School Climate Technical Assistance Symposium

Event Date: 
March 09, 2011 - 09:00am EST to March 10, 2011 - 05:00pm EST

Description

The Office of Safe and Healthy Students School Climate Technical Assistance Symposium was held Wednesday, March 9 – Friday, March 11, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The goal of the symposium was to engage representative teams from each state and territory in a national dialogue and learning experience related to the measurement and improvement of school climate.

Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Education has established a priority for improving school climate and the conditions for learning in our nations’ schools by the funding of a new Safe and Supportive Schools grant program, a pilot that will enable states to measure school safety at the building level and to provide federal funds for interventions in those schools with the greatest needs. For more information about this initiative, go here.

This symposium further addressed this priority by creating an opportunity for a national dialogue and a repository of valuable resources. In particular, it provided information and interactive activities related to strategies that support a positive school climate, school climate measurement tools, administration and data analysis, sustaining effective interventions and programs, and develop state-level plans for improving measurement and programming.

Conference Presentations

The symposium included three plenary presentations, a total of 16 presentations along three themes (measurement, sustainability, and program implementation) and resources.  Click on the links below to view symposium presentations and resources.  

  • Plenary Sessions
  • Theme 1: Measurement
  • Theme 2: Sustainability
  • Theme 3: Program Implementation
  • Other Resources

Plenary Sessions

“International practice and context for school climate” 

Rami Benbenishty, Ph.D., Bar Ilan University, Israel
Ron Astor, Ph.D., University of Southern California

 

Extra Resources:

David Osher, Ph.D., American Institutes for Research

 

“Creating champions for sustainability through social marketing and communications”

Jean Synodinos, ICF Macro

 

Theme 1: Measurement

“Key strategies for understanding and using climate data” 

Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D., National School Climate Center
Greg Austin, Ph.D., West Ed
John Shindler, Ph.D., Alliance for the Study of School Climate 

 

“Expanding and improving data on bullying, harassment and discipline”

Rebecca Fitch, United States Department of Education
J. Fred Springer, Ph.D., EMT Associates, Inc.

 

“School safety score considerations: construction, quality, utility”

David Osher, Ph.D., American Institutes for Research
J. Fred Springer, Ph.D., EMT Associates, Inc.

 

“School climate surveys: Key concepts, approaches to measurement, and use” 

Jill Fleury DeVoe, Ph.D., American Institutes for Research
J. Fred Springer, Ph.D., EMT Associates, Inc.

 

“Balancing utility and research criteria in conditions for learning measurement”

Ron Astor, Ph.D., University of Southern California
Rami Benbenishty, Ph.D., Bar Ilan University, Israel

 

“Considerations and strategies for family and staff surveys” 

Greg Austin, Ph.D., West Ed
Eric Hirsch, New Teacher Center

 

Theme 2: Sustainability

“Creating communities of practice in support of improved conditions for learning”

Eric Hirsch, New Teacher Center
Joanne Cashman, Ed.D., IDEA Partnership at NASDSE

 

“Strategic planning process for sustainability”

Nora Carr, Guilford County Schools

Extra Resources:

 

“Best practices among states and districts”

June Jenkins, Safe Schools/Healthy Students - Albemarle/Charlottesville Project
Nicole Cobb, Tennessee Department of Education
Tom Herman, California Department of Education

 

“Linkages of school climate data to academic outcomes”

David Osher, Ph.D., American Institutes for Research
Roger Weissberg, Ph.D., The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

 

“Improving collaboration with agencies and partners for the collection and use of data”

Jo Ann Burkholder, Virginia Department of Education
Jill Jackson, Ohio Department of Education
Cyndy Erickson, Iowa Department of Education

Theme 3: Program Implementation

“Role of mental health in schools”

Dana Cunningham, Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine

Extra Resources:
Summary of evidence-based program registries
Summary of recognized evidence-based programs implemented by expanded school mental health (ESMH) programs

“Engaging families in a comprehensive approach to improving school climate”

Steven B. Sheldon, Ph.D., Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships
James P. Comer, M.D., MPH, Yale Child Study Center

“The use of data for making improvements at the school level”

Jean Ajamie, Arizona Department of Education

 

“Strategies to support social, emotional and behavioral needs of students”

Roger Weissberg, Ph.D., The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning; George Sugai, M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Connecticut

 

“Managing the use of suspensions, expulsions, and arrests: Alternatives for schools and districts”

Jeffrey Sprague, Ph.D., University of Oregon

 

Other Resources

Anti-Bulling Policies: Examples of Provisions in State Laws

Guides, Briefs, and Tools to Improve Programming and Practice

Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

School Climate Literature

Dear Colleague Letter from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights