School climate research shows that safe, supportive, engaging and helpfully challenging schools are associated with and/or predictive of positive youth development, effective risk prevention efforts and increased academic achievement as well as teacher retention. These research findings underscores that school climate policy should be a part of educational policy and help to shape local school improvement efforts.
In theory, research should shape policy, which in turn dictates practice guidelines. In 2007 The National School Climate Council established that there was a gap between school climate research on the one hand and school climate policy, practice guidelines and applications as well as teacher education. State policies importantly shape and directly impact education experiences for students.
The National School Climate Center and the National School Climate Council are committed to narrowing this gap.
In this section we present five sets of policy related information, guidelines and tools about school climate and bully prevention policy:
- Current policies and laws: Here you can read about current school climate as well as bully prevention laws and educational policies. We include information about bully prevention for two reasons: (i) the single most common and important school climate finding that we have discovered in the thousands of school climate assessments we have conducted across America is that students report that bully-victim-bystander is a much more serious problem than adults (educators and parents) appreciate; (ii) effective bully prevention efforts are necessarily a systemic or school climate issue as well as an individual issues.
- National School Climate Standards: Read about school climate standards and the growing number of national organizations that have endorsed these standards and encourage States and districts to apply these guidelines to actualize school improvement efforts.
- Reports, briefs and publications: Read about relevant policy reports, briefs and other publications.
- Advocacy and trends in policy: learn about policy/practice recommendations from the National School Climate Council.
- Learn what you can do
The NSCC is a learning and teaching organization. We want to learn from you. If you are involved with overlapping policy efforts and/or are aware of resources that you suggest would be useful for us to include here, please write to [email protected]