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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.

Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum

Ashoka, 2014. (web resource)

A recent report entitled “Making Education Work” urges the British government to introduce radical changes into the English education system. This report – prepared by an independent advisory board comprising prominent business leaders and led by preeminent academic Professor Sir Roy Anderson – provides a six-month overview of the British education system and recommends the establishment of a new independent body consisting of teachers, employers, political parties, etc. 

The Effects of School-wide Positive Behavior Support on Middle School Climate and Student Outcomes

Association for Middle Level Education, 2011. (web resource)

This study investigated the effects of school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) on middle school climate and student outcomes. Data consisted of more than 300 teacher responses and 10,000 student responses in two middle schools in the western United States. The SWPBS intervention included school-wide teaching of social skills, praise notes from teachers to students, posting of school rules, proactive screening for students at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders, and referrals of at-risk students for targeted interventions. The treatment school showed statistically significant improvements in teacher ratings of school climate, while the control school tended to stay the same or worsen.

Integrating Common Core and Character Education

Character Education Partnership, 2013. (PDF, 12 pgs.)

With more states adopting the Common Core, it can be overwhelming for schools and teachers to consider “adding” anything else. But character education isn’t about adding, it’s about integrating with all that you already do. In this whitepaper, you will discover: details on integrating character education and the common core; three ways to strengthen common core; and powerful strategies and best practices for your school to integrate.
 

Responsive Classroom Drives Common Core Success

Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. 2013. (Responsive Classroom) (PDF, 8 pgs.)

Skillful teaching and effective instruction are keys to achieving the goals set by the Common Core State Standards. This white paper describes how the Responsive Classroom approach hones teacher effectiveness and explains in detail how Responsive Classroom teaching practices address four specific CCSS challenges: creating a climate of learning, engaging students in rich academic conversations, teaching more complex content and skills, and fostering genuine student engagement.

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.

Ending Childhood Hunger: A Social Impact Analysis

Share Our Strength, 2013. (PDF, 10 pgs.)

This report, conducted by Deloitte and the No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices, shows that federal programs like school breakfast are important in the fight to end childhood hungry. Using third party studies and publicly available data, the report provided frameworks to connect outcomes from the School Breakfast Program with long-term benefits. The analysis shows there are dramatic potential impacts associated with the simple act of feeding kids a healthy school breakfast, including positive, large-scale outcomes in education, economics and health.

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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