School Climate and Culture

Programs and Practices
Programs and Practices
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Website Icon Incredible Years
Curriculum based program for students, teachers and parents of students pre-kindergarten to middle school. Skills based groups support pro-social skills divided into three program components working jointly promoting social emotional and behavioral ...

Website Icon Mental Health First Aid
MHFA is a course for adults designed to improve knowledge and modify attitudes and perceptions about mental health and related issues, including how to respond to individuals who are experiencing one or more acute mental health crises. Training is ...

Website Icon No Bully “The No Bully System”
A step by step process and intervention to prevent and stop bullying in schools, this system gives the target audience of school leaders and teachers a series of interventions for responding to bullying and harassment. The practice uses a four level ...

Website Icon Olweus Bullying Prevention Project (YSP)
A schoolwide program designed to improve peer relations to prevent or reduce bullying in the elementary, middle and junior high school setting. It has also been adapted successfully for high school. All students and adults participate, with ...

Website Icon Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)
School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support is a framework for achieving improved academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. It guides intervention at the school and district level by a structure to support the adults and students ...

Website Icon Project SUCCESS
A substance use prevention program that can be used with at-risk students with poor academic performance, truancy, discipline problems, negative attitudes toward school and parental substance abuse in alternative and comprehensive middle and high ...

Website Icon Second Step
Developmentally appropriate, short, interactive lessons for students in Pre-K – middle school developed for prevention of substance abuse, bullying, and violence. Students learn social-emotional skills such as self-regulation, empathy, ...

Website Icon Steps to Respect: Bullying Prevention for Elementary School
Bullying prevention program for 3rd-6th grade. Training encompasses all staff, including a family overview session. Staff assess current practices and implement strategies to increase awareness and responsiveness, help students victimized by ...

Website Icon Youth Mental Health First Aid
YMHFA is designed to improve knowledge and modify attitudes and perceptions about mental health and related issues, including how to respond to youth who are experiencing one or more acute mental health crises. The course focuses on the unique risk ...

Website Icon Active Parenting of Teens
Using components from the curriculum “Active Parenting,” this program offers skills based interventions for both parents and teens. The focus is on middle school students, but age ranges from 13-17 and their parents. Typical program is offered in ...

Website Icon Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices
Skills-based intervention promoting resilience through the development of skills such as self control, problem solving, positive social relationships and healthy choices. At forty six sessions (15-25 minutes long) Al’s Pals is one year in length and ...

Website Icon Albuquerque Victim-Offender Mediation Program
Developed by New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution so victims and 10-19 year old offenders could meet, negotiate, and problem solve in the community. There are mediation programs for schools, parents/children, and incarcerated youth. Used with ...

Website Icon All Stars
A skills-based intervention designed for both in-school and after-school/community settings. Utilizing group and one-on-one activities of approximately 45 minutes in length; the All Stars programs focus on building strong interpersonal relations and ...

Website Icon An Apple A Day
A literacy based program for the development of self esteem and healthy habits in children that begins in kindergarten and continues through the 4th grade. The program may be based in a school or community setting. The 30 to 45 minute lessons are ...

Website Icon Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Peer Training Program
Antibias and diversity training for middle and high schools. Students from diverse school subgroups are selected and trained to lead workshops with peers about issues such as bias, discrimination, harassment, and social responsibility. Through a ...

Website Icon California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
This site provides information related to selected child welfare programs. Programs featured on the site are being used in California to promote child and family well-being. Resources are listed by topic areas including behavior management, parent ...

Website Icon Career Academies - Career Clusters
Schools within schools (Career Clusters) are connected to careers and include high school academic subjects to prepare students for college or work. Each academy is composed of grade level students who stay together with the same teachers for 4 ...

Website Icon Caring School Community (CSC)
A key feature of this universal K-6 school climate program is the school-wide implementation of the model. CSC focuses on strengthening students’ connectedness to school thereby increasing academic motivation and achievement and reducing drug use, ...

Website Icon Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV)
Housed at the University of Colorado Boulder, the CSPV disseminates information/resources, offers technical assistance and conducts research related to understanding and preventing violence, particularly adolescent violence. The website provides a ...

Website Icon Connections: Relationships and Marriage
Curriculum for high school students in grades 11 and 12. Students explore skills required to develop healthy and stable interpersonal relationships with family, friends, dating partners, and eventually in marriage. Students assess their current ...

Website Icon Conscious Discipline
A program that integrates classroom behavior management strategies with social-emotional learning to increase self-regulation and improve classroom and school climate. Emotional intelligence is addressed for both adults and children. Teachers learn ...

Website Icon Consistency Management and Cooperative Discipline
A classroom and school model, designed for inner-city students aged 8-11, to prevent disruptive behavior before it begins and foster a classroom environment of active learning, respect, and discipline. Teachers and students learn and practice five ...

