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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. 

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011

U.S. Department of Education, 2011. (web report)

This report presents the most recent data available on school crime and student safety. The indicators are based on information drawn from a variety of data sources, including national surveys of students, teachers, and principals and covers topics such as victimization, teacher injury, bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, and student perceptions of personal safety at school.


Bullying, Safe

How We Treat One Another in School

Educational Leadership, ASCD, 2007. (web article)

A survey of middle school students' experiences with bullying shows that kids want the adults in school to pay attention and keep them safe.

Fostering School, Family, and Community Involvement

The Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence and Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL), 2007. (PDF, 133 pgs.)

An overview of the nature and scope of collaboration, explores barriers to effectively working together, and discusses the process of establishing and sustaining the work.

America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 2010. (web resource)

Statistical data on children and families collected through the coordination and integration of 22 federal agencies. Indicators are organized into seven sections: Family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.


Healthy, Safe

Afterschool Programs: Making a Difference in America's Communities by Improving Academic Achievement, Keeping Kids Safe and Helping Working Families

Afterschool Alliance, 2008. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

A summary of research findings of afterschool programs improving academic achievement, keeping kids safe, and helping working families.

Adolescent Health, Wellness, and Safety

Association for Middle Level Education (ALME), 2006. (web article)

A research summary from the NMSA addressing the specific health, wellness, and safety needs of adolescents.

Child Trends DataBank: Young Adults

Child Trends, 2012. (web resource)

The Child Trends Databank is a one-stop source for the latest national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being. This information is provided by Child Trends, a national leader in the field for over 30 years.

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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.