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October 7, 2013

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October 7, 2013

For the past two-plus years, I have been in conversation and collaboration with the NSCC and its staff to explore the nexus between civic learning and school climate reform. I've benefited immensely from attending the annual summer institutes, along with the resources offered by the NSCC web site. I look forward to finding ways for the NSCC to help us strengthen schools' civic learning programs in the Chicagoland area through comprehensive school climate reform.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 6, 2013

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October 6, 2013

As the former superintendent of the state technical school system in CT and now as superintendent of Westbrook, CT public schools, my work to promote and sustain positive school climates has only been possible through the shared efforts of the NSCC. I can say most emphatically, that unlike many organizations that promote themselves, the NSCC has student benefit at its core and the cadre of professionals who offer their services are totally dedicated to serving the needs of the school community. It is rare in this world to find an entity like NSCC which is dedicated to offering resources and opportunities for the taking. The NSCC is a must in any work to truly impact schools and communities, children and adults, in pursuit of the tools necessary to be successful in the improving the quality and character of the school experience.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to support their critical work with funding sources and political support. The NSCC is far too important to all educational settings to let it languish fiscally.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 4, 2013

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October 4, 2013

I have been aware of the work of NSCC for over a dozen years. I have seen presentations,attended the institute and used their climate inventory with our schools in Plainview-Old Bethpage, New York.They have great resources online and their Comprehensive School Climate Inventory provides a wealth of data for diagnosis and prescription. I highly recommend their services.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more ways to publicize their offerings.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 4, 2013

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October 4, 2013

The team we work with at NSCC is so delightfully involved in the project we are working on together, both intellectually and functionally. They are eager to learn, show respect for the expertise of the client, yet are so well prepared and researched that they add a level of insight and innovation to the thinking that is exceptional. They are responsive and professional and fun. What more could you ask for?!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clarify and distinguish their contribution to the field they serve from the client/customer contractual relationships.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 4, 2013

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October 4, 2013

I have been learning from and working for the NSCC for the past two years and they have the most comprehensive resources on school climate out there. Some organizations want to make money off of schools but NSCC really wants to help schools improve their school climate.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 27, 2011

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October 27, 2011

I have worked with the National School Climate Center (NSCC), Jonathan Cohen, and several of NSCC's staff for the past few years on a number initiatives ranging from training and technical assistance to research and evaluation. First and foremost, it is obvious that the NSCC's staff care about students and improving their school contexts and environments. Second, they offer first class services and are experts in the field of school climate improvement. The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory is a high quality tool and the report is very comprehensive and yet easy to use in supporting school climate improvement. Finally, I have attended NSCC's annual School Climate Institute twice and highly recommend it for school improvement teams.

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NSCC adds extensive experience, knowledge, and depth to school improvement efforts. I have enjoyed learning with and from Jonathan Cohen and the NSCC.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Leverge its work to enable a national research agenda to better demonstrate the critical impact that school environments have on student learning as well as the effectiveness of intentional, comprehensive school climate improvement.

September 30, 2011
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September 30, 2011
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The NSCC has a wealth of resources, which I have found extremely useful in developing presentations to my local school board, informing the planning and implementation of our District's S.U.M.M.I.T. grant (which seeks to better coordinate district and community mental health resources) and in developing school climate standards for Pennsylvania's state Board of Education.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 15, 2011

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September 15, 2011

I have worked in the field of education for the past 37 years as a school counselor and a professional developer in the field of school improvement. I have seen first hand what climates are like in schools and work directly with teachers and administrators on improving their schools. Lack of positive school climate and trust among the adults in a building are experiences I have had and as a result my own focus has been on school climate. I was so excited to find the National School Climate Center and Dr. Jonathan Cohen about 3 years ago. The Center is doing such fantastic work teachimg schools the 5 step process for school improvement. It is a systemic change process that takes between 3-5 years at a minimum. They have the expertise, research, personnel and dedication to help any school learn how to improve their climate. I have watched them use deep listening, creative problem solving and collaboration as well as data collection and research to successfully aid schools in their improvement.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my shared work with Jonathan Cohen.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it and take its message to every state in America and then the world!

