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Establishing a Comprehensive System of Learning Supports at a School: Seven Steps for Principals and Their Staff

Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA, 2012. (PDF, 22 pgs.)

Schools, districts, and state departments across the country are moving in new directions to address barriers to learning and teaching and to re-engage disconnected students. They are doing this by designing and developing a comprehensive system of student and learning supports and fully integrating it into school improvement policy and practice. 

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.

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.

ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs

American School Counselor Association (ASCA), 2012 (web resource)

 The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs outlines the components of a comprehensive school counseling program and brings school counseling professionals together around one vision and voice, which creates unity and focus on student achievement.

School Climate Research Summary: August 2012

National School Climate Center, 2012. (PDF, 21 pgs.)

There has been an explosion of interest in school climate in America and abroad. This 2012 research brief summarizes this work. Showing research that proves students are more likely to succeed when they feel connected to school, and offers advice for schools to increase connectedness.

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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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