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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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A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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.

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

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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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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