Website Icon Coping Power Program
A preventive intervention that addresses social competence and self-regulation for children identified as being at-risk for substance use and delinquency. Children participate in structured cognitive-behavioral sessions designed to improve ...

Website Icon Courage to Care:Building Community Through Service (Touchstones)
Teacher/leader and student texts with lesson plans and worksheets that use passages from major literary works for reading/discussing issues of trust, respect, collaboration and community. Strategies help students in grades 2-12 learn to process ...

Website Icon Creating a Peaceful School Learning Environment (CAPSLE)
A schoolwide, K-12, intervention designed to reduce student aggression, victimization, aggressive bystander behavior, and disruptive or off-task classroom behaviors. Components include a classroom management plan and lessons that foster ...

Website Icon Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG)
Group intervention designed to increase resiliency and reduce risk factors among students in kindergarten through middle school who are identified by school counselors and faculty as being at elevated risk for early substance use and future ...

Website Icon Early Risers "Skills for Success"
For elementary school students who are at high risk for early development of conduct problems, including substance use. Early Risers integrates child-, school-, and family-focused interventions to move high-risk children onto a more adaptive ...

Website Icon Families and Schools Together (FAST)
Multifamily group intervention designed to build relationships between families, schools and communities to increase well-being among preschool through high school students. The goals of FAST are to improve family functioning, prevent school ...

Website Icon Family Solutions Program
An early intervention program designed for families of juvenile first-offenders or at-risk students. Designed to strengthen family relationships through lessons focused on communication and cooperation, conflict resolution, decision-making, peer ...

Website Icon Fix School Discipline
Produced by the Public Counsel of California this website contains a toolkit to support and guide schools in addressing discipline and creating positive climates for student learning and wellness. Numerous resources are listed and specific ...

Website Icon Footprints for Life
Designed for second and third grade students the goal of Footprints for Life is to help young children build assets and a strong foundation of life skills rooted in key social competencies. It is a 6-week curriculum with weekly lessons, and each ...

Website Icon Get Real About Violence
K-12 anti-violence curriculum designed for participation by the entire school community. Targets a wide range of violent behavior: bullying, teasing, spreading rumors among younger children and threats and assaults in later years. Students are ...

Website Icon Good Behavior Game
A classroom management approach for increasing on-task behavior and reducing disruptive behavior during instructional times. The class is divided into teams that receive check marks when a member exhibits disruptive behavior. Teams with four or ...

Website Icon Good Behavior Game (GBG)
GBG is a classroom-based behavior management strategy for elementary school teachers to use along with a school's standard instructional curricula. Teams and rewards are used to socialize children to the role of student and reduce aggressive, ...

Website Icon Guiding Good Choices (GGC)
For parents of children in grades 4 through 8, the program seeks to strengthen and clarify family expectations for behavior. Promotion of family bonding works to teach skills that allow children to resist drug use successfully. Five-session ...

Website Icon I'm Special
A primary substance abuse prevention program for 3rd and 4th graders. The program focuses on building resilient qualities in students. Developing skills and strategies for protective factors, Im Special is administered by trained facilitators ...

Website Icon KiVa Antibullying Program
A school-wide intervention that addresses individual-, classroom-, and school-level factors. Manuals and curricula are developmentally targeted, for grades One–Three, Four–Six, and Seven–Nine. Materials are available to provide information and ...

Website Icon LEADS: For Youth (Linking Education and Awareness of Depression and Suicide)
A 3-hour, classroom-based, high school curriculum designed as a component of a schools suicide crisis management program. Program goals are to increase students knowledge of depression and suicide, modify students perceptions of depression and ...

Website Icon Lesson One
A PreK-6 schoolwide intervention to develop staff and students' sense of belonging, respect and trust. Targeted skills and concepts include listening, diversity, self-control, stress reduction, responsibility and cooperation. Implementation involves ...

Website Icon Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence
A comprehensive life skills program designed for schoolwide and classroom implementation for grades 6-8 (ages 10-14). The program employs a variety of instructional strategies, including inquiry, discussion and group work. Eighty 45-minute ...

Website Icon Living Works
The primary focus of Living Works is improving helper competencies to intervene with persons at risk of suicide. Five programs are featured at the website. Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST), safeTALK, suicideTALK, esuicideTALK, and ...

Website Icon Mental Health America
MHA, the leading advocacy organization addressing the full spectrum of mental and substance use conditions and their effects nationwide, works to inform, advocate and enable access to quality behavioral health services for all Americans.The site ...

Website Icon National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI California is an organization of families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness. NAMI staff and members advocate for lives of quality and respect, without discrimination and stigma, for all constituents. They ...

