School Climate and Culture

Publications and Tools
Publications and Tools
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PDF Icon After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools
An online toolkit developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) to assist schools responding to a suicide or other death in the school community. The toolkit provides key ...

Website Icon Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature
A full research monograph of work by the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida. In this document you will find a detailed summary of the science of implementation. The study of the findings of research ...

Website Icon Walk in Our Shoes
Visitors to the site are treated to a unique interactive environment for mental wellness for both youth and adults. Designed for ages 9 to 13 this site gives visitors an opportunity to learn more about mental wellness including facts, myths, mental ...

Website Icon Youth Suicide Prevention and Student Mental Wellness Series Online Courses
Developed with support from the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) for the Region 11 K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative, these no-cost course modules are designed for teachers, administrators, nurses, and district and school ...

Website Icon A Foundation for Bullying Prevention
This PowerPoint from The Committee for Children offers an overview of bullying: how it differs from conflict, its prevalence in schools, the role of bystanders, and a summary of recommendations for prevention. Presenters recommend curricula that ...

Website Icon Administrative Considerations
School administrators are challenged in dealing proactively with bullying. Rick Riegel presents this 10-minute video that discusses how educators can 1) prevent bullying from happening, 2) respond when it does, and 3) keep it from happening again. ...

PDF Icon American Indian and Alaska Native Culture Card: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness
Those serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities can enhance their own cultural competence using the guidelines provided in this manual provided by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Regional ...

Website Icon American School Counselor Association
Numerous resources are featured on this website dedicated to the success of students in school. The site includes webinars on assisting students in crisis. These resources can be located by following the resource link on the home page in the article ...

Website Icon An Educator’s Guide to Children’s Mental Health
The Minnesota Association for Childrens Mental Health provides free fact sheets for educators. Childrens mental health disorder specific fact sheets in both English and Spanish for preschool and the childhood years are included. The fact sheets ...

PDF Icon Are School-Level Supports for Teachers and Teacher Collegiality Related to Other School Climate Characteristics and Student Academic Performance?
Effective working conditions for teachers lead to positive learning conditions for students. This fact sheet describes research that reveals that supportive working conditions and teacher collegiality are higher both in student perceptions of a ...

Website Icon Attendance Works
An initiative at the national, state and local levels promoting awareness of the importance of regular school attendance. The initiative emphasizes regular attendance beginning in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. The website features a variety ...

PDF Icon Behavioral Health Barometer, SAMHSA
One of a series of State and National Reports that provide a snapshot of the state of behavioral health in the Nation. This resource is an excellent guide and planning tool for local districts to compare data and plan for trends. This array of ...

Website Icon Bullying & Hate-Motivated Behavior Prevention
This compilation of resources offered by the California Department of Education includes: frequently asked questions, prevention programs, policy and implementation ideas, and suggestions for parents. A brief definition of bullying is provided, with ...

PDF Icon Bullying and Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Needs
Children with disabilities are at an increased risk of being bullied, including children with physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, and sensory disabilities. Kids with special health or dietary needs may also be at higher risk of being ...

Website Icon Bullying and School Climate (Archived Webinar)
What is the connection between school climate and bullying? In this 28-minute webinar, Dr. Lucy Vezzuto defines what is meant by school climate, how it develops, and how it impacts student growth and academic success. Bullying is related to school ...

Website Icon Bullying Hurts
Bullying can be physical, verbal, or psychological. In this 16-minute video presentation, Christine Laehle explains bullying and teasing, types of bullying, characteristics and warning signs of a target and a bully, and the bystander effect. ...

PDF Icon Bullying of LGBT Youth and Those Perceived to Have Different Sexual Orientations
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, or those perceived as LGBT, may be bullied by their peers. This may be sexual harassment covered under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Stopbullying.gov created this information ...

Website Icon California Department of Education School Safety Resources
The California Department of Education's Safe Schools web page offers a list of available training opportunities, resources and technical assistance to help establish school/community environments that are physically and emotionally safe, well ...

Website Icon California Healthy Kids Survey
A California statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors and risk behaviors of students in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11. The survey features three main domains: Physical Health, Safety and Social Emotional Health. Data is collected for each domain ...

Website Icon California Safe and Supportive Schools (S3)
Students well-being and academic success positively correlate to the level of opportunities for student participation. This site provides access to a wide range of publications, tools, trainings, and other technical assistance to support ...

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 ...

PDF Icon Character, Connectedness, Community and Cognition
The link between cognitive development and social-emotional-character development is presented in this PowerPoint presentation (PDF format). The sessions main topics are how student connectedness fosters learning, the elements of an intentional ...

Website Icon Classroom Prevention Program
A first-grade program that combines a classroom management strategy called “The Good Behavior Game” with an enhanced academic curriculum in language arts and math. A "Critique of the Week" component addresses topics related to healthy lifestyles. ...

