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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.

School Climate and Bully Prevention Trends State-by-State Assessment

National School Climate Center, 2012. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

This 2012 Brief updates National School Climate Center’s 2011 report State Policies on School Climate and Bully Prevention Efforts: Challenges and Opportunities for Deepening State Policy Support for Safe, Supportive and Civil Schools (PDF). This Brief provides a summary of State level: (i) anti-bullying legislation; (ii) school climate policies; (iii) funding trends; (iv) disciplinary practice trends; and (v) federally supported school climate efforts.

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.

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.
 

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.

School Health Policies and Programs Study 2006

Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006. (PDF, 4 pgs.)

A quick fact sheet from the latest School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS) that identifies changes between 2000 and 2006 in school health policies and programs at the state, district, school, and classroom levels.

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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.

Quality Counts 2011: Uncertain Forecast—Education Adjusts to a New Economic Reality

Education Week with the EPE Research Center, 2011. (web report)

This report investigates the impact of the Great Recession, federal stimulus, and broader economic conditions on the nation's schools. Examine both lingering concerns about the halting economic recovery and emerging opportunities for innovation as state and local officials attempt to move reform agendas forward despite depleted budgets.

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Making Every Moment Count: Maximizing Quality Instructional Time

Multiple associations, 2007. (PDF, 31 pgs.)

A collaborative project that includes short papers by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the International Reading Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, and many other educational groups on their recommendations to promote effective use of class time.

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