September 15, 2011

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October 18, 2010

I have spent my career working to improve the quality of education for children, especially in urban areas. My focus has been on deep academic knowledge and learning what it means to live in a democr... more

September 15, 2011

i have watched this organization grow and mature over the last five years and seen it's focus refined to reflect one of the most important elements of school improvement--school climate. In these days when parents must be confused by claims about schools and education understanding how the role of school climate in creating an environment where kids are likely to learn is something to be considered carefully. Every parent should encourage the schools their children attend to be concerned about climate--how people treat each other, how learning is supported, spaces that students find safe to learn in--which often means making mistakes at first.

If I had to identify a single element to help us understand the success of schools and make schools better it would be school climate--a concept that brings many complex elements into an understandable form. And, to do school climate improvement successfully there is no better set of educators that I know of than those associated with this Center. In full disclosure, I have advised the group as a volunteer and apply my professional perspective to make this judgment. Every cent funneled through the center has real potential for improving schools for our children. And I especially encourage policy makers at all levels to look at this model as a way to make progress in this area so critical to the future of our nation.

Nick Michelli
Presidential Professor
Ph.D. Program in Urban Education
City University of New york

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I know schools that have been influenced by the work and I have interacted with volunteer advisors in moving the work forward.

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I think the organization is doing all it can do given its resources. I think enlisting others beyond the employees of the organization to influence policy makers would be an important step. I mean influencing policy makers at all levels--local, state, and national. They want to hear local stories of success, and they can find them here if we lead them to them!

October 18, 2010

I have spent my career working to improve the quality of education for children, especially in urban areas. My focus has been on deep academic knowledge and learning what it means to live in a democracy, including learning to argue for one's beliefs, listening to others with empathy, and learning to compromise. These are difficult qualities to measure. i have found nothing as powerful as the work of the National School Climate Center for understanding how the culture of a school impacts learning either positively or negatively. The Center's work is research based, allows for assessment and progress, and is very effective in enhancing school climate and therefore the lives of children, and I might add teachers. I believe that studies will show that when school climate is optimum teacher attrition is reduced. We already know that it leads to stronger learning outcomes.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have reviewed the research and shared it with colleagues within an national organization. I have seen how discussions with administrators and teachers change positions for the better. I have seen how attention to school climate can mediate the tensions caused by the current excessive and continued focus on testing.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would focus on getting the word out to policy makers and educators. I have faith that an investment in this work, if the policy conditions were open to it, would be extraordinary in the results it will bring.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Its focus on change that leads to important outcomes.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 14, 2011

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September 14, 2011

I was so impressed with NSCC and their work that I dropped off of the Board of another organization and joined this one. This is a rare organization where "the cause" still takes priority over the organization itself. Schools are so focused on just grades these days that they lose the most important element of human relations and mutual empathy, things that actually correlate better with success than grades. Bully prevention is one element but this is more -- a school's entire environment is analyzed and improved using NSCC's services. This helps keep students motivated and happy, helps then connect with school employees, it helps them make friends, and yes, it helps grades and graduation rates. NSCC applies a quantitative customized analytical approach to a qualitative subject, and measures their impact, so it is not "soft". Schools continue to ask for more budget, or make hard decisions on how to cut costs to deal with smaller budgets -- but how do they know they are spending the money in the most effective way? NSCC gives pointers that have measurable impact upon a schools learning environment, while boosting kids' social and emotional well being. Thnis will help focus spending effectiveness. NSCC just needs more people to know about them, their programs and staff, and their deep expertise. Their impact will have a multiplier effect, making the children's lives better, as well as those they touch.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

improving the learning, social and emotional atmosphere of several NYC schools, whose children are mostly living in poverty.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

impoce their focus on distribution. It is n ot their nature. They prefer to divert resources to their primary work. But the cause will improve if NSCC is known more widely and used by more states and municipalities for work in entire school districts.

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