to the California Safe and Supportive Schools (S3) website.
In October 2010, California became one of eleven states selected by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to receive a four-year Safe and Supportive Schools (S3) grant. This grant is intended to support statewide measurement of conditions for learning (known also as school climate), as well as targeted programmatic interventions to improve those conditions in comprehensive high schools (grades 9-12) with the greatest need. In particular, this initiative is designed to help address disruptive behaviors in school—such as bullying, harassment and violence, and substance use—and promote safe, caring, engaging, and healthy school environments that foster learning and well-being among both students and staff.
This website is a resource for supporting the S3 programmatic intervention grantees in their efforts, as well as supporting non-grantee schools undertaking the important task of fostering positive school climate as part of school improvement plans. It provides access to a wide range of publications, tools, trainings, and other technical assistance to support data-driven school climate improvement, which begins with assessing needs and leads to the implementation and monitoring of best practices, programs, and strategies to meet those needs.
The first step to improving school climate is assessing needs. Surveying students, teachers, and school staff can provide valuable data about how each group of individuals perceives conditions for learning. Such information can then be used to design prevention and intervention programs specific to the needs of the school community.
The California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey System (Cal-SCHLS) provides comprehensive, research-validated instruments for assessing students, staff, and parents, as well as a wide range of support materials for understanding and using the survey results. Visit the Cal-SCHLS website to learn more about using data to drive school improvement.
What else can you do?
If you are a school or district administrator, teacher, school support staff member, state administrator, or community or family member, the National Safe and Supportive Schools website has information, resources, and tools to help you understand the goals of S3 and how you can become involved. You can also visit the Cal-SCHLS website to look for student and staff surveys on school climate from your district or county.