New ‘School Climate Playbook’ Serves to Guide Policymakers in Strengthening School Climates

Monday, May 24th, 2021

New ‘School Climate Playbook’ Serves to Guide Policymakers in Strengthening School Climates

The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program and ExcelinEd released a guide titled Conditions for Student Success: A Policymakers’ School Climate Playbook. The guide outlines 12 recommendations linked to existing state policy examples policymakers can use to build a comprehensive, coherent state-wide approach for improving school climate and student success. Keep reading […]

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School Climate Increasingly Recognized as Essential Factor for Student Success

School Climate is the way the school environment functions to nurture students’ physical, mental, and emotional well-being. When a school community has a positive climate, it will experience a stronger sense of community, higher student and family engagement, and greater student academic achievement. Increasingly, schools across the country are coming to understand that for students to excel academically, they must […]

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Learn Promising Practices from 6 Diverse Districts and Key Insights from Education Leaders in the Field

NSCC and Facebook for Education hosted the Connecting Communities of Courage Summit, where students and education professionals gathered to understand and address the most pressing needs of schools across the country. Click to read our report. After the summit, NSCC identified the core themes of the day, and traveled across the nation to visit and study six school […]

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Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens

​The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program released a new brief – Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: A Call to Action​. Developed with input from a broad cross-section of education practitioners and scholars, this framework is intended to help policymakers, practitioners and communities as they work to integrate the culturally […]

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Connecting Communities of Courage: Building Inclusive, Safe and Engaged Schools

October 27th, 2017, a one-day event that brought together a diverse community of 200 stakeholders at the national, state, and local level – community action organizations and youth leaders, schools, prosocial organizations, policymakers, researchers, and funders – to collaboratively address the critical needs of P-12 schools, develop cross-sector connections, and build more inclusive, safe, and […]

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The 2019 School Climate Institute

In August 2019, NSCC held the 19th annual School Climate Institute, where teachers, counselors, policy-makers, and students gathered to advance their school climate improvement efforts by exploring the best practices and common challenges that were detailed in our 2018 report, Creating Communities of Courage: Lessons from the Field. Over the two day institute, attendees participated […]

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National School Climate Center Joins Ramapo for Children

For Immediate Release Contact: Michera Brooks, Chief of Staff: mbrooks@ramapoforchildren.org, 917-232-0426 National School Climate Center Joins Ramapo for Children September 5, 2019 (NEW YORK CITY) Ramapo for Children (“Ramapo”) and the National School Climate Center (“NSCC”), two leading nonprofits that work with schools, districts and states to create strong school communities, announced that NSCC will […]

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Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the U.S. Released February 28, 2018

​An interdisciplinary group of 19 school violence experts developed a joint statement endorsed by NSCC, which outlines a public health approach to protect students and adults from gun violence. This statement identifies an 8-point plan involving three levels of prevention, including a recommendation for a national requirement that all schools assess school climate and maintain […]

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New Brief Links School Climate and SEL

​For a long time, social emotional learning and school climate have been seen as two separate fields, but now researchers and practitioners recognize that both benefit each other and are necessary to building healthy schools. School Climate and Social Emotional Learning: The Integration of Two Approaches issue brief, created by The Pennsylvania State University with […]

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ESSA Accountability Plans Offer K-12 Companies Key Primers on State Needs

​​All states and the District of Columbia have now submitted their accountability plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act—though not all have received approval from the U.S. Department of Education. Those policy blueprints offer K-12 providers specifics on the states’ emerging demands for products and services—demands that companies must be ready to meet. Keep reading […]

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Shenandoah Valley student speaks of school climate initiative

​​“School climate refers to the quality and character of school life. It is based on people’s experiences of school and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures,” according to the state Department of Education website. […]

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Shenandoah Valley student speaks of school climate initiative

​​“School climate refers to the quality and character of school life. It is based on people’s experiences of school and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures,” according to the state Department of Education website. Keep reading […]

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An overlooked part of fixing school discipline policies: reducing fear

Ramapo Trainer Hannah Miller published an article in Chalkbeat New York on zero tolerance policies in schools! Hannah talks about seeing zero tolerance implemented on the ground and argues for viewing difficult behaviors as a form of communication, instead of uniformly penalizing students.   “Last month, I walked into a public high school in the […]

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De-escalating Conflict in the Classroom

Ramapo Senior Program Officer Rachel Lissy recently wrote an article for Special Education Advisor on de-escalating conflict in the classroom. “Conflict is a necessary part of life. It inevitably occurs in classrooms where groups of individuals, with varied needs and experiences, pursue shared and individual goals. Successful classrooms are not ‘conflict free zones,’ nor are […]

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On Transforming Zero Tolerance

By Rachel Lissy, Senior Program Officer The federal government recently issued a report critiquing zero tolerance policies in schools around the country. Senior Program Officer Rachel Lissy wrote the piece below in response to a New York Times article outlining this development. Two weeks ago, the Obama administration issued guidelines calling for an end to […]

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