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How to Stop Bullying

ASCD, 2011. (web resource)

An edition of ASCD Express that discusses bullying and how it affects students, and gives advice on how to prevent harassment and create a safe and comfortable learning environment.

What Educators Need to Know About Cyberbullying

ASCD, 2012. (web resource)

A Special Edition Policy Priorities newsletter on cyberbullying curriculum and prevention resources, which includes a special infographic titled "Cyberbullying Legislation by State."

Position Statement on Early Childhood Art Education

National Art Education Association, Revised 2013. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

The visual arts are essential to early learning. Every child is innately curious and seeks to construct personal knowledge and understanding of the world. Children construct knowledge in meaningful social contexts with peers and adults. Children experience their environment in holistic ways that are best served by an interdisciplinary approach that includes both guided and spontaneous learning experiences. The visual arts support multiple ways of knowing and learning that are inherent in the unique nature of each child. The visual arts empower children to communicate, represent, and express their thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. The visual arts offer opportunities to develop creativity, imagination, and flexible thinking. The arts enrich a young child’s understanding of diverse cultures. Early childhood art programs should be comprehensive in scope, including studio experiences, interactions with artists, real and/or virtual visits to museums and art galleries, and opportunities to respond to art through conversation, storytelling, play, dramatics, movement, music, and art making. For additional information, please refer to the Position Paper on the Early Childhood Issues Group section of the NAEA website.

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.  

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.

Developing the Vision: Enhancing Your Professional Practice

American Association of School Librarians, 2010. (web publication)

An article written by Susan Ballard and appearing in the January/February 2010 issue of Knowledge Quest calls on school librarians to reflect on what effective practice looks like and how to best evaluate if they are meeting the needs of their students and school communities.

A 21st Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation

American Association of School Librarians, 2012. (book, available for purchase, 146 pgs.)

Written by Patricia Owen, this book uses the AASL Empowering Learners program guidelines as a basis for a school librarian evaluation rubric—one that can be adapted or duplicated by school librarians and shared with school administrators.

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.

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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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