising funding streams to support summer learning and show how innovative states, districts, and communities have creatively developed and sustained high-quality summer programming. 

Learning4Life (L4) Building Level Toolkit

American Association of School Librarians (AASL), 2010. (web resource)

This toolkit is designed to help practitioners learn more about the key ideas of AASL's learning standards—a framework to which K–12 schools can aspire in creating meaningful student learning opportunities for students—and share those messages with others.

Reshaping High Schools

Educational Leadership, ASCD, 2008. (web publication)

Find information on the reshaping of high schools, including a number of calls for policy changes, descriptions of reform models that work, and ways to improve high schools both systemically and incrementally. The authors make clear that a wealth of new choices needs to be developed because the typical high school culture is not working for so many.

Reassessing the Achievement Gap: Fully Measuring What Students Should Be Taught in School

Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2008. (PDF, 29 pgs.)

A report from The Campaign for Educational Equity argues for broader measures of assessment in NAEP.

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