Policy Center

Research findings affirm that school climate policy should be integral to education policy, thereby directly shaping local school improvement efforts and students’ educational experiences.  In 2007, the National School Climate Council identified a gap between school climate research on the one hand and school climate policy and practice on the other. In an effort to narrow this gap, the National School Climate Center provides and makes available the following policy-related services and resources:

School Climate Policy Consultation

NSCC offers the following policy consultation services regarding school climate, bullying, and harassment:

  • Consult with school districts to develop comprehensive school climate policies
  • Consult with school districts to develop comprehensive bullying/harassment policies
  • Review of existing state and/or district school climate and/or bullying/harassment policies with analysis and recommendations regarding their alignment with comprehensive school climate policy.
Some of the organizations and departments that NSCC has consulted to include: Numerous State Departments of Education (such as Louisiana, New Jersey, Tennessee, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Minnesota, and South Dakota), school districts both large and small (such as Chicago and Westbrook, Connecticut), and national and local organizations (such as the Association for Alaska School Boards, Council of State Governments, New Jersey Office of Legislative Services, ASCD, Special Olympics, The Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts, New America, Alliance for Education and Futures Without Violence).

Civil Rights Services

NSCC offers a range of services related to civil rights issues that may arise in your school. We consult with schools to prevent violations of civil rights statutes and eliminate victimization of students and members of the school community. Such services include the following:

  • Policy and program development assistance relating to educational equity, bullying and harassment, and school climate reform.
  • Implement needs assessments (e.g. through surveys, focus groups, etc.) to gauge where schools are situated in the school climate improvement process.
  • Guide districts to implement effective investigations procedures and strategies to work with concerned government agencies regarding potential civil rights violations
  • Provide guidance regarding OCR’s Dear Colleague Letters (DCLs). For guidance documents regarding the DCLs and easy access to the DCLs, click here.
  • Professional development training for educators regarding best practices for preventing discrimination, bullying, and harassment
  • Assist school districts in developing incident tracking systems to prepare for the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) new data collection requirements for the 2015-2016 school year

Policy Resources

NSCC has developed five sets of policy-related information, guidelines and tools about school climate and bully prevention policy.

These resources include:

  • The National School Climate Standards: The Standards present a vision and framework for a positive and sustainable school climate. They complement national standards for Content, Leadership, and Professional Development and the Parent Teacher Association's National Standards for Family School Partnerships Standards. To go directly to the Standards, click here.
  • Online database of policies and laws: This database contains information about the state laws and educational policies for school climate as well as bully prevention in each state. From this database, you can generate profiles of the state policies for school climate and bully prevention efforts in individual states, and view predetermined reports on state policies for these two issues. To go directly to this database, click here.

For more information regarding our other policy resources, click here.

Policy Publications

For access to our policy-related publications, click here and here.

Policy Institute

For information regarding NSCC's annual policy institute, which strives to bring together practice and policy, click here.

For further information, please write to: [email protected]