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Cascade Educational Consultants partners offer the following resources that focus on achieving high-quality equitable teaching, learning and serving environments for all students to succeed in school and in life. These resources have been developed in collaboration with international, national, state and local partners committed to strategies, policies, partnerships and capacity to ensure every young person has the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential.
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Enter the category for this item: School Climate
Creating a Climate of Respect

by Jonathan Cohen, Richard Cardillo and Terry Pickeral

An article in the Educational Leadership (2011: Volume 69: Issue 1) on school climate reform focusing on why and how to (1) create democratic school communities, (2) support students and teachers, (3) ensure safe schools and (4) promote student engagement. Five effective practices provide strategies to effectively create and sustain just, equitable and inclusive school climates.
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Enter the category for this item: School Climate, District Leaders
School Climate Guide for District Policymakers and Education Leaders
by Pickeral, T., Evans, L., Hughes, W. & Hutchison, D. (2009). New York, NY: Center for Social and Emotional Education (www.schoolclimate.org)

This guide, based on the school climate standards, identifies quality practices in school climate that can lead to student achievement and success; various policy options that encourage, support and reward implementation and sustainability of a positive school climate; and strategies to ensure alignment of quality practice and supportive policies based on research and evidence of practice. The guide also identifies frameworks, tools (specific instruments schools can use to measure and improve school climate), resources and responsibilities of district policymakers and education leaders.
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Enter the category for this item: Service-Learning, Education Policy, Teaching and Learning
Service-Learning Policies and Practices: A Research-Based Advocacy Paper
by Terry Pickeral, Tiffani Lennon and Jennifer Piscatelli. Denver, CO: Education Commission of the States. October 2008

A paper supports the adoption and implementation of policies and practices based on rigorous qualitative and quantitative research. This paper translates service-learning’s research-based evidence for education leaders by identifying practices and policies in alignment with the data that shows what works. This paper also provides a research-based service-learning framework encompassing the simultaneous renewal of five critical components shown to institutionalize and maximize service-learning effectiveness: vision and leadership, curriculum and assessment, community-school partnerships, professional development and continuous improvement.
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Enter the category for this item: School Climate, Education Research, Education Policy, Teacher Education
Measuring and improving school climate:
A strategy that recognizes, honors and promotes social, emotional and civic learning the foundation for love, work and engaged citizenry
by Jonathan Cohen, Arnold Fege & Terry Pickeral Teachers College Record 2009

A call for educational leaders to think broadly and anew about the responsibility that the federal government as well as State Departments of Education have for the well being of children and families. School Climate research demonstrates the connection between the quality and character of schools and the article details six recommendations that will help to close the current gap between school climate research, policy, practice guidelines, and teacher education.
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Enter the category for this item: School Climate, School Assesment
The Challenge of Assessing School Climate
by Jonathan Cohen, Terry Pickeral and Molly McCloskey Educational Leadership) December 2008/January 2009 | Volume 66 | Number 4)

Compelling empirical research shows that a positive and sustained school climate promotes students' academic achievement and healthy development. Not surprisingly, a positive school climate also promotes teacher retention, which itself enhances student success. This article demonstrates how education leaders, using school climate data, can get a picture of the whole child and the whole school.
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Enter the category for this item: School Climate, Education Policy
Policy and Practice: Why Educators Need to Care
by Terry Pickeral (School Climate Matters, September 2008, Volume 2, Issue 3)

An article for school climate advocates encouraging a focus on effective practices and supportive policies to establish and sustain environments most conducive to effective teaching and learning. To accomplish this goal, practitioners need to do more than implement the right strategies in their schools. A set of strategies are offered for advocates to work together to make school climate an essential element of our education system, requiring a focus on policy.
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Enter the category for this item: Student Achievement, Benchmarking
Greendale Schools Student Achievement Report & District Benchmarking Report
December 5, 2011

Outlines the range of student achievement of the Greendale School District – considered since 2006 one of the highest performing school districts in the Milwaukee Metro area and in the top 4% nationally. Recognized for consistent student achievement and narrowing achievement gaps outperforming what family and student demographics would predict. [Download PDF]


Enter the category for this item: Inclusive Schools, Community Engagement
Do You Know of an Inclusive School?
by William Hughes (2011)

Higher achieving schools are inclusive schools. The article outlines characteristics of inclusive schools – especially schools with a cadre of teacher leaders working collaboratively with colleagues and school/district leaders. [Learn More]


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The School Climate Challenge (2007)

Outlines recommendations by policy makers and educators to narrow the gap between school climate research, school climate policy, and practice and teacher education. [Download PDF]


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Establishing Ground Rules for School Success
by Teri Dary

The role of school climate in successful schools is outlined in this article, which addresses the use of service-learning as a strategy for engaging students in creating a positive, safe, respectful school climate. An overview of school climate resources are provided, together with background information on engaging youth meaningfully in the process. [Download PDF]

Enter the category for this item: Community Engagement
Engaging the Public in Public Education:
Back to School Resources


Cascade Educational Consultants has developed a series of articles to provide a set of resources to assist schools in discovering innovative strategies for engaging the full spectrum of stakeholders in the education process. To read other entries in the series, please click here. To download the entire series with links and resources, please click here.


Enter the category for this item: Service-Learning
High Quality Instruction that Transforms: A Guide to Implementing Quality Academic Service-Learning
by Teri Dary and Betsy Prueter (2010). Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (
www.dpi.wi.gov/sl) Based on backward curriculum design, this guide provides guidance in designing and implementing service-learning experiences that address the National Standards for Quality Service-Learning Practice. The step-by-step framework uses the investigation, planning, action, reflection, and demonstration/celebration process to offer teachers a structure for ensuring students have meaningful opportunities to apply knowledge and skills to address community issues. Full of examples that highlight quality practice and a research-based approach, this guide leads teachers through a process of continuous improvement from introductory to advanced levels of implementation. [Download PDF]


Enter the category for this item: Service-Learning
Strategies for Transformative Change:
A White Paper on Service-Learning and the Blueprint for Education Reform

by Teri Dary and Betty Edwards This white paper makes the case for incorporating academic service-learning as a key element for increasing the success of our schools. When adhering to quality practice, academic service-learning addresses the most pressing needs facing our schools today: increasing academic achievement, strengthening teacher quality, and building a successful school climate. Educators and policy makers will be well-equipped with research-based evidence and a vision for academic service-learning as a critical component in school reform initiatives. [Download PDF]


Enter the category for this item: Service-Learning, School Climate
Establishing Ground Rules for School Success
by Teri Dary

The role of school climate in successful schools is outlined in this article, which addresses the use of service-learning as a strategy for engaging students in creating a positive, safe, respectful school climate. An overview of school climate resources are provided, together with background information on engaging youth meaningfully in the process. [Download PDF]



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