Research Briefs and Reports

NCSSLE Research Briefs and Reports

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments' (NCSSLE) prepares a range of research briefs and reports that provide overviews of the latest research and practices on a range of topics. 

Menstrual Products Facts

This brief highlights the equity issues and potential negative consequences related to a lack of access to menstrual products at U.S. institutions of higher education (IHEs). It also describes promising strategies and practices that IHEs can implement to increase access to menstrual products.


Provides administrators with strategy-based actions to support the well-being of educators. This resource aims to guide administrators when addressing burnout and demoralization among staff, heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic, through concrete examples of efforts to address such challenges.

mask bullying

Provides an overview of the problem of bullying over mask-wearing, as well as strategies for schools to prevent and intervene in bullying. This brief explores what educators and administrators might expect as students return to school after their lives were upended by the pandemic, and how to make sure all students return to safe, stable learning environments.


Describes opportunities for K-12 schools to to partner with colleges and universities in building comprehensive school mental health services. This brief highlights strategies and exemplars to help accelerate innovation and advancement in K-12 school mental health systems.

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the United States and How Educators Can Help

Provides information about female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and its prevalence in the United States. It highlights specific strategies educators, school-based health staff and school administrators, can use to identify and help girls who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing FGM/C.

Gun-Free School Act Report

Presents a collection of data and reports on the implementation of the Gun-Free Schools Act (GFSA) across U.S. states and other jurisdictions with the goal of strengthening the quality of GFSA data submissions. 

Overview of the Social Bullying: Correlates, Consequences, and Prevention resource page

Describes how social bullying is defined, what distinguishes it from other types of aggression, how commonly it occurs in schools, and what factors contribute to social bullying involvement. It also summarizes research findings concerning the impacts of social bullying on individual social development and adjustment and identifies implications for school learning environments. The last section describes school-based approaches for preventing and reducing social bullying.

School-Based Physical Fitness and the Link to Student Academic Outcomes and Improved School Climate

Outlines research suggesting that physical activity (PA) and physical education (PE) programming offered within the context of the school day are not only essential for children’s healthy development, but are positively linked to children’s academic achievement. The brief also indicates that, when carefully designed and implemented, these activities have the potential to positively impact school climate and conditions for learning in schools.

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