Summer Institute 2016

The National School Climate Center in partnership with the Winston, Preparatory Schools present the

School Climate Improvement: Policy, Practice and Leadership Development. What to do and how to do it?

June 23 & 24, 2016
Held at The Winston Preparatory School,
126 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
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The National School Climate Center’s (NSCC) 19th annual Summer Institute is designed to support individuals and school teams in two ways:

  1. Understanding the essential guidelines and related tools that support an effective school climate improvement/bully prevention effort; and,
  2. Developing an action plan that can guide improvement efforts in your school, district, network and/or State.

Specifically, Institute members will:

  • Understand what school climate reform is and the current state of research.
  • Consider and plan for challenges to school climate improvement efforts.
  • Learn about current school climate research findings.
  • Learn about district level school climate policy that supports effective bully and dropout prevention efforts.
  • Create an optimal climate for learning and teaching for all students.
  • Learn about measurement tools that (i) promote engagement, and (ii) support a prosocial, data driven process of continuous learning and improvement. This will include the use of Comprehensive surveys, Readiness, Process and Community assessments.
  • To learn about the tasks/challenges that shape an effective process of, evaluation action planning, implementing and beginning anew.
  • Conduct a Readiness Assessment.
  • Action planning: Supporting effective planning and preparation for the next phase of your schools’ improvement efforts.
  • Further Educational Leadership development.

This two-day Institute will support individuals and teams developing practical insight into:

  1. how to build on their school and/or districts past safe and supportive schools efforts in ways that reduce bully-victim-bystander behavior and student dropouts
  2. promote prosocial instruction and even safer, more supportive and engaging climates for learning.

A growing number of federal, state and district leaders recognize that school climate improvement efforts are the most powerful tools for bully-victim-bystander and also high school drop out prevention strategies.. School climate improvement also has the potential to support students, parents/guardians and school personnel learning and working together to create the kind of school everyone wants: safe, supportive, engaging and at least some of the time, fun!

Participants will learn about research-based school climate and instructional guidelines, “best practices”, and resources. We will support individuals and teams developing new or enhanced existing plans that promote equitable, healthy and democratically informed schools in general and reduce bully-victim-bystander behavior in particular.

Throughout the Institute, three essential questions are asked:

  1. What are we doing now in our school communities and how does this overlap with what is being presented?
  2. What are the possible next steps—systemically, instructionally and/or relationally—that build on past and current efforts?
  3. What plans can you/we develop during the Institute to formulate SMART goals that support these effective next steps: educationally, risk prevention and/or health, mental health promotion-wise?
The NSCC Summer Institute is the best intensive learning experience I am aware of with regard to creating a positive climate for safe, caring, and supportive schools that promote the academic and social-emotional competencies of students. The Summer Institute creates the kind of learning climate for attendees that it teaches you to create in your school settings. You will carry the learning back with you and become part of a network of caring educators and Summer Institute alumni dedicated to putting children first.
—Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D.
Rutgers University
Psychology Department
Academic Director, Rutgers Civic Engagement and Service Education Partnerships Program (CESEP) (
Director, Developing Safe and Civil Schools (DSACS) (
Founding Member, CASEL Leadership Team