PDF Icon Community Action Planning “Bullying Prevention and Response Based Training Module”
These Bullying Prevention Training Module materials are designed to support community and school efforts in the presentation of research-based resources that can help lead bullying prevention efforts. Slides help present the latest information and ...

PDF Icon Community Action Toolkit
A toolkit designed to support communities and schools in creating bullying prevention activities. Use of the toolkit will help to plan and execute an event to prevent and stop bullying behavior. This toolkit is developed by the U.S. Government and ...

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 ...

PDF Icon Cyberbullying: Identification, Prevention, and Response
Cyberbullying is defined as willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices to harass, threaten, humiliate, or otherwise hassle peers. Cyberbullying is a growing problem. This fact sheet ...

Website Icon Cyberbullying: What You Can Do
Cyberbullying, the use of electronic technology such as text messaging and social networking to bully another child, is a growing problem. This webinar, hosted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), provides details ...

Website Icon Developmental Assets - Search Institute
The Developmental Assets framework describes 40 factors that are critical for children to grow and thrive. Research indicates that youth with more of these assets are less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors, including alcohol use, violence, ...

Website Icon Eliminating Barriers to Learning Through the Early Identification of Student Mental Health Issues Webinar
In this free informational Webinar presenters discuss early identification of student mental health issues and the impact on school performance. In addition, they offer tools to identify, recognize, refer, and support students with mental health ...

Website Icon Family Engagement Framework
A framework intended to provide guidance to educators, districts, schools, families and communities as they plan, implement and evaluate strategies across multiple programs for effective family engagement to support student achievement and close the ...

PDF Icon Five Interconnected Dimensions Of School Climate: What Does The Research Say? A Gist List
Positive school climate, including an evidence-based social and emotional skill-based curriculum, can improve students achievement and enhance the lives of educators. This paper compiles a brief list of research facts related to safety, teaching ...

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 General Guidance on Bullying: Bullying Prevention and Response
In this 11-minute video, Karen Meyers of the Orange County Department of Education summarizes California laws regarding bullying and discusses factors districts may want to consider when responding to bullying allegations. This presentation ...

PDF Icon Guide for Preventing and Responding to School Violence
The guide is designed to support schools in creating safer learning environments. It includes sections on Crisis Planning and Preparation, During a Major Crisis and After a Crisis. A full range of collaboration for safer schools is encouraged.

PDF Icon Guidelines for Conducting Student Fishbowl Focus Groups
The Student Fishbowl Focus Group is a highly adaptable process that uses basic dialogue concepts and a simple structure to encourage students to express their opinion, ideas and concerns about their classrooms and school. The reversal of formal ...

PDF Icon Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline
Published by the U.S. Department of Education in January 2014 this guide provides three principles for improving school climate with practical action steps. The principles include: creating a positive school climate using evidence-based ...

PDF Icon Helping Children Overcome Test Anxiety
A one-page document from the American School Counselor Association that addresses key research findings about how stress and emotions affect students’ performance on school work and in testing situations. Practical tips are provided which students ...

PDF Icon Inventory of Adult Attitudes & Behaviors
The inventory is a companion document that can be used for professional development in conjunction with Dr. Lucy Vezzutos presentation, Promoting Authentic Student Voice (which can also be found on this online clearinghouse). Participants ...

Website Icon Kidsdata.org
Serving as a gateway to comprehensive data about the health and well being of children across California, this website makes it easy to monitor trends and pinpoint disparities. Users can easily find shareable data from more than 35 trusted public ...

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 More Than Just Mean Girls - Relational Aggression
A series of three video conferences, each with 3-4 speakers/researchers, addressing the issue of aggression in girls from early childhood through adolescence. Topics include: what is childhood aggression, effects on girls vs. boys, physiological ...

Website Icon More Than Sad
A program of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that provides education about factors that put youth at risk for suicide, in particular depression and other mental disorders. A set of materials designed for the education of teens is ...

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 National Association of School Psychologists
The Association is focused on helping children achieve their best in school, at home and in life. There are a number of resources to support schools with mental wellness in addition to strategies for coping with school violence or a crisis. Some ...

Website Icon National Institute of Mental Health
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health page of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website features a wide array of free resources including publications, tools and study results. The Institute focuses on transforming the understanding ...

Website Icon National School Climate Center
A safe and supportive school environment nurtures social, ethical, and academic growth. NSCC focuses on promoting a healthy learning climate by providing a variety of resources, programs, and best practices related to bullying prevention and ...

PDF Icon Opportunities for Meaningful Participation in School
Students well-being and academic success is affected by opportunities to participate in and contribute to meaningful school activities. Increased opportunities for participation positively correlate with academic performance, student connectedness ...

Website Icon Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center
A variety of bullying-prevention resources are available for educators, students, and parents, including information pertaining to students with disabilities. Included are fact sheets and handouts, educator toolkits and activities, videos, and links ...

PDF Icon Promoting Authentic Student Voice
Connecting with students by promoting authentic student voice, creates a positive school climate that is critical to student success. In this presentation, Lucy Vezzuto, Ph.D. shares specific, grade-appropriate strategies for involving students ...

