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Positive Learning Climates KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Positive Learning Climates KnowledgeBase is an online resource to aid educators in nurturing school climates conducive to learning. It is organized around five elements aimed at developing a positive learning climate.

Task 3: Incorporate Strategies Aimed at School Context and Organization

Guideline: Schools should consider strategies to improve the focus areas originating from the school/community snapshot. Such issues may involve bullying, character initiatives, conflict resolution, extended time activities, harassment, drugs, substance-impacted students, school environment and student attendance. The resources provided offer guidance in these areas.

         ◦    Sub-Task 1: Bullying
         ◦    Sub-Task 2: Character Initiatives
         ◦    Sub-Task 3: Conflict Resolution
         ◦    Sub-Task 4: Cyber Bullying
         ◦    Sub-Task 5: Drug Testing
         ◦    Sub-Task 6: Extended-Time Activities
         ◦    Sub-Task 7: Harassment
         ◦    Sub-Task 8: Safe and Drug Free
         ◦    Sub-Task 9: Substance-Impacted Students
         ◦    Sub-Task 10: Student Retention
         ◦    Sub-Task 11: Zero Tolerance


Curricula Resources

When reviewing curricula resources, questions always arise as to scientific basis and effectiveness. The Blueprints for Violence Prevention Project and the Hamilton Fish Institute each have undertaken a review of curricular resources on conflict resolution, substance abuse prevention and violence prevention addressing those questions. The document provides links to each website.

National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

This link is to the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. As noted at the website, "NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than 170 interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention and mental health and substance abuse treatment."

Operation Respect: Don't Laugh at Me

As noted at its website, "Operation Respect is a non-profit organization working to transform schools, camps and organizations focused on children and youth into more compassionate, safe and respectful environments. Founded by Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul & Mary, the organization disseminates educational resources that are designed to establish a climate that reduces the emotional and physical cruelty some children inflict upon each other by behaviors such as ridicule, bullying and-in extreme cases-violence."

Climate Change: Creating an Integrated Framework for Improving School Climate

This Alliance for Excellent Education report examines how school climate affects student engagement and success. As noted in the Alliance for Excellent Education news release "The report posits that school discipline, curriculum and teaching are interconnected, and any effort to address one issue will be limited unless the other two are addressed, as well. When addressed as a whole, these issues make up school climate."

OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, the Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports "aims to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices. It offers information on positive behavior support at the school, district and state levels."

Office of Safe and Healthy Schools

This link is to the U.S. Department of Education's website for the Office of Safe and Healthy Schools.

Safe and Orderly Schools - The National Study of Delinquency Prevention Programs

This National Institute of Justice Research in Brief presents findings from a national survey of elementary, middle and secondary schools.

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