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School Climate

The Time Is Now: Bring Equal Protection to LGBT Youth

Desiree Raught | Posted 07.06.2015 | Education
Desiree Raught

As many continue to celebrate marriage equality, it's time to direct and extend our movement's focus to our LGBT youth, who are more likely to experience harassment and acts of violence while in school, yet are least likely to receive any help or support from administration.

True Grit: To Appreciate Teachers, Learn From Their Efforts

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 05.06.2015 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

Everyone knows teachers work hard, but do we ever take enough time to truly recognize the talents and achievements of our educators?

Morning Joe, Success Academy, Prisons, and Kids who wet their pants

Laurie Levy | Posted 06.14.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

What is it about the American character that makes so many buy into the notion that discipline, conformity, and punishment are as important in our schools as they are in our prisons? Why do we feel the need to be so strict with other people's children in our schools?

Restorative Justice Practices in Every Classroom

Ted Wachtel | Posted 06.04.2013 | Crime
Ted Wachtel

The data shows that restorative practices in schools have a remarkable positive impact when employed by everyone in the school.

Three Ways to Help 'Loners' and Improve School Safety

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Nancy Rappaport

Research consistently shows that building connections between and among students and teachers, teachers and administrators, and the school and parents makes schools safer and offers better support to those who are at risk of becoming isolated, bullied, and teased.

LGBTQ-Inclusive School Cultures: What's Policy Got To Do With It?

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 11.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Recently we published a blog addressing educator reactions to the presence of transgender children in elementary schools. Since then we have received requests for more specific information about our vision for proactive policies and practices. This is a response to those questions.

The Child Walking Through Schoolhouse Doors Enters a World

Sean Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

The current conversation may be linked to the issue of bullying; however, we should not assume that a positive school climate affects only a defined behavior or set of skills.