National School Climate Center

Rating: 4.92 stars   72 reviews

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341 West 38th Street, 9th Floor New York NY 10018 USA

Mission:

We can all remember childhood moments when we felt particularly safe (or unsafe) in school, when we felt particularly connected to a caring adult (or frighteningly alone), when we felt particularly engaged in meaningful learning (or not). These are the school memories that we all tend to vividly remember: good and/or bad. It is not surprising that these kinds of experiences shape learning and development. However, school climate is larger than any one person's experience. When people work together, a group process emerges that is bigger that any one person's actions. A comprehensive assessment of school climate includes major spheres of school life such as safety, relationships, teaching and learning, and the environment as well as larger organizational patterns (e.g. from fragmented to shared; healthy or unhealthy). How we feel about being in school and these larger group trends shape learning and student development. Peer-reviewed educational research has consistently demonstrated that a positive school climate is associated with academic achievement, effective risk prevention efforts and positive youth development. * 1 in 10 schools is a “drop-out factory,” a high school where only 60% of freshmen or fewer make it to senior year. Measuring school climate reveals areas of risk for dropouts. A positive school climate increases student engagement (how committed a student is to their school), effectively reducing the risk for dropouts and violence. * Nearly 50% of new teachers leave the profession by the end of their fifth year A democratic, safe and supportive environment (where all voices are honored) helps keep teachers happy – which increases teacher retention – a real problem in many urban schools. NSCC helps schools focus professional development training where it's needed most, so staff are better supported and engaged. * Almost 30% of youth in the United States are estimated to be involved in bullying as a bully, target of bullying or both Results from NSCC’s CSCI (and other research) shows that school climate directly affects academic achievement – when kids feel safe and supported, they perform better in school. * 50% of the nation's unemployed youth are functionally illiterate, with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs A positive school climate is directly linked to improved academic achievement and provides students with the prosocial skills - like flexible problem-solving, teamwork and conflict resolution - that lead to life success. Together We Can Turn These Statistics Around! Mission Statement NSCC's mission is to measure and improve the climate for learning in schools to help children realize their fullest potential as individuals and as engaged members of society. NSCC achieves this through: * Advocacy and policy * Measurement and research * Educational services Advocacy and Policy Advocacy is a central part of NSCC’s work through publications, resource development and educational outreach. NSCC also takes a leadership role in consultation and communications efforts to State Departments of Education, national educational organizations, policy makers and concerned citizens, and works closely with the the National School Climate Council, a group of policy and practice leaders. Measurement and Research NSCC has developed a research-based school climate survey that can be used as a needs assessment and springboard for school improvement planning. The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) has been used with schools, districts, and networks of charter schools across America and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). NSCC continues to work with school teams across the country to effectively measure and improve school climate. Educational Services NSCC provides comprehensive educational support services to school faculty, staff, administrators and parents, which include: workshops, on-site coaching, and an annual summer institute. Topics include: measuring and improving school climate; breaking the bully-victim-bystander cycle; infusing social, emotional and civic learning into school curriculums; understanding diversity and respect for differences; and many more. For more about how we help school communities view our programs and services online at www.schoolclimate.org/programs.

Results:

Garnering endorsements for the School Climate Standards (www.schoolclimate.org/climate/standards.php)- At this point, the following organizations have endorsed the School Climate Standards: • American School Health Association • American School Counselor Association • ASCD • Character Education Partnership • Committee for Children • iKeepSafe (Internet Keep Safe Coalition) • Family Violence Prevention Fund • Fair Test • Institute for Educational Inquiry, Seattle, Washington • National Association of School Psychologists • National Center for Student Engagement • National School Board Association • School Mental Health Project, Center for Mental Health in Schools, Dept. of Psychology, UCLA • Search Institute • Public Education Network Conducting a national State Department of Education policy/law scan that will reveal how all States are working to (i) prevent bullying and (ii) improve school climate. Partners 1. NSCC has been invited to become a Technical Partner for the National Center for mental health Promotion and Youth Prevention (National Center). 2. Thanks to the funding and support of the following partners, BullyBust is able to provide critical resources and programs to directly support schools-in-need nationwide. * Wicked the Musical * Flip Video * YouTube * Google * Staples Through our Professional development work, the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) survey and the Partner School Program for BullyBust, we are reaching hundreds of thousands of students throughout the country.

