National School Climate Center

Rating: 4.93 stars   83 reviews


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


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


Garnering endorsements for the School Climate Standards ( 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.

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

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United States


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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Rating: 5 stars  

extremely thorough, creative, and hard working group. Great ideas- I believe their resource center is a huge step forward. They need to get bigger. They are helping a lot of children but can do even more. I have worked with many charities and this one is the biggest bang for the buck I've ever had.

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

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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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NSCC is a leader in applying rigorous science to promoting schools that are healthy for students and for society. Their work on school climate is cutting edge and their focus on advocacy and policy promises to make it more than a think tank, and to impact schools nationally. With few resources they have already made a big splash in educational reform from the national to the state to the local level.

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Organizing effective conferences; creating cutting edge policy statements; creating scientifically valuable assessment instruments and research reports.

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