Program & Services Guide

Whole School Climate Improvement

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Safe School Ambassadors® Program - Elementary, Middle & High School Trainings:

Equips socially influential students with skills they can use with their peers to prevent, stop, or report bullying, violence, or other forms of mistreatment. Includes a two-day program launch or expansion training for new students and adults as well as program guides, web tools, and resources. Also includes Community Matters coaching for each school by phone and email to support program implementation and sustainability. 
1st Year Implementation (Initial Training):  Trains up to 40 new elementary, middle, or high school students and 5-8 adults (1:6 adult to student ratio).
2nd and subsequent years (Expansion Training):  Community Matters trains up to 40 NEW elementary, middle, or high school students and 5-8 adults; optionally, on Day 2 schools may add up to 12 previously-trained veteran Ambassadors. (1:6 adult to student ratio for each day).

Safe School Ambassadors® Program - Refresher Training

One-day training for previously-trained students and adults (with 4+ months’ experience). Intended to kick-off or re-inspire program, provide skills review, and assist with annual program planning. Refresher includes training, program guides, tools, resources, and coaching. Experienced, previously-trained students and adults only.
Trains up to 60 students, with a 1:6 adult to student ratio.  $2,800*

Safe School Ambassadors® Program – Mentor Training:

For schools with students in grades K-6 or K-8, the Safe School Ambassadors® (SSA) Mentor Training is a one-day training that equips upper grade veteran Ambassadors with a school-wide model that teaches the language, skills, and motivation to:
• prevent, stop and report bullying and other hurtful actions in their school and neighborhood;
• serve as cross-age mentors to all grades, presenting activities that engage and equip all students to treat others with kindness and respect and to speak up when their peers don’t.
Mentor Training can be added to SSA Program Expansion or Refresher trainings.  $2,100*

The following services help adults support & sustain the Safe School Ambassadors® program:

Safe School Ambassadors® Program -  Training-of-Trainers (TOT):

A customized training for a team of people within a district, who are trained to conduct Expansion, Refresher, and Expansion-Refresher trainings for schools in their district/region that have already conducted first-year, Initial trainings, had at least two years of SSA program implementation with Community Matters, and have purchased a site license. Training costs and fees go down when multiple site licenses are purchased.
Price varies based on number of sites, and number of participants. A practicum is also available at an additional cost. From $7.050*

Safe School Ambassadors® Program - TOT Refresher:

One-day training intended to refresh & re-inspire TOT Participants. Includes training, tools, resources, and coaching. Experienced, previously-trained TOT participants only. From $2,700*

Safe School Ambassadors® Program - Program Advisor Training:

Half-day or full-day trainings available to help Program Advisors utilize program benchmarks and data to grow the program, conduct effective presentations to secure internal and community support, and train, coach, and supervise Family Group Facilitators to increase their effectiveness.
One year PA experience recommended. Half-day: $1,000*; Full-day: $1,750*

Safe School Ambassadors® Program - Family Group Facilitator Training:

Half-day or full-day trainings available to help Family Group Facilitators understand the importance and function of Family Group meetings, learn and practice facilitation skills, design effective meetings, involve students, increase attendance, and respond to common challenges. Half-day: $1,000*; Full-day: $1,750*


Peer to Peer Prevention Program (PPPP): 

The Peer-to-Peer Prevention Program (PPPP) aims to decrease student use of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) through careful selection of socially influential student leaders from grades 9-12. Selected students and adult facilitators are then trained in communication skills and techniques, so they can effectively communicate with their peers about the use, misuse and abuse of ATOD’s.
Includes 2 days of on-site training for approx. 25 students and 4-5 adults, program materials and coaching/technical assistance.  $4595*

Waking Up Courage Assembly:

A powerful, student-centered experience that enlists, unites, and empowers K-12 students to stand up and speak up when they see bullying and violence among their peers. It introduces them to youth-friendly language and skills they can use to safely and effectively defuse, de-escalate, and stop bullying behavior. The Assembly can be easily incorporated into existing school bell schedules.
Includes 125 to 250 students per Assembly with a 1:30 adult to student ratio. Up to 3 Assemblies per day.  $2,700* per day

Connect & Respect Program:

For smaller schools, this one-day training provides students and faculty with the skills and experiences to challenge stereotypes about one another and build more positive relationships, which reduces mistreatment and improves the overall social-emotional climate.
Trains up to 70 students and 9-14 adults (1:8 adult to student ratio) with a goal of training all students and adults on campus or in a particular grade level.
Some schools conduct additional one-day sessions for an additional fee.  $2,700*

Safer Schools Youth Summit:

A half- to full-day event with student leaders and/or Ambassadors from the high and/or middle schools in a district or county. With the support of adults, diverse student leaders meet to develop strategies to break the “code of silence,” reduce acceptance of violence that pervades the youth culture, and build positive school climates.
For one or multiple schools – up to 100 students & 20 adults (minimum 1:10 adult to student ratio). Cost varies on customization


School Climate & Safety Improvement – Staff Development:

Half-day or full-day trainings available to help staff members understand the importance of school climate, its connection to educational outcomes, and what staff can do to improve student behavior and reduce discipline incidents, including:
• Building supportive relationships with students
• Noticing the pervasive forms of student-on-student mistreatment
• Intervening safely and effectively using effective communication as a form of intervention
Custom trainings available at an additional cost.

