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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Philanthropy, Public Foundations, Student Services

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.

Community Stories

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Eric D.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The NSCC and especially Jonathan Cohen have been very helpful for French public policies in education. Working since a long time (1991!) on school climate I found new arguments to persuade the French Ministry of Education to address the issue of violence in schools in terms of school climate. As member of the scientific committee of several conferences, as scientist and as trainer, Jonathan has been a great help for the change in education in France. Great values, great professionalism: a remarkable inspiration for policy makers as well as for the teachers and principals.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National School Climate Center has played a central national and international role in promoting positive school climate in schools across the globe. I've worked with Jonathan Cohen the director of the Center in France, California, Israel, Peru, Chile and at major conferences on bullying, social and emotional learning, and climate. The work of the center has integrated these issues into policy, new ideas for empirical studies, and linking thought leaders from disparate silo'd disciplines to work together. Now the Every Student Succeeds Act is the law of the land the NSCC work is needed more than ever. The states are struggling in defining and measuring climate and NSCC will be helpful in this process. Their work contributes to making schools more caring, supportive, with less victimization, and higher academic outcomes. I will continue working with NSCC to make sure all students have a positive supportive school climate that unleashes their optimal potential onto the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with NSCC is that it is a professionally run, service-oriented organization that cares deeply about (and advocates for) social and emotional (as opposed to merely academic) development and education. Their anti-bullying work, in particular, stands out. I highly recommend working with this organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our first connection with NSCC came about when we chose them to be part of a founding group to address the problems of bias based bullying in this country. The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation (HLMFF) has been involved in this arena since the early 2000’s when we helped create, and subsequently supported, an anti-bias program with the Anti -Defamation League (ADL) in New York. With numerous anti-bully “programs” nationwide, The HLMFF wanted to support a comprehensive, collaborative approach that would provide a framework for schools to draw on the best of what works. We sought partners that had subject expertise, relationships with schools, willingness to collaborate, and the technology capacity to link schools and districts across the country.
We chose NSCC out of New York and Prevent School Violence Illinois (PSVI) to work together and develop a program that drew on both of their strengths. NSCC had already begun to develop an online networking platform for educational leaders to share best practices, and they were able to work with PSVI to create a “blended model” to address bullying. They did accomplish their goal. In May, 2014, a three year pilot started with five diverse schools throughout Illinois. Over those three years, NSCC’s expertise and knowledge of the bullying problems in middle schools became crystal clear. They were very thorough and thoughtful in their approach, they were hard working, and diligent in their applications. The program was, by all measures, a success.
And now it was time to move forward. With the concept of eventual nation-wide anti bullying programs, The HLMFF asked NSCC to partner with an organization that could help us replicate in any state. We supported their work to develop a complete play book, an extensive database/networking platform, organization, and solid, research-based concepts to move the initiative onto the national stage. They chose “Facing History and Ourselves” as their national partner. This coming school year will begin a second cohort of five Illinois schools, armed with the experience of the first cohort, the hard work and collective effort of NSCC and Facing History, and the financial support of The HLMFF.
We look forward to great success because of the hard work and planning of NSCC. When this second cohort is complete three years from now, we will be ready to go nationwide—with a fully developed, implementable, practical, and successful anti-bullying program----actually a new way of life for middle schoolers.
My admiration and respect goes out to Jonathan Cohen and the entire NSCC staff for their dedication, hard work and results.

