Measuring and Improving School Climate: A School Improvement Strategy that Supports the Whole Child and the Whole School Community
Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., Cofounder and President, Center for Social and Emotional Education
The Pennsylvania Department of Education, in partnership with the Center for Schools and Communities, is pleased to offer a recording of the keynote address provided by Dr. Jonathan Cohen at the May 17, 2010 Student Services Symposium entitled Supporting Students to Success.
In his keynote address “Measuring and Improving School Climate: A School Improvement Strategy that Supports the Whole Child and the Whole School Community,” Dr. Cohen spoke about components of current school climate theory and research and policy guidelines that integrate research from school reform, social emotional learning, character education, community schools, risk prevention and health/mental health promotion; and practice guidelines that support school communities actualizing school climate standards. He also described the tasks and challenges related to the implementation of school climate standards that enable students, parents/guardians and school personnel learning and working together to create safer, more supportive and engaging schools.
Dr. Cohen is the co-founder and president of the Center of Social and Emotional Education; an Adjunct Professor in Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University; an Adjunct Professor in Education at the School of Professional Studies, City University of New York; and a practicing clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst.
Dr. Cohen has worked in and with K-12 schools for over thirty years as a teacher, program developer, school psychologist, consultant, psycho-educational diagnostician and mental health provider. After working as a middle school teacher in Los Angeles, he received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the City University of New York and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychology at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center as well as at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He founded and directs the Teachers College Press Social Emotional Learning series, which is published in partnership with the Collaborative for Academic, Social Emotional Learning. He has authored over 60 articles, chapters and books related to Social Emotional Learning.
Dr. Cohen has consulted to scores of schools, districts and State Departments of Education interested in furthering social, emotional, ethical and academic education and positive school climate in America, Switzerland, Israel, and Scandinavia. He often lectures to groups of educators, parents and/or mental health professionals here and abroad. He speaks to educational and parent groups about a range of topics and has presented keynotes at scores of national conferences, State and Federal educational meetings, schools and district professional development forums.