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The Safe and Welcoming Schools project aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of practices that contribute to positive school climate through outreach, engagement, and research. The initiative builds on the substantial expertise of COE faculty in child and adolescent development, school climate, school engagement, and prevention of aggression, bullying, dropout and substance use. Initially emerging from years of addressing youth violence, bullying, and mistreatment, our focus has broadened to encompass promoting positive school climate and pro-social youth development.

Safe and Welcoming Schools faculty are available for consulting, professional development, and technical assistance. We translate research to practice to help create school environments that are safe, welcoming, and engaging for all students. We also host an annual Safe and Welcoming Schools conference covering timely topics pertaining to school climate.

Faculty and Research

Over 100 years of research affirms that positive school climate is vital for important outcomes, such as:

  • Higher academic achievement
  • Reduced aggression, violence, and bullying
  • Decreased student absenteeism
  • Improved emotional and mental health, and
  • Increased motivation to learn

Our affiliated faculty are active researchers with expertise in education, counseling, psychology, public health, and law.

Contact Details

  • G10Z Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602
  • Director: Katherine Raczynski

Trainings and workshops

Trainings and workshops

Safe and Welcoming Schools faculty frequently speak in schools, to youth-serving organizations, and at community events on topics related to school climate, bullying, prevention in psychology, and promoting positive youth development.

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Data assistance

Data assistance

We help schools and organizations use data to assess needs, make strategic decisions, and evaluate progress in the area of school climate and youth development.

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Comprehensive bullying prevention

Comprehensive bullying prevention

We provide elementary and middle school books and curricula called Bully Busters. These student lessons are led by teachers, counselors, or other trained adults in a variety of settings.

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