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A Framework for Safe and Successful Schools

National Association of School Psychologists, 2013. (PDF, 16 pp.)

This joint statement outlines evidence-based policies and practices for improving school safety and increasing access to mental health supports for children and youth. Efforts to improve school climate, safety, and learning are not separate endeavors and must be designed, funded, and implemented as a comprehensive school-wide approach.

School Climate Improvement and Breaking the Bully-Victim-Bystander Cycle

National School Climate Center (PDF, 4 pgs.)

National School Climate Center's research and best practices in the area of bullying prevention.

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.

School Culture and Climate

ASCD. (web resource)

ASCD’s website provides a list of school climate resources under its “Research a Topic” section.

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."

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.

School Climate Practices for Implementation and Sustainability

National School Climate Center, 2013. (PDF, 56 pgs.)

The National School Climate Center (NSCC) School Climate Practice Briefs for Implementation and Sustainability present the latest in research and best practice for effective school climate reform from leading education experts. The 11 issues selected to be included in this set of practice briefs are based on NSCC’s decade-long work with the entire academic community—teachers, staff, school-based mental health professionals, students and parents—to improve a climate for learning. The briefs provide meaningful and relevant guidelines, programs and services that support a model for whole school improvement with a focus on school climate.

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.  

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