For Immediate Release
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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 be merging with Ramapo to become The National School Climate Center at Ramapo for Children.
Ramapo for Children has over 97 years of experience equipping educators, caregivers and youth with the skills they need to build trusting relationships and a strong sense of community. Ramapo trains schools, districts and out-of-school time agencies to promote positive behavior, foster social and emotional skill development, and support success for all students. Ramapo also runs direct service residential programs for children and young adults with special needs, as well as community building retreats for schools and youth service organizations at its campus in Rhinebeck, New York.
NSCC, the nation’s premiere organization in school climate advocacy, works with states, districts and schools to assess and improve climates and promote sustained and meaningful school climate reform. NSCC’s Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) has helped over 2,000 schools in 38 states identify and implement targeted improvement strategies based on school climate survey and other data. Through policy work and its School Climate Leadership Certificate, NSCC has helped create the conditions for over 2 million students, parents and school staff to experience safer and more supportive school communities.
“The research and evaluative prowess of NSCC and Ramapo’s tailored approach to coaching and training are natural complements,” said Adam Weiss, CEO of Ramapo. “Ramapo is an expert in coaching and training adults in the skills and techniques that lead to supportive communities,” he continued, “and NSCC is a leader in developing systemic capacity for school climate improvement. Working together, we will be well positioned to help schools and districts identify their challenges and implement meaningful solutions.”
“After discussing collaboration,” said Whitney Allgood, CEO of NSCC, “we quickly realized that a deeper partnership made tremendous sense. Over the past twenty years we have seen a surge in demand for school climate improvement resources and support. This partnership will allow NSCC at Ramapo to leverage our learnings and expand and deepen our impact so that all students have access to safe and supportive learning environments.”
In the past year alone, the two organizations served nearly 600 schools and youth service organizations in close to 80 local education agencies (LEA’s) and 30+ states.