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School Climate Transformation

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on September 15, 2014

Integrating behavioral models with a holistic approach that supports students, parents and school personnel learning and working together

by Jonathan Cohen, President & Co-founder of NSCC

Too many educational leaders are confused about what school climate improvement means: a behaviorally informed model or a more holistic and comprehensive effort that intentionally engages students, parents or guardians, school personnel and even community members to learn and work together.

There is growing awareness that K-12 schools are struggling with two major problems that undermine student learning and their healthy development: bully-victim-bystander behavior and the shameful high school dropout rates that disproportionally effect economically disadvantaged students of color and feed the high school to prison pipeline.

A growing number of Federal organizations, State DOE’s and districts as well as the recent School Discipline Consensus Project report and AERA’s Bully Prevention Report and Recommendations have recognized and endorsed school climate improvement efforts as an evidence-based strategy that promotes school connectedness, reduces bully-victim-bystander behavior as well as student drop out rates.

The US Department of Education (ED) has decided to do something about it by soliciting the School Climate Transformation grants and allocating $29 million to deal with these problems.

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Research Roundup, May 13

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on May 13, 2014

Novice teachers’ perceptions of school climate and self-efficacy International Journal of Educational Research

The importance of self-efficacy and the school climate and their interrelationship according to teacher profiles were analysed to better support the adaptation and professional development of novice teachers during the first year of teaching. The findings confirm that a supportive school climate positively influences novice teachers’ beliefs regarding self-efficacy.


New Book Aims to Bridge the Gap Between Research, Policy, and Practice to Support Change in America’s Schools University of Rochester Newsroom

A new book, exploring how educational research gets into the hands of policymakers and practitioners, uncovers issues around the accessibility and visibility of academic research and other types of evidence at all levels of the K-12 school system.


Measuring parent perceptions of school climate. Psychological Assessment

Parents’ attitudes about their children’s schools matter. Their views can shape their children’s attitudes about school, affect their levels of family–school engagement, and influence their residential and school enrollment decisions.


This Research Roundup was compiled by Chanelle Spencer, Research Fellow at NSCC

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Enhancing SEL Learning at P169M

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on January 21, 2014

Our series of blog posts focused on social-emotional learning (SEL) continues. In this post, we introduce you to P169M, a District 75 school using SEL as a common language to enrich individual and group instruction needs.

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Promoting Social-Emotional Awareness at Mickey Mantle School

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on January 15, 2014

Developing a positive school climate is a partnership effort between the entire school community of educators, administrators, mental health professionals, students, and parents. Schools and districts across the nation are speaking to this effort in a number of innovate ways. In this post, we introduce you to Mickey Mantle School, a District 75 school developing a common language supportive of academic, social and emotional needs. Read on for the first of a series of blogs highlighting schools promoting high levels of social-emotional awareness and understanding.

By: Barry Daub, Principal, P811M-The Mickey Mantle School, New York, NY

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Research Roundup, December 17

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on December 17, 2013

Does Your School Climate Focus on Learning? Ed Week

As a school leader, I always believed that I was the biggest contributor to our school climate. It's not that I believe school leaders have the most important job in the school, because everyone plays an important part in the school community, but the climate of the school begins with the school leader.


Social Media: An Asset for Teachers and Leaders Ed Week

The use of social media as a communication tool for educators is inevitable. The paramount value of using social media is the creation and maintenance of relationships. It is a communication accelerant that moves information between people faster than we have ever experienced and, in fewer words than we are used to using.


11 Foreign Education Policies That Could Transform American Schools Huffington Post

We learned the results of the latest PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) last week, and American students performed the same on the well-regarded international exam as they have for the past ten years -- completely stagnant, smack dab in the middle of the spectrum...It could be time for our country to look at some of the specific protocols and methods that top-performing countries are using to educate their children. Here, we have highlighted 11 education policies from highly-ranked countries that seem to be working for them.


Ridgefield Park High School participates in innovative anti-bullying initiative NewJersey.com

Ridgefield Park Junior High School is participating in the ROOTS Program - a harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) prevention program in conjunction with Princeton University. The school's participation highlights its commitment to anti-bullying initiatives, and the program will yield tailor-made recommendations for further improving the social-emotional climate at RPJHS.


High quality PreK-8 education is critical News Herald

As we learn more about the brain and researchers gain a better understanding of how the body works, it appears that education does more than prepare kids for fulfilling careers.


This Research Roundup was compiled by Chanelle Spencer, Research Fellow at NSCC

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