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Thapa, Amrit – National School Climate Center, 2013
School climate research is clearly evolving. The field demands rigorous and empirically sound research that focuses on relating specific aspects and activities of interventions to changes in specific components of school climate. We also need empirical evidence based on sound research techniques on how both interventions and climate affect…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Research, Educational Change, Participative Decision Making
Ciccone, Patricia A.; Freibeg, Jo Ann – National School Climate Center, 2013
Increasingly, more and more areas of educational practice are being guided by sets of national standards for content, leadership, professional ethics, family-school partnerships, and school accreditation, among others. Similarly, there is growing appreciation that standards are needed to effectively measure improvement in school climate. The…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, National Standards, Long Range Planning, School Policy
Faster, Darlene; Lopez, Daisy – National School Climate Center, 2013
Today, school climate assessment has become an increasingly important and valued aspect of district, state, and federal policy. Recognizing that effective school climate improvement efforts are grounded in valid and reliable data, the Federal Department of Education launched the Safe and Supportive Schools grant in 2010 to provide 11 states with…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, School Culture, Evaluation Methods, Measurement Techniques
Thapa, Amrit; Cohen, Jonathan; Higgins-D'Alessandro, Ann; Guffey, Shawn – National School Climate Center, 2012
Over the past three decades, researchers and educators have increasingly recognized the importance of K-12 school climate. This summary report builds on previous school climate reviews and details how school climate is associated with and/or promotes safety, healthy relationships, engaged learning and teaching and school improvement efforts. In…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Environment, Correlation, School Safety
Bellizio, Dan – National School Climate Center, 2012
This December 2012 Brief updates NSCC's 2011 report "State Policies on School Climate and Bully Prevention Efforts: Challenges and Opportunities for Deepening State Policy Support for Safe and Civil School"s ( This Brief provides a summary of State level: (1) anti-bullying legislation; (2)…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Bullying, School Culture, State Policy
Nader, Kathleen – National School Climate Center, 2012
Research has demonstrated that a positive school climate is an essential part of violence prevention. Many factors influence the association between school climate and behavioral outcomes. Positive school climate alone cannot prevent all variables that may contribute to the expression of aggression. Nevertheless, positive school climates influence…
Descriptors: Violence, Prevention, School Culture, Educational Environment
National School Climate Center, 2012
Student learning and development are a function of both individual and systemic factors. Individual factors include students' motivation as well as their intellectual and social abilities. Systemic factors include teacher quality, administrative leadership, community engagement, and learning environments. The increasing numbers of children living…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Well Being, Cooperation, Data Collection
Piscatelli, Jennifer; Lee, Chiqueena – National School Climate Center, 2011
The National School Climate Center (NSCC) completed a 50-state policy scan on state school climate and anti-bullying policies to better understand the current state policy infrastructure supporting the development of positive school climates. This policy brief examines the current status of school climate and anti-bullying policies in each state,…
Descriptors: Bullying, Prevention, Educational Environment, State Policy
National School Climate Center, 2010
The majority of Americans have a shared vision that K-12 education needs to support children's ability to love, work and participate effectively in a democratic society. The National School Climate Center, a growing number of State Departments of Education and recently, the United States Department of Education believe that when school communities…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Environment, National Standards, Benchmarking