* The Wingspread Declaration on School Connectedness, developed by an expert group led by Dr. Robert Blum, summarizes the key elements of school connectedness and its positive outcomes.
* The National Institute on the Education of At-Risk Students has information on School Reform Models.
* The Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence has free Web-based professional development modules on teaching strategies, collaborative learning, active learning, and many others.
* The www.learner.org website, produced by Annenberg Media, offers resources to advance excellent teaching for k-12 teachers. The website has educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers.
- "The Learning Classroom: Theory into Practice" is one of the courses offered by Annenberg Media. It is a free online video-based course for teachers of grades K-12 showcasing a variety of learning theories with demonstrations of classroom applications. The course is hosted by Stanford University professor Linda Darling-Hammond and produced by Detroit Public Television and Mort Crim Communications. A Web site and print guide supplement the videos, with background readings, questions for discussion, and ongoing assignments that bring theory into practice.
* The Regional Educational Laboratory Program (REL) consists of a network of ten laboratories that provide access to high quality research on addressing the educational needs of children in their designated region. The resources on the following topics may be particularly helpful:
- Raising Achievement
- Improving Schools
* The National Education Association has many resources for teachers and administrators to improve school achievement and environment.
* The National Center for Educational Accountability's Just 4 Kids project's goal is to support efforts to raise academic expectations and to promote the practices that will help more students reach college/career readiness.
* The Education Trust is an organization working towards the high academic achievement of all students
* The Educational Career Opportunities System is online resource for college & career research. It is designed to help guidance counselors guide and monitor their students throughout their educational careers, and to help students through the college application process.
* The Institute for Research and Reform in Education (IRRE) partners with schools and districts to improve students' preparation for post-secondary education or jobs. The website includes research and technical assistance contacts, as well as information about its signature program "First Things First."
* The Center for the Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University conducts research to improve the education system and develops curricula and technical assistance programs for schools.
Tools for Measuring School Climate:
Direct measures of school climate include surveys or interviews that solicit information from various stakeholders—teachers, students, staff, parents and community members. Schools can develop their own survey forms or use these existing forms:
- Charles F. Kettering (CFK) Ltd. School Climate Profile: One of most frequently used measures of school climate, it assesses the strengths and weaknesses of a middle school climate from the students’ perspective.
- The Comprehensive Assessment of School Environments (CASE): This survey measures secondary school student, teacher/staff, and parent satisfaction in addition to school climate. School climate is measured by asking individuals what they believe most people feel about the school’s environment.
- The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI): This assessment tool measures how students, teachers, and parents feel about what is working effectively in the school and what are the barriers to student learning and a positive environment. The survey can be taken on paper or online, and has different versions for elementary, middle, and high school students.
- The Organizational Climate Descriptive Questionnaire (OCDQ): This survey measures teachers’ perspectives of school climate, focusing on principal and teacher behaviors. There are elementary, middle school, and high school versions.
- The Organizational Health Inventory (OHI): This tool measures staff perceptions of the school's organizational health. The tool has separate version for elementary and secondary schools.
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Evidence-based program resources:
The following websites profile best and promising practices for your school or district in building resilience, school improvement, violence prevention, and other areas:
- The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning's Safe and Sound program selections.
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Model Programs
- Greenberg, M., Domitrovich, C., & Bumbarger, B. (1999) Preventing Mental Disorders in School-Aged Children: A Review of the Effectiveness of Prevention Programs. The Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development (at Penn State)
- Blueprints for Violence Prevention from the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado
- Child Trends What Works: A Guide to Effective Programs reviews the effectiveness of programs in various topics including academic achievement, health and safety, and mental and emotional health.