Website Icon Open Circle
A classroom-based program for students, ages 5-10, designed to strengthen social and emotional learning (SEL) and foster safe, caring classrooms and schools. In 15-20 minute, twice weekly, interactive classroom meetings, students practice listening, ...

Website Icon PeaceBuilders
A California-based Pre K-12 violence prevention curriculum and professional development program. Teachers, parents, administrators, and support staff teach, reinforce, and model positive behavior principles to improve school climate and culture, ...

Website Icon PeaceWorks
Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, classroom-based curricula promoting students' prosocial behavior and positive affiliation with parents. Program components include: communication, understanding and resolving conflict, perceptions, fighting fair, ...

Website Icon Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL)
A peer-based assistance program to help students avoid risk factors for a variety of problems, such as substance use, low academic achievement, absenteeism, violence, teen pregnancy and suicide. Teachers recruit, train, monitor, and evaluate PAL ...

Website Icon Peers Making Peace
A pre-K through grade 12 peer-mediation program aimed at improving school environments by reducing violence, assaults, and discipline referrals and increasing academic performance. Teams of 15 to 24 students who represent the community’s racial, ...

Website Icon Point Break
A day-long workshop for 13-17 year old students, designed to promote resiliency, problem-solving skills, conflict resolution, empathy and respect for others. High-energy activities are intended to engage students and encourage interaction outside ...

Website Icon Positive Action
A program designed to improve academic achievement, school attendance and problem behaviors such as substance use, violence, suspensions, disruptive behaviors, dropping out and sexual behavior, as well as parent-child bonding, family cohesion, and ...

Website Icon Primary Project
A program designed for early detection and prevention of school adjustment difficulties for children in preschool through grade 3 who may exhibit aggression, withdrawal and learning difficulties that interfere with their learning. Children ...

Website Icon Project ACHIEVE
A school wide reform program promoting positive behavioral support systems and school safety; positive classroom and school climates; and community and parent outreach. Desired outcomes include improved academic, social-emotional/behavioral and ...

Website Icon Project Cornerstone
A YMCA of Silicon Valley initiative offering programs for students, teachers/staff and parents/caregivers to prevent bullying and promote a positive school climate/culture. Student workshops address consequences of bullying and how to identify and ...

Website Icon Project MAGIC (Making A Group and Individual Commitment)
Alternative to detention for first-time juvenile offenders. Curriculum includes substance abuse education, anger management, conflict management, problem solving/decisionmaking, communication, personal responsibility and community service. There is ...

Website Icon Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS), PATHS Preschool
The PATHS® program is designed to promote social-emotional development and reduce aggression and other behavior problems. Curricula are packed as separate grade level modules. Elementary lessons are 20- to 30- minutes and concepts are presented ...

Website Icon Restorative Justice
In the juvenile delinquency justice setting the theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior is called Restorative Justice. The goal of this approach is to bring together the affected with the perpetrator of the ...

Website Icon Sacramento Countywide Bullying Prevention Project
The website's goal is to provide a collection of resource materials and information. Our powerful search feature lets you find helpful resources specific to your needs as parents and community, students, teachers and school staff, or administrators. ...

Website Icon Safe School Ambassadors
This bystander education program aims to reduce bullying and enhance school climate through the recruitment and training of socially influential student leaders from diverse groups within a school. Adult volunteers from the school or community serve ...

Website Icon Say It Straight
Program helps students in grades 3-12 learn skills to communicate and behave in ways that empower them to reduce risky behaviors like drug/alcohol/tobacco use, bullying, sexual behavior, violence, and eating disorders. At school the program is ...

Website Icon Self-Science
A classroom-based curriculum designed to teach emotional intelligence and help students discover their own learning styles, increase cooperation and improve classroom relationships. The program aims to improve students’ self-awareness and ...

Website Icon Social Skills Group Intervention (S.S.GRIN) 3-5
A social skills program for students in grades 3-5. The focus is on building social problem-solving skills in behavioral, cognitive and emotional areas. The program can be implemented by school counselors, psychologists or social workers in settings ...

Website Icon The Fourth R
Skills for Youth Relationships is a curriculum for students in the 8th and 9th grade designed to promote healthy and safe behaviors related to dating, bullying, sexuality and substance use. Based on social learning theory and grounded in stages of ...

Website Icon The Great Body Shop
A classroom-based program designed to promote health and prevent substance abuse and violence for children in prekindergarten through middle school. The curriculum includes 10 monthly themes, including bullying, nutrition, character education, ...

Website Icon UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools
The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools offers a number of resources and tools as well as a program clearinghouse and publications to support schools in creating environments for social emotional wellness and academic success. They also have an ...

Website Icon Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines (V-STAG)
K-12 school-based process to help school administrators, mental health staff, and law enforcement assess and respond to threat incidents and prevent violence involving students. Participating schools establish a threat assessment team whose members ...