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Nurturing Effective Middle Level Schools

Association for Middle Level Education, 2014. (web resource)

How can middle school leaders promote relationships and improve school climate and student morale? In this Association for Middle Level Education blog post, learn what ingredients create supportive and positive middle level schools.

Promoting Respectful Schools

ASCD, 2011. (web publication)

The September 2011 issue of Educational Leadership, "Promoting Respectful Schools," features articles on bullying, school climate, and preventing hate language.

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."

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.

National School Climate Standards: Benchmarks to Promote Effective Teaching, Learning and Comprehensive School Improvement

National School Climate Center, 2009. (PDF, 21 pgs.)

The Center and the National School Climate Council developed School Climate
Standards to support schools, districts, and states in effectively aligning education
policy with practice. The school climate improvement model is designed to support
K-12 schools in actualizing these standards.  Over 20 national organizations –
including ASCD – have endorsed the Standards.
 

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. 

Summertime and Weight Gain

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 summertime child weight gain and describes what this research means for children and society as a whole. 

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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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