Readiness Assessment and Process Self-Study Assessment Tools

Readiness Assessment Self-Study Tool

The National School Climate Center’s (NSCC) Readiness Assessment is a short (24 question) survey that has been developed to support a process of school leaders and leadership teams considering the following questions:
Where are we now? And, what can and should we consider focusing on to support an effective school climate improvement process?

All schools are ready to improve their climate for learning and children's healthy development. But, all schools present with a unique array of strengths and needs. Understanding these strengths and needs will helpful inform school leaders ability to develop essential preparation plans that will helpfully support students, parents/guardians, school personnel and even community members learning and working together to create even safer, more supportive, engaging and flourishing schools that promote school—and life—success.

The Readiness Assessment focuses on eight domains that shape the planning and preparation process.

  1. Building support and fostering a shared vision for your school
  2. Commitment to the school climate improvement process
  3. Forming a democratically-informed representative leadership team
  4. Moving towards a culture of trust and collaborative problem solving
  5. Ensuring your team has adequate resources to support the process
  6. Celebrating successes and building on past as well as current efforts
  7. Promoting Reflective capacities
  8. Developing professional learning communities

The Readiness Assessment is completed by the Principals and his or her leadership team and identifies area of strength and need that will helpfully guide helpful school climate improvement efforts.

The Readiness Assessment is a part of the School Climate Resource Center

For information about how the Readiness Assessment was developed and/or the scientific foundation for this short survey, please contact Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D. ([email protected]).

School Climate Process of “End of Stage” Self-Study Tool: Appreciating the continuous process learning and improvement

School climate improvement—like all school reform efforts—is a continuous process. And, the process of school climate renewal is as important as the outcome!

School climate reform is a continuous process. Just as—hopefully—we never stop growing as an individual, a school can and needs to be involved in a continuous process of working to create an even safer, more supportive and engaging school that furthers prosocial education.

NSCC’s process or “End of Stage Assessments” are designed for each stage of the school climate improvement process and provide a simple and meaningful way for Principals and their leadership team to gauge and record “How did we do in this (given) stage of the improvement process?” Your ratings will automatically generate a report that will become a part of the School Portfolio in the School Climate Resource Center

These process or End of Stage Assessments will be helpful in two ways:

  1. To support Principals and their leadership teams reflecting on “How did we do?” and “What might we focus on even more right now?” And
  2. To support Principals and their leadership teams being able to “look back” in one or four years when you are working on this same stage in the next cycle of improvement. Whether the same Principal is leading the school or if you are a new Principal who is continuing the school’s improvement efforts, being able to retrospectively consider what the school did and did not do in a given stage will support your learning from experience!

The Readiness Assessment is a part of the School Climate Resource Center

For information about how the Readiness Assessment was developed and/or the scientific foundation for this short survey, please contact Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D. ([email protected]).