Educational Institutions

National School Climate Center

  • New York, NY

Mission Statement

In every classroom across America, there are students struggling with social and emotional issues such as depression and bullying, these children go to school feeling disengaged from the learning process and distracted from gaining the basic skills they need to succeed beyond high school. The National School Climate Center (NSCC) was founded to help schools promote a safe, supportive and engaging learning environment to help our kids succeed in school and life. Our mission is to narrow the gap between what we have learned, through research about how to raise socially and emotionally healthy, productive children. Tragically, most schools today focus narrowly on reading, math and science scores: social, emotional, and civic education are either ignored or handled ineffectively.

Main Programs

  1. BullyBust
Service Areas



NSCC serves schools and school districts throughout the U.S.

ruling year


Principal Officer since 1996


Jonathan Cohen



social, emotional, education, SEL, school climate, learning environment, bullying

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Physical Address

341 West 38th Street 9th Floor

New York, NY 10018


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?


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NSCC is a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to helping schools create safer, more supportive and engaging learning environments. In order to enhance student performance, prevent dropouts, reduce violence, and develop healthy and responsible young adults. NSCC provides guidelines and tools that support students, parents/guardians, school personnel and community members learning and working together to promote a positive school climate and support children’s healthy development and capacity to learn.
NSCC has developed a growing portfolio of school climate related research, policy and practice-related resources, tools and guidelines that are helping to narrow the gap between current school climate research on the one hand. Simultaneously, the NSCC has improved school climate policy, practice and teacher education. We have taken a leadership role in developing national school climate standards that have now been endorsed by over a twenty national organizations; developed one of the most scientifically sound, nationally-recognized school climate measurement systems, the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI); and developed a school climate improvement model and implementation strategy that has been adopted by schools, districts and state DOE's across the county.
NSCC has been recently selected to as the single best organization in the world to work with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to develop their Child Friendly Schools program. We will work with UNICEF to pilot this program in 250 schools in China over the next three to five years. This program will then be spread around the world.
Evidence of impact
There are a number of major accomplishments of the NSCC that speak to the success of our organization.
Out of a field of scores of educational organizations from around the world, NSCC was selected as the most qualified organization in the world to work with the UNICEF to support and actualize their Child Friendly Schools program.
On average, we work with hundreds and last year over a 1000 schools a year; and roughly tens of thousands educators and parents who, in turn touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of students. Educators and parents typically ‘rate’ our work as being “very good” to “excellent”
Our web site, the book series we founded with Teachers College Press and our Center have won a series of awards for “best web site”; “best academic books” of the year; and, being a Center of Excellence;
NSCC’s new BullyBust/Promoting Communities of Upstanders student leadership program is now in over 1,500 schools nationally and helping 750,000 students to raise awareness about bully-victim-witness behavior and transform schools from a culture of bystanders to a culture of Upstanders or socially responsible members of the community.
Although there are now – literally – hundreds of school climate measures on the market, our School Climate Measure is the only one that has been recognized and recommended in the only two independent assessments of school climate measurement tools;
NSCC is increasingly recognized as the “go to” center for school communities actually working to prevent mean, cruel and bullying behaviors and promoting Upstander or socially responsible behavior;
Our 50-state policy scan was the first to identify and analyze existing policies/ laws in bully prevention as well as school climate improvement efforts;
NSCC’s work has been recognized by the US Department of Education as a national leader in school climate improvement efforts: a school reform strategy that is now recognized and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute for Educational Sciences as well as the U.S. Department of Education.
As a result of the success of these services and many others we offer, the NSCC has grown into one of – if not the -- world’s leading centers for successfully furthering school climate improvement efforts.


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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1


Almost 30% of youth in the US (over 5.7 million) are estimated to be involved in bullying as either a bully, a target of bullying or both. Every seven minutes a child is bullied in the playground -- and 85% of the time there is no intervention. Bully-victim-passive bystander behavior is the most common behavior that undermines feeling safe in schools. It is critical that schools get the support they need to move from a culture of passive bystanders to a culture of upstanders -- community members who notice bully-victim behavior and learn to 'stand up' -- directly or indirectly -- and say "no" to this toxic behavior.
BullyBust is CSEE's back-to-school bullying awareness campaign designed to help students "stand up" to bullying and become part of the soultion to end harmful verbal harassment, teasing and violence in our nation's schools. Engaging students and promoting excitement in this program is of utmost importance. Statistics show that cracking down on individual bullies is seldom effective, but a school-wide commitment to end bullying can reduce the problem by 50%. This past fall, CSEE launcheda viral "Stand up to Bullying" YouTube contest within schools nationwide wherein groups of students have been able to sharetheir video messages, stories and words of support. The school prompting the best video will win a special symposium dedicated to bullying awareness.



Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)



Service Areas



NSCC serves schools and school districts throughout the U.S.

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National School Climate Center



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Principal Officer

Jonathan Cohen



Dr. George Igel

Weill Cornell Medical College


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