Implementation involves putting a plan into effect, including the process of monitoring progress, making adjustments, and evaluating impact. 

Once school districts and communities have identified those areas of school climate and conditions for learning that need to be addressed, they must apply their data to make an informed decision about which programmatic interventions should be implemented to improve student outcomes. School districts and communities that develop strong partnerships with other child and youth serving systems increase the potential for positive student outcomes as they plan and implement evidence-based practices based on identified needs. A strong implementation plan contributes to the overall safety and supportiveness of learning environments to help all students achieve.


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Program Evaluation Toolkit

Presents a step-by-step process for conducting your own program evaluation.  This Program Evaluation Toolkit focuses on the practical application of program evaluation for all users.  It can also build your understanding of program evaluation so that you can be better equipped to understand the evaluation process and use evaluation practices.

Project AWARE

Shares strategies to build and expand the capacity of State Education and Mental Health agencies that oversee school-aged youth. Key facets of the Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) program include training for school staff and other adults on how to identify and respond to mental health challenges, along with connecting school-aged children and their families with needed resources. 

Provides resources to support success before, during, and after data meetings; and can support preparation of presentations to meet the information needs of multiple audiences, and federal, state and local reporting needs. Education agencies, program evaluators and advocates can use this suite of tools to support data-driven decision making.

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Offers free, online learning environment for use by any stakeholder — practitioners, educators, coaches, trainers, purveyors — involved in active implementation and scaling up of programs and innovations. The site goal is to increase the knowledge and improve the performance of persons engaged in actively implementing any program or practice.

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Provides data on the prevalence of common behavioral health issues while sharing information and customizable tools to promote student mental health. This suite of school mental health resources were developed to help state and local education agencies develop and sustain school mental health programs. 

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Provides district and school leaders, teachers, school staff, and other members of the school community with the basics on how to initiate, implement, and sustain school climate improvements. Specifically, it explains how making school climate improvements involves 5 sets of activities-- planning; engaging stakeholders; collecting, analyzing and reporting school climate data; identifying and implementing interventions; and monitoring and evaluation.

Cover image of School Climate Guide for District Policymakers and Education Leaders

Identifies quality practices in school climate that can lead to student achievement and success; various policy options that encourage, support and reward implementation and sustainability of a positive school climate; and strategies to ensure alignment of quality practice and supportive policies based on research and evidence of practice.

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Features 11 briefs on the latest research on and best practices in implementing school climate improvements based on work with the entire academic community, including teachers, staff, school-based mental health professionals, students and parents.

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