Target demographics:

NSCC offers a variety of professional development programs and services to K-12 schools, educators and parent advocate groups

Geographic areas served:

United States

Programs:

Almost 30% of youth in the US (over 5.7 million) are estimated to be involved in bullying as either a bully, a target of bullying or both. Every seven minutes a child is bullied in the playground -- and 85% of the time there is no intervention. Bully-victim-passive bystander behavior is the most common behavior that undermines feeling safe in schools. It is critical that schools get the support they need to move from a culture of passive bystanders to a culture of upstanders -- community members who notice bully-victim behavior and learn to 'stand up' -- directly or indirectly -- and say "no" to this toxic behavior.
BullyBust is NSCC's back-to-school bullying awareness campaign designed to help students "stand up" to bullying and become part of the soultion to end harmful verbal harassment, teasing and violence in our nation's schools. Engaging students and promoting excitement in this program is of utmost importance. Statistics show that cracking down on individual bullies is seldom effective, but a school-wide commitment to end bullying can reduce the problem by 50%. This past fall, NSCC launched a viral "Stand up to Bullying" YouTube contest within schools nationwide wherein groups of students have been able to sharetheir video messages, stories and words of support. The school prompting the best video will win a special symposium dedicated to bullying awareness.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

NSCC is a powerful organization doing amazing things on the school climate change front. The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) is thrilled to be in partnership with NSCC on several initiatives focused on whole-school climate change by building stronger/healthier relationships inside schools and throughout the neighborhoods surrounding them.

The talent, tools, and technical support NSCC brings to the table is outstanding and a tremendous asset to any school district. I highly recommend this organization as a partner.

 
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I recommend the National School Climate Center. Jonathan Cohen and his staff are dedicated to learning and working together to improve school climate, rather than just acting in an "expert" role. Our group is working with the NSCC to build regional leadership in school climate improvement.

 
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The National School Climate Center offers a comprehensive approach which can help schools positively address their culture and climate. The sequence of actions that schools can take is well thought out and describes a pathway for improvement that can be easily followed. The materials that NSCC provides are of the highest quality and the Resource Center is certainly worth the cost involved. I highly recommend the National School Climate Center to schools interested in improving their educational and social-emotional environment.

 
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Jonathan Cohen and the National School Climate Center have long taken a leadership role in the area of school climate and school culture. Their School Culture Resource Center is full of valuable information which would be helpful to schools who are on a path to improve their school culture and climate. The organization of the resource center is well thought out and sequential and provides users with a solid framework as they work on making improvements in their school. The National School Climate Center is an important voice in the field of social-emotional learning.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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NSCC is a pioneer in the field of supporting school climate improvement and practices. It continues to break new ground by partnering with states and school districts as well as local schools, helping them to build their own capacity to use the best research to form strategic goals that have the power to make school culture and climate prosocial beacons for whole child education.

 
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I have been working closely with the National School Climate Center for over a year. I am the principal of a small charter school in Arizona the NSCC has taken a strong interest in the success of my school through school climate support. Additionally, as a researcher I have been completely supported by Dr. Cohen and his team and has provided the feedback and collaboration necessary for me to support other schools in Arizona to strengthen their positive school climate.

This organization is among the most professional, supportive, and compassionate organizations with which I have worked and their dedication to the cause of improving schools never leaves their vision. Thanks NSCC!!!

 
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The National School Climate Center is tremendous. The organization’s range of programs and services are guided by principles promoting children’s social, emotional, civic and intellectual abilities and dispositions - as well as the commitment to foster collaboration and ongoing communication among teachers, school mental health professional, and parents and students. At the center of the work is the commitment to create positive school climate for learning through safe, supportive and engaged schools, homes and communities. The resources are invaluable and are shared and utilized among my colleagues both here in the College of Education, as well as with our urban school district partners. The work is transformational and should be a part of all departments and colleges across my University - its that important.

 
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The National School Climate Center provides information, strategies, research findings and resources to ensure each student experiences a positive engaging school climate. Too often education leaders and practitioners focus on programs and strategies rather than the context in which implementation will be successful and sustained. Providing safe, nurturing, engaging and equitable school climate positively impacts students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents and community partners. NSCC is the premier "go to" organization to assist all stakeholders to increase their school climate knowledge, skills and dispositions.

 
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Our organization, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, has worked with both Dr. Richard Cardillo, Education Director, and Dr. Jonathan Cohen, President of NSCC over the past several years to bring awareness to the importance of school climate research and practice in Colorado. Recently, Dr. Cohen presented a successful school year kick-off workshop for the entire Sterling, Colorado school district staff. Working with the superintendent and district leadership, Dr. Cohen led the administrators, teachers and school staff through a guided understanding of setting goals to enhance school climate. We are excited to partner with NSCC to support school climate awareness and practices that enhance the development of safe, healthy schools.

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?

2015

 
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Our school district began the school year with a keynote from the president of the NSCC, who talked about the research behind Social Emotional Learning, and engaged the staff in a commitment to building a system with the standards of SEL at our core . Our staff is enthused and excited to continue working with NSCC and the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation through the years to come. Our principals access resources from the NSCC website and use many of their articles in our discussions about practice with teachers. Jan DeLay, Ph.D, Superintendent, RE-1Valley School District, Sterling, Colorado

 
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The National School Climate Center has been a wonderful partner with Character.org as we both realize the importance of a caring school climate. Their assessment tools are used by many of our members and we appreciate the expertise, research, and care that goes into producing these user-friendly tools. In addition, Director Jonathan Cohen presents practical workshops at the National Forum on Character Education that help educators understand how school climate and character education go hand in hand. The NSCC provides practical tools with a caring heart.

 
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