Half-day: $1,200*; Full-day: $1,950*

School Climate & Safety Improvement – School Resource Officers and Campus Supervisors:

Full-day training for School Resource Officers (SRO’s)/Campus Supervisors and others responsible for school safety to understand the importance of school climate, its connection to educational outcomes, and what they can do to improve it, including:
• Building supportive relationships with students
• Noticing the pervasive forms of bullying, harassment and cyberbullying
• Intervening effectively using relational power vs. positional power

Full-day: $1,950*

Strengthening School Climate and Improving Discipline - Administrators Training:

This one-day training provides a “roadmap” to make sense of school climate and offers:
• A framework for understanding school climate and its impact on achievement and discipline
• Best practices and strategies for supporting positive school climate 
• Recommendations for reducing suspensions through restorative practices
• A summary of laws, regulations, and funding related to bullying and cyberbullying

Full-day: $1,950*

Positive School Climate Modules - Training of Trainers (PSC TOT):

Two-day training for a cadre of key staff who are then equipped with skills and resources they can use to lead colleagues through a series of modular workshops that improve a school’s social-emotional climate and reduce bullying and violence.
For one or more schools – up to 30 participants, who attend in pairs from each site.  $6,000*

Solutions for Cyberbullying – Administrators & Staff:

Half-day or full-day training available to support staff in addressing the growing concerns related to internet and social media trends and changing laws and imperatives.  The training provides resources and tools for adults to notice, report and effectively intervene on incidents of cyberbullying, including policies and best practices for enrolling students to intervene when peers are engaged in electronic aggression. Half-day: $1,200*; Full-day: $1,950*

LGBTQ and Diversity – Administrators & Staff:

Half-day or full-day training available to provide administrators, faculty, and other educational leaders with the knowledge, skills, and resources to address the growing safety and educational concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth (LGBTQ). The training helps leaders of today’s diverse school communities build climates of safety where all young people experience civility, connection, and respect. Half-day: $1,200*; Full-day: $1,950*


Restorative Practices – Administrators Training:

This one-day training is intended for administrative-level staff with responsibility for school safety, climate, and discipline. It provides an overview of restorative practices and its relationship to discipline, school climate, and its roots in restorative justice. Participants will learn how to effectively establish school-wide restorative practices by building buy-in of staff and families, developing policies and procedures, training staff and leadership, and utilizing best practices and lessons from the field.  $1,995*

Restorative Practices – Skills Development:

This two-day training is designed for staff and administrators. It provides a foundation for individuals interested in using restorative practices with their students and deepening their understanding of its roots in restorative justice and effectiveness in achieving positive behavioral outcomes. The training is experiential and provides skills practice with affective statements, impromptu dialogue, and the use of circles, which are essential elements in the restorative practice continuum.   $3,900*

Restorative Practices – Conferencing:

This 2-day training is designed for individuals experienced in Restorative Practices that are interested in facilitating restorative conferences. Participants will:
• Learn how to plan and coordinate pre-conference activities, which are essential to the success of Restorative Conferences
• Gain skills needed for effectively facilitating conferences
• Understand how to develop and monitor high quality follow-up plans
• Recognize the benefits of Restorative Conferencing and their positive impacts on school discipline, suspensions and overall climate
• Receive a copy of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) conferencing book
Pre-requisite:  Participants must have prior experience with Restorative Practices (RP), either completing our Restorative Principals & Practices 2-day training or related experience.  $4,900*


Community Matters experienced staff and trainers are available to deliver keynotes and workshops on a variety of topics such as: “Improving School Discipline and Creating Safer Schools from the Inside-Out”, “Transforming School Climate from the Inside-Out: A Roadmap for Success”, and “Stopping Bullying and Improving School Climate from the Inside-Out: An Evidence-Based Approach”.  Please contact us for more information.


Parents/Guardians Workshop: 

This engaging two-hour workshop will equip parents/guardians with knowledge and skills to take action when they or their children witness or hear about bullying, harassment and cyberbullying.  Through a series of hands-on activities, parents will learn how to use proven communication skills to encourage their children to talk with them about mistreatment. Participants will learn ways to respond effectively and how to partner with staff when incidents occur. Parents will also learn about the Safe School Ambassadors®  program, which equips student leaders with the skills to prevent, interrupt and stop acts of meanness. For one or more schools – up to 100 participants.  $1,500, OR $750 when held in conjunction with another full day service

Safer Schools Symposium:  

This one-day event engages educators, students, and parents who gather with leaders from government, business, nonprofit and service sectors to examine how young people can partner with adults to prevent and reduce violence, bullying, and other forms of mistreatment, and build more positive school climates. For multiple stakeholders within the community – up to 200 people. Cost varies on customization.

Whole School Climate 360° Assessment (WSC360°)

WSC360° is a comprehensive, district-wide assessment and analysis process that identifies strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in your district’s climate improvement efforts.
A WSC360° Assessment can include but is not limited to: a comprehensive review of discipline policies and procedures; district-wide climate surveys; interviews with key educational leaders; focus groups with students, staff and parents; and a final report with best practice recommendations.
It provides specific solution-based recommendations that can enhance school safety and reduce suspensions while also improving attendance, increasing academic achievement, and recovering much of the time and money expended when dealing with disciplinary incidents.
Each WSC360° Assessment is customized and priced based on the size of the district, the scope of the assessment, and the specific circumstances of your climate. Please contact us for more information.


As a national thought leader in school climate and school safety, Community Matters is available to provide consultation services to districts and individual schools that are engaged in school climate transformation efforts. Please contact us for more information.

*Additional Notes/Details

  • Additional Cost applies for Trainer Travel, Accommodations and Related Training Expenses – typically priced at $1500 per training (1 or 2 day training) within the continental United States.
  • Customization:  Community Matters may offer individualized consultation and customization of select programs and services to meet the specific needs of the school/community.
  • Go to our Funding Sources for Schools web page to download our Funding Toolkit for ideas on how to find funding support.
  • Prices are subject to change without notice. The prices above are quoted for the 2016 - 17 School Year.