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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 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 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 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 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 13, 2011
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September 13, 2011
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I am an education consultant in an international organization. While choosing an institute to provide us with technical support on implementing the project of social emotional learning (SEL), I have found that NSCC offers a comprehensive and in-depth theoretical framework and a systematic plan for carrying out SEL in primary and secondary schools. More specifically, the theory NSCC presents is of great help for us to promote quality education under the condition of exam-oriented teaching. NSCC also stands out in improving school management and long-term development.

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presenting how they could assist us in implementing SEL at primary and junior secondary schools in the country.

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

include some experts who have hands-on experience in carrying out education projects internationally.

September 12, 2011

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September 12, 2011

I am a teacher education professional and work extensively with a range of schools serving very diverse populations. When I work with teachers and/or school administrators, questions about school climate are often on the forefront of their minds. I have found that the National School Climate Center is an excellent resource for both theoretical and practical materials. For example, they have an exceptional tool for assessing school climate that helps identify areas of strength and areas of weakness. More importantly, they offer a comprehensive strategy that takes a school step-by-step through a process of school climate improvement. This process has been refined through years of research and practical experience.

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

providing theoretically-sound and practically-useful trainings and materials for professional growth.

Ways to make it better...

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

Strenthen their outreach to educational professionals.

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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

What is unique about this organization?

A narrow focus with very broad application and significance.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 8, 2011

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September 8, 2011

I was thrilled to learn about NSCC partnering with the musical WICKED to create the BullyBust program last year. I am a middle school teacher in my 27th year and bullying has escalated in more recent years with cell phones and the internet as a large part of the problem. NSCC worked to help create solutions. I used BullyBust supports with my students and also participated in their essay contest. They gave us a foundation for constructive dialogue and opened a door for students to walk through to create a positive environment as well as to solve their issues that arose in "upstanding" ways. A workshop with the cast and the musical itself drove all the points home. Wonderful people doing wonderful work that continues to grow.
Debra Leporati, Warwick Valley Middle School, Warwick, New York

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

my students' participation and positive response to the BullyBust materials and workshop.

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

give them more money so they could come out to the schools to do more programs.

September 8, 2011

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September 8, 2011

The NSCC is an important leader and innovator in the fields of school climate, social emotional learning, bully prevention, and civic engagement. At a time when federal educational policy focuses too much on testing, and has disconnected academics from social development, NSCC has been an articulate champion and resource for reconnecting the whole child, supporting teachers, and helping to promote sustainable democratic education. I have enjoyed my time with them, most recently as a partner on projects, and I recommend them to others interested in theory, practice and evaluation. Check out their website for great resources and important background readings.

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As a practitioner in a small CBO, as a university teacher and a professional interested in integrating theory, practice, evaluation and social policy.

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

I would want them to be better know and have more funding!

September 8, 2011

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September 8, 2011

The NSCC has provided me with so much information to support a safe school climate. Their expertise is amazing and all of their work is done on a research basis. They provide great resources to support programs and activities. Most important the center addresses the issues that often educators are not focused on: social/emotional issues of children that impact learning and being in a safe environment.

Dr. Deborah Hardy

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

reviewing their data and articles on issues related to school safety.

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

do nothing!

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