National School Climate Center
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.
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.
Ways to make it better...
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.
Board Member & I joined the Board and got funding for the NSCC to give their expertise to several schools with children who famm largely under the poverty line.