Spotlight on School Climate
Schools and communities contend with many factors that affect the conditions for learning, such as bullying, harassment, violence, and substance abuse. Accurately measuring school climate helps schools identify areas of improvement and choose evidence-based interventions for effecting positive change.
Read what our researchers are finding out about how learning environments affect whether students feel—and are—safe, connected, supported, and challenged.
Measuring School Climate
The Ready to Assess suite of tools helps education leaders, practitioners, and policymakers decide whether and how to assess social and emotional development.
This policy brief provides principal evaluation system designers information about the technical soundness and cost (i.e., time requirements) of publicly available school climate surveys.
Creating a Positive School Environment
NCSSLE aims to improve conditions for learning in schools so that all students have the opportunity to realize academic success. The Center includes resources for measuring school climate; guides and training products to support building and promoting safe and supportive learning environments for all students; and technical assistance and training services for stakeholders such as state administrators, personnel in institutions of higher education, and district and school administrators to improve conditions for learning.
The Good Behavior Game is a team-based classroom behavior management strategy designed for early grades, helping children master the role of student and be successful at the demands of the classroom. The AIR approach to implementing the Good Behavior Game is grounded in research on adult learning and professional development.
Preventing Violence and Harassment
As more is being learned about the negative psychological and physical effects of bullying, researchers are focusing on how to address the problem. The research and resources featured here relate to efforts to prevent violence in schools and help young people feel safe and supported.
The Safe Place to Learn resource package provides a range of materials to support school efforts to prevent and eliminate peer-to-peer sexual harassment and sexual violence. This resource package supports school district and school staff efforts to comply with Title IX sex discrimination prohibitions and create a positive school climate.