About the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary School's Office of Safe and Supportive Schools. The Center offers information and technical assistance to states, districts, schools, institutions of higher education, and communities focused on improving school climate and conditions for learning. We believe that with the right resources and support, educational stakeholders can collaborate to sustain safe, engaging and healthy school environments that support student academic success. 

This website serves as a central location for the Center. In particular, it includes information about the Center’s training and technical assistance, products and tools, and latest research findings. We welcome you to explore and discover, ask questions, and share your perspective.

Our 3 main areas of assistance include:

  • Providing training and support to state and local administrators, including 27 grantees funded under the Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant program (Cohort 1), 26 grantees funded under the Project Prevent Grant program (Cohort 2 and Cohort 3), five grantees funded under the Trauma Recovery Demonstration Grant program, 7 funded under the School-Based Mental Health Services (Cohort 1) grantees, and other school and district administrators, institutions of higher education, teachers, support staff at schools, communities and families, and students. 
  • Supporting the field at large in an effort to improve schools' school climate and conditions for learning through resource and information sharing via this website, webinars, and product development, so all students have the opportunity to realize academic success in safe and supportive environments.
  • Promoting school climate measurement, including providing technical assistance, maintaining the School Climate Survey Compendium, and managing the U.S. Department of Education School Climate Surveys (EDSCLS), including performing ongoing maintenance, enhancement, and providing assistance via a help desk hotline.


To contact the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, call 1-800-258-8413 or e-mail ncssle@air.org

For information about the Agency and Center staff, visit our Agency & Center Staff Page.


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