The Solution to Achieving Safe & High Performing Schools

The key to having safer schools - as well as increasing attendance, achievement and graduation rates, and decreasing disciplinary incidents - is by understanding, adopting and implementing The Inside-out Approach that:

  • Strengthens relationships among the youth and adults
  • Utilizes restorative practices and policies
  • Views and utilizes students as resources and contributors
  • Changes the social norms that allow bullying, cyberbullying and other forms of mistreatment to occur.

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Safe School Ambassadors® Program

Safe School Ambassadors® Program

The nation's most effective bystander education program harnesses the power of students to prevent and stop bullying and violence. It is evidence-based, field tested, and proven - by more than 70,000 students in over 1,500 schools in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam - to reduce incidents of bullying and cyber-bullying, promote academic excellence, and improve the overall school climate.

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The Whole School Climate Framework

The Whole School Climate Framework

Our Whole School Climate Framework provides educators with a comprehensive and clear blueprint and a step-by-step approach that results in safer and higher performing schools.

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Whole School Climate Assessment (WSC360)

Whole School Climate Assessment (WSC360)

We work with districts and schools to examine their current school climate efforts, challenges and opportunities for improvement. We analyze discipline data, examine parent and student handbooks, review discipline policies and procedures, and interview key staff. This "deep dive" identifies what's working, what's not, and what's missing. We then provide recommendations, guidance and support to co-create a comprehensive school climate improvement plan.

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Programs & Services

Programs & Services

Our programs and services are organized around our Whole School Climate Framework. They are grounded in research and developed by experienced practitioners. These programs and services contribute to a coordinated and sustainable approach that significantly improves school climate, decreases bullying-related incidents and reduces suspensions.

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Research & Resources

Research & Resources

Current school climate research and growing evidence demonstrate that academic achievement and social-emotional learning are interdependent and complementary. Schools that understand and embrace this fundamental principle experience higher achievement and attendance, improved graduation rates, and reduced levels of bullying, cyber-bullying and other disruptive behaviors.

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The evidence is clear that if we are to increase achievement, reduce suspensions, and graduate capable and contributing young adults, schools must be places where all students feel safe, included and connected. Let's work together to implement comprehensive, measurable and sustainable solutions.

Community Matters' Position on Security vs. Safety in America's Schools

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Safe School Ambassadors® is included in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

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Safe School Ambassadors - Program Overview

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