Rick Phillips visits Capitol Hill

January 21 2011


  • Geo Howard, Operations & IT Manager
    Geo Howard
    Operations & IT Manager

Rick Phillips will speak in front of Congressional Officials on Friday, January 21 in Washington, D.C. on school climate. More than 50 participants from legislative offices, national education organizations and federal agencies will attend the briefing in which Phillips and two other members of the School Climate Consortium will highlight proven ways the government and communities can work together to ensure that youth attend schools where they feel welcome, included, and both physically and emotionally safe. The School Climate Consortium is an innovative national collaborative of youth-serving nonprofit agencies (including Community Matters), community-based organizations and local education institutions unified by a common guiding principle: positive school climate is essential in the creation of an environment in which youth can learn and thrive. “In safer school climates … students’ behaviors, attendance and grades improve. At the same time, incidents of violence and mistreatment as well as administrative time spent on disciplining students decreases,” said Phillips.

Rick Phillips, along with David Rose and Jaime Polson will present the School Climate Consortium’s two-page briefing “Creating a Positive School Climate through Empowered Communities: A Framework for Bullying Prevention” to officials.

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