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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

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National School Climate Center provides information, strategies, research findings and resources to ensure each student experiences a positive engaging school climate. Too often education leaders and practitioners focus on programs and strategies rather than the context in which implementation will be successful and sustained. Providing safe, nurturing, engaging and equitable school climate positively impacts students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents and community partners. NSCC is the premier "go to" organization to assist all stakeholders to increase their school climate knowledge, skills and dispositions.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our organization, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, has worked with both Dr. Richard Cardillo, Education Director, and Dr. Jonathan Cohen, President of NSCC over the past several years to bring awareness to the importance of school climate research and practice in Colorado. Recently, Dr. Cohen presented a successful school year kick-off workshop for the entire Sterling, Colorado school district staff. Working with the superintendent and district leadership, Dr. Cohen led the administrators, teachers and school staff through a guided understanding of setting goals to enhance school climate. We are excited to partner with NSCC to support school climate awareness and practices that enhance the development of safe, healthy schools.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our school district began the school year with a keynote from the president of the NSCC, who talked about the research behind Social Emotional Learning, and engaged the staff in a commitment to building a system with the standards of SEL at our core . Our staff is enthused and excited to continue working with NSCC and the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation through the years to come. Our principals access resources from the NSCC website and use many of their articles in our discussions about practice with teachers. Jan DeLay, Ph.D, Superintendent, RE-1Valley School District, Sterling, Colorado

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National School Climate Center has been a wonderful partner with Character.org as we both realize the importance of a caring school climate. Their assessment tools are used by many of our members and we appreciate the expertise, research, and care that goes into producing these user-friendly tools. In addition, Director Jonathan Cohen presents practical workshops at the National Forum on Character Education that help educators understand how school climate and character education go hand in hand. The NSCC provides practical tools with a caring heart.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National School Climate Center is a wonderful resource for schools and school districts. Our school district has used their services to help us assess how our kids feel about our schools. Do they feel comfortable? Do they like coming to school? How can we maximize our resources to make our schools places that students and parents feel welcome? How do we help kids feel like they belong?
This organization is leading the way in terms of research and findings to help schools with this all important aspect of education. The staff I have consulted with are all kind and knowledgeable. They practice what they preach in terms of how to treat people. They are all passionate about their research as well.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National School Climate Center is an essential non profit body for research and intervention not only at the national level but also the international one since their activities are well known and appreciated worldwide. We appreciate the scientific based and practice based activities, which provide rigorous background and interventions. The NSCC is involved in many activities trying to give the best out of their work and provide sound support to schools and other international organizations too. I do appreciate their sense of sharing and constructive communication as well as their sheer commitment and beliefs in a possible better world.
Pr. Catherine Blaya - Chair of the International Observatory of Violence in Schools.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National School Climate Center is a national leader in research, policies and professional development for schools. Providing support for districts, principals and teachers regarding the improvement of school climate, NSCC presents best practices in a manner in which educators may implement them systemically and relationally in their districts. Through NSCC, schools build strong learning communities that assess school climate and then assist the schools by providing evidence-based strategies that promote prosocial education.

As a principal of a large middle school I am appreciative of NSCC's collaborative and extensive work in school climate reform. I have attended the Summer Institute for three years and have utilized NSCC's research, Road Map and Practice Briefs in my own work in School Improvement. My students use the NSCC website for Bully Bust ideas making "Upstander" videos and preparing for "No bullying"assemblies and other activities. NSCC has strong outreach and has touched the lives' of millions of people, adults and students, motivating them to be positive citizens, schools, families and communities, that develop meaningful and engaging practices, norms and activities that promote social and civil responsibilities. The National School Climate Standards provide a framework for supporting increased student achievement, enhanced school connectedness, decreased violence and bullying, and positive youth development.

Jonathan Cohen is a master who unifies school personnel, parents and the community to provide high quality positive school climates that produce students who are prepared for the challenges and successes of the 21st century.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Over the years of being a student, a teacher, a school psychologist, a psychoanalyst I have seen the profound effect that a safe and supportive community can have in facilitating the emotional and intellectual development of students. NSCC is dedicated to helping schools strengthen their communities, to become places where maturation and learning can be engaged to the fullest extent, where students feel heard, where students find a tolerance for differences of opinion, where bullying is courageously resisted. NSCC does wonderful work that supports students (as well as teachers and administrators) learning skills and ways of reflecting on their participation which prepares them for leading satisfying lives and contributing to the world. I was thrilled to work for a while with Jon Cohen at the outset of this organization and have enthusiastically applauded it's growth ever since. NSCC does important and excellent work!
Fred Stern

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The NSCC has been leading the efforts to improve school climate for a number of years. Their work is research-based, extremely user-friendly for educators and community members to understand, and of critical importance to the development of our youth and to our communities in general. The best adjective I can think of when I consider NSCC is "quality!"

