School Climate

Resources and best practices for programs and activities that improve the quality of social and emotional life for all students and staff in school environments.

Preventing and Responding to Bias and Hate Incidents in K-12 Educational Settings: A Toolkit for School Communities and Leaders

This CRS toolkit contains best practices, strategies, and resources for supporting safe and inclusive K-12 educational environments, free of harassment and discrimination.
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TOPICS School Climate
Publications

Systematic Review: Perceptions of School Resource Officers

This systematic review evaluates various perspectives on School Resource Officers (SROs) in the school community, as well as how these perceptions may affect long-term student outcomes and policy decisions.
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TOPICS Campus Security, School Climate
Videos

Systematic Review: Anonymous Reporting Systems for School-Based Violence Prevention

Dr. Libby Messman describes a systematic review of published literature from the last 25 years on the use of Anonymous Reporting Systems (ARS) in schools of all levels (K-12, colleges, public, private, etc.) throughout the United States.
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TOPICS Notification Technology, School Climate
Videos

The Science of School Safety

In this podcast episode, Mary Poulin Carlton joins host Paul Haskins to discuss bullying, school climate, mental health, and other important issues impacting school safety.
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TOPICS Comprehensive School Safety Plans, Mental Health, School Climate
Podcasts

Using Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Principles to Support Student and Staff Resiliency

In this webinar, participants learn how they can improve their school's understanding of trauma, and enhance staff and student resiliency.
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TOPICS Mental Health, School Climate
Webinars

An Introduction to Restorative Practices

This guide allows for any school personnel to learn what restorative practices are, their benefits, and considerations for their use in a school setting.
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TOPICS Mental Health, School Climate
Toolkits & Guides

Engaging Youth in Violence Prevention

Join us and hear from youth leaders from the 4000+ Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise Clubs that are actively engaged in violence prevention efforts throughout the country.
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TOPICS Comprehensive School Safety Plans, School Climate
Webinars

An Introduction to the Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Schools Toolkit

Join us for a live webinar and learn how to use the Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Schools Toolkit in your work!
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TOPICS Comprehensive School Safety Plans, School Climate
Webinars

Fostering Family Engagement in School

Join us to learn how schools can foster family involvement and engagement to increase student feelings of belonging and academic success.
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TOPICS School Climate
Webinars

The Next Five Things an SRO Should Do (School Resource Officer Video Series)

In an earlier video in our SRO series, you learned the first five things an SRO should do. This last video of the series shares the next five things you should do.
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TOPICS School Climate, School-based Law Enforcement
Videos

The Causes and Consequences of School Violence: A Review

This report commissioned by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) takes a comprehensive look at the state of the research on school violence and includes additional discussions about research on serious violence and studies that were funded by NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.
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TOPICS School Climate TYPE Reports
Publications

Autism Spectrum Disorder (School Resource Officer Video Series)

In your role as a School Resource Officer (SRO), you can model respect for behavioral differences through the way you support a student with ASD or other developmental conditions. 
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TOPICS School Climate, School-based Law Enforcement
Videos

Cultural Differences: Who Knew? (School Resource Officer Video Series)

As a School Resource Officer (SRO), you are vital in bridging cultural differences and creating a climate of inclusion, ultimately making your school a safer and richer place.
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TOPICS School Climate, School-based Law Enforcement
Videos

Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Classrooms

Learn about the concept of Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Schools. This innovation encourages schools to infuse the values of safety, trust, choice, collaboration, empowerment, peer support, diversity and inclusion into their Multi-Tiered System of Supports.
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TOPICS School Climate
Self-Paced Trainings

Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Leadership and Crisis Navigation

Grow your understanding of what it means to be a school leader and gain strategies you can use to navigate crises while maintaining a trauma-informed, resilience-oriented lens.
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TOPICS Capacity Building, School Climate
Self-Paced Trainings

Leading through Crises

In the third and final episode of our series “What It Means to Be a School Leader”, Dr. Henderson-Smith discusses leading through a crisis and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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TOPICS Capacity Building, Mental Health, School Climate
Podcasts

Why Aren’t They Telling You? (School Resource Officer Video Series)

In this video, learn more about what goes through a students’ mind when they hear something disturbing but choose not to report it, and the different ways you can remove barriers and build trust between yourself and your students.
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TOPICS School Climate, School-based Law Enforcement
Videos

The Landscape of Federal K-12 School Health Efforts, 2010-2020

This report by the National School Health Collaborative (NSHC) is a systemic review of federal programs, initiatives, and funding streams that support school health work.
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TOPICS School Climate TYPE Reports
Publications

The First Five Things An SRO Should Do (School Resource Officer Video Series)

You’ve been assigned to a school as a new School Resource Officer (SRO). Now what? In this video, learn the first five steps you should take as a new SRO.
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TOPICS School Climate, School-based Law Enforcement
Videos

Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Schools Toolkit

A toolkit outlining a framework for implementing Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented (TR) approaches in schools and school districts.
TOPICS Mental Health, School Climate
Toolkits & Guides

The Teen Brain (School Resource Officer Video Series)

Unlike traditional law enforcement officials, School Resource Officers (SROs) work almost exclusively with young people, so it is crucial they understand how students think and make decisions. But that is no easy task.
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TOPICS School Climate, School-based Law Enforcement
Videos

Safety Considerations for School Communities

In this webinar, our panel of experts addresses some of the concerns that students, teachers, and administrators have expressed about the return to school this fall. You will also see a short video in which school community members share their hopes and worries about school safety this year.
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TOPICS School Climate
Webinars

What Works Clearinghouse

The What Works Clearinghouse contains a collection of evidence-based education programs and research.
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TOPICS Comprehensive School Safety Plans, Mental Health, School Climate, School Drills, School-based Law Enforcement, Threat Assessment
Clearinghouses

CrimeSolutions.OJP.gov

CrimeSolutions.OJP.gov is a Clearinghouse with information on crime & crime prevention, juveniles, law enforcement, and technology & forensics.
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TOPICS Campus Security, Capacity Building, Comprehensive School Safety Plans, Coordination with First Responders, Mental Health, Notification Technology, School Climate, School Drills, School-based Law Enforcement, Threat Assessment
Clearinghouses