Harvey L. Miller
President, Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation

Al.Grieman

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I went to school in the height of the “Me Generation,” vicious bullying was something one just had to endure. “It happens to everybody.” We now see what happens when this type of attitude is allowed to metastasize into society. This is exactly why the mission of the NSCC is so vital. If we are ever going to turn the tide and create a more humanistic society, it must start with educating our children, and I have found that the NSCC is the most committed to and effective at accomplishing this lofty goal.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so appreciative of the work that NSCC does. As an educator, it is so important to be able to obtain to support when needed. Thanks, NSCC!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a teacher, I believe firmly in the importance of this nonprofit. The values NSCC teaches are crucial - particularly in early childhood education. I cannot thank them enough for spreading the word!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the NSCC through my brand Boy Meets Girl since 2009 in helping spread the Bully Bust efforts. What the NSCC does is incredible and in the world we live in today is so necessary to help others.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've written extensively about what makes for an impactful K-12 experience. From my first days of research, it quickly became apparent to me that great schools understand the importance of children's social and emotional development. The challenge for them, and for any school interested in vigorously taking on this aspect of school life, has been finding a program around which they can model their work.
NSCC's model gives them what they need for a fully-integrated effort that can deal with empowering students and building positive character traits, as well as addressing civic responsibility and anti-bullying efforts. Its genius is twofold: It is not a rigid program, but rather a flexible structure that schools can adapt to their individual circumstances, and it is systemic in its vision, recognizing that the only truly successful effort is one that organizes all aspects of school life, including professional development and the conduct of adults, around a consistent message and focus.
Social and emotional development issues cannot be ignored. NSCC is a great partner for structuring how to respond.

Derek P.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the National School Climate Council for the past 10 years. Through the years I have found the staff to use money appropriately, wisely, and sparingly to further their mission through the service of schools, organizations that support students, and by awakening partners to the value of caring and connected schools. The leadership has integrity and is highly competent. And, the staff, while I do not know them all, have have been professional, timely with requests, and over delivered upon what was asked of them. Yes! A fine nonprofit. I am honored to be affiliated with them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for a technical assistance organization focusing on educational equity. I would like to thank the National School Climate Center for their outstanding advocacy, research and product development. More specifically, their school climate surveys and training! I have been using their researched based school climate survey and survey domains framework for several years now. I like them because they are researched based and meet our criteria. I make it a point to use the NSCC school climate surveys because I know they are the best instruments out there. My job requires me to provide technical assistance to schools with very sensitive discrimination issues and civil rights violations. I purposely seek out the best tools in the field to help address these issues in our nations schools, such as the NSCC and their products.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NSCC's approach towards assessing school climate and working with schools to improve school climate is unparalleled. Its assessment tools and resource center are second to none and the staff is the best in the business. I cannot speak highly enough of the entire organization, from bottom to top.

Donor

Rating: 5

NSCC has been proactively, effectively and tirelesshelping changing the school learning and climate landscapes. Kudos!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I've worked with countless nonprofits over the years as an organizational development and fund development consultant, including the National School Climate Center (NSCC). NSCC stands out not only because of their expertise, commitment to excellence, research-based approach to school climate improvement, and highly professional staff, but because of NSCC's soul. This is an organization (board, staff, associates, consultants and more) that cares deeply about the youth, families and communities it supports, that walks the talk of continuous quality improvement, and that operates at the highest levels of integrity. NSCC 'wrote the book' on school climate improvement and is making a measurable difference in the lives of children in schools and districts across the county.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Changed my life for the better. I will never forget the skills that were taught to me through NSCC.

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Donor

Rating: 5

NSCC is a terrific organization that deploys resources efficiently and effectively.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

www.respectzone.org is lucky enough to be partnering with NSCC. It's a joy and a privilege to work with such skilled professionals and a caring non profit talented team. Long life to NSCC which is both innovative and unique in its domain. You make a difference and help out our kids.
Respect Zone team

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At a time when testing is driving so much of what happens in schools NSCC is an important part of the equation for any school wanting to improve learning by addressing the whole child. By helping schools integrate social and emotional learning with academic instruction, NSCC helps schools become safer and more engaged learning environments for students. NSCC offers powerful research-based guidelines, programs and services. Teachers, leaders and students will find it an invaluable service and partner in support of whole school change.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are in our second year of work with the NSCC and have been very impressed by and pleased with their insight and support in examining our school/district climate. In a time of numerous challenges for schools, we look forward to continuing this very important work, and I highly recommend them to any school district looking to promote a positive school climate.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Es una buena escuela.












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