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.