Founding Organizations

The folloLOGO_Ver 2_Awing founding organizations and their designated representatives comprise the governance board of the Positive School Climate Coalition. is a nonprofit organization that strives to ensure every young person is educated, inspired, and empowered to be ethical and engaged citizens. Established in 1993 under the title Character Education Partnership (CEP), is a leading national voice for intentional, comprehensive character education and a guide for educators seeking to make a positive difference in the lives of students. Utilizing the comprehensive and empowering framework of the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, provides a wealth of training and resources for educators, researchers, and policy-makers. Through the Schools of Character and Promising Practices programs — as well as our annual National Forum on Character Education — recognizes and celebrates the exemplary efforts of educators throughout the world, providing salient examples for others seeking to implement character education into their schools and communities.
David W. Keller, Ph.D.  Director of Strategic Initiatives

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The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) was founded in 1994. CASEL’s mission is to establish social and emotional learning as an essential part of education from pre-school through high school.   CASEL promotes rigorous, evidence-based educational approaches that integrate children’s social and emotional development into the process of learning and growing.   Currently partner districts with CASEL serve more than 400,000 students across 800 schools.  The organization cultivates collaborative relationships with educators, scientists, policy makers, community leaders, and child advocates to support the highest standards for SEL implementation.  CASEL’s vision is to ensure that all people have the skills they need to care for themselves and each other, and to create a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.
Roger P. Weissberg, President and CEO

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Engaging Schools collaborates with middle and high school educators as they create a schoolwide community of learning that integrates academic with social and emotional development. We provide professional learning and publications for instructional practice, classroom management, discipline and student support, postsecondary readiness, and advisory programs – all grounded in the values of equity, community, and democracy. Engaging Schools partners with districts and schools to strengthen discipline and student support systems and structures. We help to assess, refine and adopt disciplinary policies, align supports and interventions with a three-tier framework, and implement restorative practices. We collaborate with districts and schools to reduce and eliminate harsh and disproportional discipline, and ensure that all students are treated fairly and equitably. Engaging Schools’s approach aims to foster greater student responsibility and accountability, self-discipline, and personal and social efficacy.
Larry Dieringer,
Executive Director

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The International Alliance for Invitational Education (IAIE)

The International Alliance for Invitational Education (IAIE) was formed in 1982 as a non-profit organization.  It is based on an ethical theory of practice called Invitational Education.  This theory provides a provides both a language of transformation and a consistent theory of practice that cordially summon each individual to develop intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally and morally, and realize their full potential.  Invitational Education is based on four basic values:  respect, trust, optimism, and intentionality. Its mission is to create, sustain, and enhance truly welcoming and caring schools.  From 12 members in 1982, the Alliance has grown to include hundreds of professional educators and allied professionals from almost all states and 12 foreign countries.  The IAIE Hong Kong Center has brought Invitational Education to many schools in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
William Purkey,
Peter Wong, Founder,
IAIE Hong Kong Center
Kathy Fields,
Executive Director

Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF)

Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) supports the large-scale humanitarian initiatives of members of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in 207 countries and regions. Service to youth has been a longstanding mission of LCIF, which has awarded more than 200 grants for a cumulative total of more than $13 million, to expand or establish Lions Quest programs across 85 countries worldwide. This evidence-based, K-12 program focuses on social and emotional skill building, bullying, substance abuse and dropout prevention, and service learning.  Lions Quest is designed to create a positive and safe school climate for students and teachers, and unite the home, school and community.
Matthew Kiefer, Manager, Lions Quest Divisions

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The National School Climate Center (NSCC)

The National School Climate Center (NSCC) works with K-12 schools to measure and improve school climate by integrating social, emotional and civic learning with academic instruction. NSCC strives to enhance student performance, prevent dropouts, reduce violence and bullying, and develop healthy and positively engaged adults.  NSCC’S mission is to measure and improve school climate to help children realize their fullest potential as individuals and as engaged members of society.  Through research, policy efforts and leadership training, NSCC helps schools, districts and State Departments of Education measure school climate with the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI), build school-community partnerships and develop and sustain positive school environments.
Jonathan Cohen, President

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)empowers school pyschologists by advancing effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior and mental health. NASP’s vision is for all children and youth to thrive in school, at home and throughout life. NASP is a nonpartisan professional organization whose advocacy efforst focus on issues that support children’s learning and development and school psychology. We are committed to working with national, state and local stakeholders to craft education policies that will help all of America’s children achieve their full potential.
Kathy Cowan, Director of Communications




Operation Respect

Operation Respect is a non-profit organization working to assure each student a respectful, safe, and compassionate climate of learning where their academic, social and emotional development can take place free of bullying, ridicule and violence. Founded in the 1960’s by Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul & Mary, the organization disseminates educational resources that are designed to establish a climate that reduces the emotional and physical cruelty some children inflict upon each other by behaviors such as ridicule, bullying and in extreme cases, violence.  Operation Respect’s program Don’t Laugh At Me has been implemented in over 20,000 schools world-wide. Visit Operation Respect at:
Peter Yarrow, Founder and President
Mark Weiss, Education Director