After examining student survey data, Jefferson Parish Public Schools, Louisiana's largest district, realized it needed to help students feel more connected to their schools. The district's key strategy? Giving students a voice — through student-led youth summits, "Climate Clubs," and restorative justice practices. Read about their journey in this R&D Alert article.
Join this webinar, offered in collaboration with AASA (The School Superintendents Association) and the Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety, to learn from school safety experts about the evidence base behind threat and school climate assessment models, and what administrators and leaders can do to implement evidence-based strategies for violence prevention.
Preliminary evidence suggests that restorative justice practices in schools may have positive effects on several outcomes related to discipline, attendance, graduation, climate, and culture. Read this research review to learn about key issues, restorative justice models, and results from studies conducted in the field.
This brief presents data from a large sample of high school students who reported on their experience with police in their community and school on the California Healthy Kids Survey. Compared to their white peers, students of color, especially black students, had less positive perceptions of police in both instances.
The Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety (SEL Center) helps state and local education agencies adopt or adapt evidence-based practices and programs for social and emotional learning and school safety, and then integrate them with academic learning. Find out how the SEL Center is working to create spaces where children and youth can thrive.
Newcomer students are immigrants and refugees who have recently arrived in the United States and attend school in grades K–12. This new report, which highlights five very different schools successfully serving newcomer students, offers promising strategies, proven approaches, and fresh ideas that can help educators meet newcomers' unique academic, social, and emotional needs.
Positive, inclusive, and healthy schools make success more attainable for students and teachers. Partner with WestEd to design and implement a climate and wellness improvement plan for your school or district that strengthens the conditions necessary for effective teaching and learning.