- G10Z Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602
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.
Over 100 years of research affirms that positive school climate is vital for important outcomes, such as:
Our affiliated faculty are active researchers with expertise in education, counseling, psychology, public health, and law.
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.
Schools that are safe and welcoming can help unlock students' full potential. Our goal is to assist schools and districts in creating positive learning environments. Our services range from one-time events to year-round support. We will contract with you to develop a customized plan to best meet your goals.
Examples of available services include assistance with:
We also host an annual Safe and Welcoming Schools conference covering timely topics pertaining to school climate.