Tools & Resources
Whole School Climate Tools
School Climate Survey
The School Climate Survey allows school and district leaders to probe into the social-emotional climate of a school that is typically visible only to students. It can yield information about:
- what kinds of mistreatment are common; how students really do treat one another
- how often those different kinds of mistreatment happen
- where they happen
- when they happen
That accurate knowledge is the foundation for successful planning and improvement. View more on the Climate Survey page.
Suspension Cost & Loss Calculator
This easy-to-use online tool shows how much time and money your school or district spends processing suspensions, and calculates the resulting revenues lost. It goes on to show, based on independent research, how much you could recover as a result of bringing Safe School Ambassadors to your campus. Click here to use the Calculator.
Budget cuts in education constrain many schools from implementing school climate improvement programs, and external funding sources need to be identified, solicited and nurtured. New routes must be used to acquire adequate funding for services and programs that public funding used to cover. This Guide outlines a step-by-step process for identifying and securing funding from local and regional organizations, as well as tools like planning checklists, template letters to potential funders, press releases, and more. Click here to Request the Toolkit.
Whole School Climate Resources
The Columbine Report Card
This report, extensively researched by CM staff, assesses the nation’s efforts to prevent school violence in the decade following the Columbine High School shootings in 1999, and identifies strengths and shortcomings of those efforts. Find out whether – after 10 years and $10 billion invested – our schools are significantly safer. Learn the grade given in each of seven areas: federal funding, legislation and policies, on-campus security measures, prevention programs and curricula, staff involvement, youth involvement, and school-community partnerships. Includes recommendations for policy and practice going forward. Download the Full Report or the Executive Summary.
Safe School Ambassadors: Harnessing Student Power to Stop Bullying and Violence
Our book – for school administrators, counselors, teachers, parents and youth organization leaders – challenges conventional “outside-in” thinking and makes the case for a complementary “inside-out” approach that taps the power of students to change the social norms that permit bullying and violence to occur. Contains a wealth of data and a roadmap schools can use to empower students with tools to stop a broad spectrum of mistreatment and improve school climate. Learn more about the book or order the book here.
Safe & Supportive Schools: U.S. Department of Education
The Safe & Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students, works to address bullying, harassment, violence, substance abuse, and other impediments to learning. The Center provides training, support, research and other resources to state-level Safe & Supportive Schools Program grantees, as well as state and district administrators, teachers, support staff, communities, families and students. Click here to visit the Center’s website.
This comprehensive site features resources for educators, families and students. Includes help with understanding bullying and how to respond, as well as a compendium of state policies and laws related to bullying. Visit the Stop Bullying website.