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The Standard

Gauging School Climate

As school buildings reopen after weeks of pandemic-induced closures, school climate will matter more than ever. State policymakers and education leaders can plan now to create safe, supportive learning environments ready for the return of students and teachers to classrooms. The articles in The Standard provide a roadmap.

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State Innovations

Kansas State Board Confronts Youth Vaping

The usage of vaping products among middle school students has increased at alarming rates. Federal and state policymakers are addressing this crisis, including in Kansas, where the state board of education acted quickly to engage stakeholders on curbing youth vaping.

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Policy Update

Developing Policy to Prevent Youth Suicide

State boards of education can be leaders in addressing youth suicide by collaborating on model policies that help ensure students have the proper supports and learning environments to thrive.

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Policy Update

Tackling the Lack of School-Based Lead Testing

This NASBE analysis explores why many school districts are not testing for lead and how state policymakers can take active measures to change that.

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Fostering Healthy School Climates for Pandemic Recovery

Join us for a webinar to discuss school climate in the context of coronavirus recovery.

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The Standard - Article

School Discipline Reform Is Still Needed, but Is Discipline Policy Still the Solution?

Addressing disparities requires a broader, deeper look at school culture, process, and practice.

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The Standard - Column

We the Media: Communicating in Times of Crisis

Effective, clear communications in uncertain times is critical—for parents, policymakers, and the public.

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The Standard - Article

Measures of SEL and School Climate in California

CORE Districts plumb the possibilities of using holistic measures to improve schools.

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The Standard - Article

Creating Equitable School Climates

How states and districts are weaving equity into their efforts to improve climate.

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The Standard - Article

What Learning and Developmental Science Says about Optimal Learning Environments

We know what leads children toward healthy development. We just need to build it.

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The Standard - Article

School Climate and Measurement

All schools should be using climate data, which can be used statewide for accountability, too.

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The Standard - Article

Why School Climate Matters and What Can Be Done to Improve It

Educators’ abilities to forge strong relationships with students lie at the heart of strong schools.

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The Standard - Article

Why School Climate Matters for Teachers and Students

Teachers in strong climates get better faster, stay longer, and propel their students to greater heights.

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