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The School Climate Resource Center

National School Climate Center, 2012. (web resource)

A web-based portal designed to support capacity building and sustainable school climate reform. The School Climate Resource Center (SCRC) is an interactive, web-based portal designed to support capacity building and sustainable school climate improvement efforts. The SCRC includes a school climate implementation road map, learning modules, best practices, connect – a Social forum, school climate standards, and general information about school climate.

The National School Climate Center School Climate Improvement Model

National School Climate Center, n.d. (web resource)

The NSCC School Climate Improvement Model outlines a series of tasks and challenges that research (from school reform in general, prosocial education, community schooling, risk prevention and health-mental health promotion) suggests needs to shape an effective (i) planning and preparation process; (ii) assessment; (iii) understanding assessment findings and action planning; (iv) implementing the action plan; and, (v) beginning the continuous process of school climate process anew.

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.
 

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. 

School Crisis Guide

National Education Association (NEA) Health Information Network, 2008. (PDF, 52 pgs.)

Comprehensive and easy-to-use resource to crisis management, including templates and resources for before, during, and after a crisis.

Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom

Institute of Education Sciences' National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2008. (PDF, 87 pgs.)

A practice guide with evidence-based recommendations for use by educators to address the challenges of reducing behavior problems in elementary school classrooms.

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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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