Research Matters

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Addressing school climate problems requires a research-based solution. This year, we partnered with Dr. Dunsmore and the Social Development Lab at Virginia Tech to collect the research data necessary to evaluate our program in schools. We are the first school-based leadership program to provide student leaders with tailored trainingbased on their psychological preference toward promoting kindness vs. preventing violence.

We are actively working with two high schools to assess their school climate using student perception surveys and re-assess students annually to explore student development regarding their beliefs and behaviors.

Currently, we are working with the Mental Health Network for School Success and the Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs at Miami University in Ohio to explore more research and grant partnership possibilities.