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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.
 

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.

Internet and Wireless Safety

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), 2010. (web commentary)

The rapid development of Internet technologies and the increasing use of social networking Web sites and cell phones have created both opportunities and challenges for secondary school leaders. These findings reveal a new social and academic environment with enormous potential for innovation in teaching and learning; unfortunately, they also represent a safety minefield for students and the adults who care for them. To address this topic, school leaders need guidelines that are rooted in a balanced approach that recognizes the beneficial aspects of technology as well as its potential dangers.

Emergency Management for Schools: Key Resources

U.S. Department of Education, 2007. (web resource)

Key online resources for school emergency management.

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Direct From the Field: A Guide to Bullying Prevention

Massachusetts State Department of Public Health, 2007. (PDF, 123 pgs.)

A guide that dispels myths about bullying and provides tips and statistics to help teachers and principals stop bullying.

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Creating Safe Schools Is Everyone's Business

Our Children, National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), 2007. (web article)

An article for parents and schools reflecting the social and emotional impact of bullying in all its forms and suggesting ways for schools and communities to create safe and respectful schools.

Consumer Reports School Safety Alert Program

Consumers Union, 2011. (web resource)

Consumer Reports has launched a major new initiative to deliver critical, time-sensitive information on recalled and unsafe products to the homes of millions of school-aged children. It is teaming up with the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to distribute Web-based safety alerts and recall notices on children's products including toys, food, furniture, and clothing.

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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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