Policy and School Climate

Target Audience: School and District Leaders

Policy shapes practice. NSCC is a national leader in school climate policy. We have helped to write the first district level school climate policy in partisanship with local, Westbrook Connecticut and state leaders. In addition, NSCC has learned and worked with Central Office, School Board and State leaders to review and revise district and state level policies that support safe and supportive classrooms and school as well as helpful disciplinary and bully prevention policy and law.

NSCC offers coaching and technical assistance in various packages, from less intensive Technical Assistance involving telephone calls answering general questions on a needed basis, to more intensive coaching in order to assist districts with their policy drafting and implementation process.

NSCC offers professional development trainings for educators regarding best practices for preventing discrimination, bullying, and harassment.

NSCC offers the following policy consultation services regarding school climate, bullying, and harassment:

  1. Consult with school districts to develop comprehensive school climate policies.
  2. Consult with school districts to develop comprehensive bullying/harassment policies.
  3. Review of existing state and/or district school climate and/or bullying/harassment policies with analysis and recommendations regarding their alignment with comprehensive school climate policy.
  4. Consult with schools to help prevent violations of civil rights statutes and eliminate victimization of students and members of the school community, including guidance regarding OCR’s Dear Colleague Letters (DCLs).

NSCC offers professional developments, technical assistance, and coaching to address specific areas of need in your district/state. Possible topics include:

  • Overcoming challenges to policy implementation;
  • The policy development and implementation process – how to engage the entire community and facilitate buy-in;
  • How to prevent discriminatory discipline practices through developing school climate policy in your district.