Website Icon Rachel’s Challenge
Site is dedicated to supporting positive school climate for students by bringing awareness to issues of bullying, isolation and despair. “Rachel's Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to ...

PDF Icon Responding to Crisis at a School
Resource aid outlines school crisis intervention, responding to crisis in schools and strategic guides for responding to crisis. Addressing specific areas of concern such as "Community and Gang Violence" and "Recommendations for the Support and ...

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. ...

PDF Icon Safeguarding Our Children: An Action Guide
An action guide to help administrators, communities and family members create safe, connected and supportive environments in schools. The guide details strategies to build a school-wide foundation, respond to early warning signs, and for the ...

PDF Icon Sample Action Plan for Local Educational Agencies (California Department of Education)
Developed by the California Department of Education in compliance with Assembly Bill 9 to ensure schools act promptly and appropriately to resolve disputes and instances of taunting, harassment, intimidation, or bullying that could result in ...

PDF Icon School Climate & Academic Performance Across California High Schools
The School Climate Index includes factors such as positive relationships, opportunities for meaningful participation in activities, and school safety perceptions. This 2-page fact sheet, published by California Safe and Supportive Schools and ...

PDF Icon School Climate and Mental Health
The National School Climate Council (2007) defines school climate as the quality and character of school life. It encompasses a variety of factors, including norms, values, relationships, teaching, leadership, and organizational structures. This ...

PDF Icon School Climate Matters
School culture and climate may be the most important ingredients of a successful instructional program and school reform efforts. This two-page, brief article describes key factors, examples, and research related to school climate and how it ...

PDF Icon School Climate Research Summary: August 2012
School climate impacts both students and school staff. Research on school climate has been conducted in a range of fields, including mental health, social-emotional learning, risk prevention, and character education. This document summarizes ...

PDF Icon School-Based Restorative Justice: Lessons from West Oakland
Report examines the use of restorative justice at Cole Middle School in West Oakland, California. Restorative Justice is utilized at Cole as an alternative to zero-tolerance practices that are often used for suspension and expulsion. The report ...

Website Icon Sprigeo
Online bullying prevention program where reports are made anonymously by students, teachers, parents and other staff who do not want give in-person reports to school personnel. Program has an administrative tool for identifying behavior trends and ...

PDF Icon Teacher Support: High Expectations and Caring Relationships
Data from the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey System (CalSCHLS) are used to describe how student wellbeing across California high schools is dependent upon levels of teacher support. This fact sheet briefly summarizes ...

Website Icon The Before, During and After: A Crisis Guide for Schools
Information in this webinar assists district and school staff in preparing ahead for a crisis situation. Recommendations include developing a crisis team, emergency drills, and a strategy to manage communications. Advice is provided on how to handle ...

Website Icon The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
This web site combines information on key school health issues with guidance on organizational and financing challenges. High-quality school health programs are highlighted as the most direct, efficient ways to assure that all children get the help ...

Website Icon The National Association for the Education of Young Children
The NAEYC works on behalf of young children from birth through age eight. The website includes position statements and standards, publications, research, professional development and other resources for parents, teachers and others working with ...

Website Icon The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The mission of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network is “To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.” The focus is on raising public ...

Website Icon Threat Assessment for Schools
An introduction to evaluating potential threats to school safety and preventing incidents of school violence. The presenter describes the phases of an active shooter incident, before a violent act is carried out. Potential attackers often talk about ...

PDF Icon Tips for School Administrators for Reinforcing School Safety
The National Association of School Psychologist's National Emergency Assistance Team developed this resource for administrators to help guide them in providing leadership in promoting school safety and providing reassurance to students, staff and ...

PPT Icon Tips for Teachers and Parents Following School and Community Violence
The National Association of School Psychologist's National Emergency Assistance Team developed this resource for their members to use in the schools to help guide presentations with school staff and parents. It is a PowerPoint that details talking ...

Website Icon Toolkit for Modifying Evidence-Based Practices to Increase Cultural Competence
A toolkit created to provide a step-by-step methodology for mental health agencies and practitioners to identify and evaluate evidence-based practices for modification for cultural groups. The toolkit includes a section on working with ...

Website Icon Tribes TLC
An on-going character education and community building process. Outcome goals include improved student behavior, cooperation, kindness, and academic achievement. Academic content is integrated into participatory group learning based upon clear ...

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 ...

PDF Icon What a Difference a Friend Makes: Social Acceptance is Key to Mental Health Recovery
As part of a campaign to encourage friends to support friends with mental illness, this brochure reports on the attitudes and beliefs of young adults about mental illness, stigma and discrimination linked with mental illnesses, and recovery from ...

PDF Icon What, Me Worry? Students, Stress and Learning
Stress is a physiological response to a perception of a lack of control. In this webinar slide presentation research is provided related to symptoms of stress, how children and teens react to stress (normal vs. maladaptive), and how young people ...