Dear Professor Jonathan Cohen. My name is Telma Vinha and I am coordinator of the research group at the State University of Campinas - UNICAMP, BRAZIL - (GEPEM - Group of Studies and Researches in Moral Education) in which we study ethical coexistence in school and school climate. Our research group is made up of researchers from the largest Brazilian universities, who work together on programs aimed at improving the quality of the school climate in public schools. We have used a lot your studies and all production of National School Climate Center (NSCC), the National School Climate Council. It is excellent references for us. On behalf of our group I thank you so much for your time, attention, for sharing many valuable articles for our studies and for putting us in contact with expressive researchers in the field.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NSCC has been proactively, effectively and tirelesshelping changing the school learning and climate landscapes. Kudos!
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.
NSCC is a terrific organization that deploys resources efficiently and effectively.
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.
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
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.
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.