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have only recently reviewed the work and leadership of Dr. Jonathan Cohen. However, I am very please with the professionalism of NSCC and the outstanding work being done at the NSCC under Jonathan's direction. The national standards of school climate gives states, LEAs, and schools guidance in moving forward for student success and school improvement. Thanks for your leadership and work on behave of students.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have followed the work of this organization under the directorship of Dr. Jonathan Cohen for many years. As a school consultant, therapist and pscyhoeduational tester, I have relied on the organization's work in my meetings with many parents, students, school administrators and teachers to help them deal with a variety of social-emotional issues, especially those involving bullying. I know firsthand of many teachers and administrators who have benefited from the summer workshops they have sponsored. I have especially appreciated their efforts to make our schools become safe, reliable and exciting places to learn for our children. I recommend this organization to many people in the course of my professional work and feel extremely grateful they are available to consult with and offer guidance to all of us who work with children.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NSCC has, for many year now, been doing an outstanding job working with education departments in various states, as well as publicizing, the need for greater sensitivity in regard to social-emotional education in our schools. The work is important. Lately their emphasis has been on bullying and helping kids become more responsible in regard to standing up for others when those "others" are being hurt. The organization deserves the support of all of us.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a very important contribution to efforts to improve schools so that they provide a supportive and safe climate and attain higher academic achievements. As an international scholar I am very impressed with the quality of the materials posted and their relevance to a wide range of users, worldwide.
Rami

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NSCC is one of the most important national organizations working to improve the quality of children's lives. By focusing on school climate, the organization addresses the most important factor in how children will feel and function in school, including academically. NSCC does foundational, crucial, innovative, influential work. As one concrete example of their exceptional quality, their school climate assessment instrument - CSCI, or Comprehensive School Climate Inventory - is the absolute best of its kind. If every state began using the CSCI (and the other NSCC resources), we'd take a huge step forward in helping schools create settings in which all children could be safe, supportive, engaged and learn!
Stuart Green, Director, NJ Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention/www.njbullying.org.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NSCCis a vibrant Non profit organisation that I respect very deeply. it is up to date, responsive to users and very prompt in how it handles questions. As a Psychiatrist who works with schools, I deeply appreciate NSCC as a continuous resource for the work I do

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National School Climate Center is the cutting edge organization for research and practical application of all things related to school climate reform. It has been my great privilege to work with them on a variety of projects, and they are an enormously energetic, productive and savvy group. As an educator, I greatly appreciate the Road Map and other tools that provide a framework and process for what research-based school climate reform implementation ‘looks like.’ It is the most comprehensive resource to date for schools willing to do the hard work of intentionally creating a school climate that provides an optimal environment for student and staff learning. NSCC’s best practices support student growth and development of the whole child academically, social-emotionally, civically and ethically. With clear and easy to follow modules, the Road Map points out the conversations and processes that will help all schools evaluate, reflect on and plan for their own ongoing growth, change, and effectiveness. It’s great professional development that strengthens the work of the professional learning community and provides effective planning for the ongoing school improvement process. I recommend it to schools and districts everywhere!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The National School Climate Center does critical work in changing the public perception about the nature of bullying and what we can do about it. They have been instrumental in creating the public awareness fo upstander vs. bystander behavior, and the role institutions can take in changing the culture of bullying to one of awareness and support. Our learning and practical work witht he institute resulted in our urban middle school drastically transforming our culture around bullying.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an educator, I appreciate and applaud that NSCC provides an essential component in the education of all children to be well, able, and contributing members of our society. NSCC is unique in its strength of understanding the dynamics of students and school as well as in its systematic and comprehensive approach to the developing and growing student.
The positive school climate that NSCC promotes - "the school's affective atmosphere that represents what the school believes...what is humane and caring." - is at the cutting edge in our nations educational challenge.
I can not speak too highly of this non-profit organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first encountered the National School Climate Center when asked to present a workshop at their annual institute. I was sufficiently intrigued to stay for the full event, and am glad I did. Their thoughtful, experience-based, and practical advice helps educators at all levels from the classroom to the central administration align their mission and their practices around character development. It was a privilege to work with them, and I look forward to future collaboration.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As I document the lives and learning of youth for the nonprofit What Kids Can Do and others, my work often calls on the theoretical and practical contributions made by Jonathan Cohen and the National School Climate Center. Especially as the press for meaningful academic work in our classrooms increases, educators have an enormous responsibility to understand the social and emotional foundations of learning and to use that knowledge to develop student motivation and engagement. Combining insight and guidance in its materials and programs, NSCC leads the field in this regard.