We measure and improve the climate for learning in schools.

The National School Climate Center promotes safe, supportive learning environments that nurture social and emotional, civic, and academic growth for all students.

Educational Services

Ranging from Professional Development to School Climate Leadership Certification, NSCC is ready to help schools grow their capacity to do school climate improvement work.

Measuring School Climate

NSCC has variety of measurement tools that are designed to help school communities get a quantitative understanding of their school climate.

Bully Prevention

NSCC offers a wide array of services to support school,district, and state educators in addressing bias and bullying to promote a community of upstanders.

Policy Center

Our resources, consultation services, and more help school leaders analyze current policies through a school climate improvement lens.

Research and Evaluation

Our research is invested in contributing to the contemporary conversation happening in the field of school climate improvement.

Our Publications

We have extensive research, case studies, and more to help you get a clear understanding of the school climate improvement process.

Bully Prevention

Bullying is one of the most common findings that emerges from our Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) survey data. Students report feeling less socially and physically safe than adults realize. NSCC offers a wide array of services to support school, district, and state educators in addressing bias and bullying to promote a community of upstanders. Whether you are looking to launch a school-wide campaign using free resources, access self-paced tools, hold professional development sessions, or implement a long-term anti-bullying initiative, NSCC can provide the support that youth and adults need to create safe and supportive school communities.

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Get started with the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI)

Our Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) supports whole school communities learning and working together to understand their school community's strengths, as well as areas for improvement. The CSCI is one of the nation's most scientifically sound surveys with proven reliability and validity; the data captured through the CSCI conveys how students, parents/ guardians, and school personnel perceive a school's particular climate for learning in a robust, user-friendly report.

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The School Climate Resource Center

The School Climate Resource Center supports education leaders and their teams' school climate improvement efforts. Our suite of resources enables school communities to build their capacity and expertise in creating and maintaining positive school climates. From surveys and protocols, to research and best practices, the Resource Center can support your work today.

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Latest News and Updates

Shenandoah Valley student speaks of school climate initiative

Nov 21, 2017 by Stephen J. Pytak

​​“School climate refers to the quality and character of school life. It is based on people’s experiences of school and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures,” according to the state Department of Education website.

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ESSA Accountability Plans Offer K-12 Companies Key Primers on State Needs

Dec 01, 2017 by Michelle R. Davis

​​All states and the District of Columbia have now submitted their accountability plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act—though not all have received approval from the U.S. Department of Education. Those policy blueprints offer K-12 providers specifics on the states’ emerging demands for products and services—demands that companies must be ready to meet.

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New Brief Links School Climate and SEL

Mar 15, 2018 by The Pennsylvania State University

​For a long time, social emotional learning and school climate have been seen as two separate fields, but now researchers and practitioners recognize that both benefit each other and are necessary to building healthy schools. School Climate and Social Emotional Learning: The Integration of Two Approaches issue brief, created by The Pennsylvania State University with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, describes how school climate and SEL can and should be integrated in future research and practice. Read the full brief.

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Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the U.S. Released February 28, 2018

Mar 15, 2018 by Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence

​An interdisciplinary group of 19 school violence experts developed a joint statement endorsed by NSCC, which outlines a public health approach to protect students and adults from gun violence. This statement identifies an 8-point plan involving three levels of prevention, including a recommendation for a national requirement that all schools assess school climate and maintain safe environments that protect all students and adults. You can read the full statement and sign on here.

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Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens

May 25, 2018 by The Aspen Institute

​The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program released a new brief – Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: A Call to Action​. Developed with input from a broad cross-section of education practitioners and scholars, this framework is intended to help policymakers, practitioners and communities as they work to integrate the culturally and racially responsive approach to social, emotional and academic development necessary to achieve education equity for all students. 

While it will take a concerted, multi-sector approach to achieve full equity for all students and for society, schools have an important role to play. Recognizing the role of race and taking action to respond in a culturally sustaining way, is one critical piece of the puzzle. 

If you’d like to join in endorsing the framework and uniting behind its call to action, you can sign on here.

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"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."

-Dr. Catherine Blaya - Chair of the International Observatory of Violence in Schools

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