Learning, Teaching and Co-leading
The International Observatory for School Climate and Violence Prevention is a non-governmental multinational organization that aims to promoting optimal climates for learning that support K-12 wellbeing, school safety, school and life success through research, policy and practice.
What are our goals?
To advance the science of school climate and other prosocial e.g. (SEL, character education, mental health promotion) K-12 school improvement as well as violence prevention and school safety efforts that support children’s development, school and life success.
To support helpful research-policy-practice conversations that promote effective and sustainable school climate, SEL and violence prevention efforts.
The Observatory supports international research about individual and school wide improvement efforts that are designed to promote K-12 wellbeing, social emotional, civic and academic learning as well as safe, supportive, equitable and engaging climates for learning that promote school and life success.
The Observatory is invested in furthering conversations between research, policy and practice leaders that foster the healthy development of individual students, school communities and an engaged citizenry.
We hope that you will join us – as research, policy and/or practice learners and leaders – in furthering understandings and collaborative learning that supports all children to be able to learn and grow up in healthy ways.
JONATHAN COHEN AND GRACE SKRZYPIEC
GRACE SKRZYPIEC, PH.D. (FLINDERS UNIVERSITY)
In 2018 Grace Skrzypiec was elected along with Jonathan Cohen, as Co-President of the International Observatory on School Climate and Violence Prevention, proudly bringing the Observatory base to Flinders University, South Australia.
Grace currently leads an international peer aggression and well-being study involving 12 countries and over 7000 students, which is the subject of a book (A Global perspective on peer aggression and Well-being) and several conference papers and journal articles.
Grace has and continues to undertake special projects for educational stakeholders such as the Department for Education in South Australia, and Education Australia Services, as well as other international stakeholders including the Ministry of Education, Malta.
At Flinders University Grace is aldo the Co-Director with Phillip Slee of the Student Well-being and Prevention of Violence (SWAPv) research centre and a senior lecturer in the College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work. Grace teaches post-graduate students in research methods and statistics and in 2014 she was the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers in recognition of outstanding contributions to excellence in research. She also supervises postgraduate students undertaking Masters, EdD and PhD studies. She has authored 4 books with colleagues and countless research papers and reports.
JONATHAN COHEN, PH.D.
(TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY)
Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D. is the co-president of the International Observatory for School Climate and Violence Prevention; and, co-founder and President Emeritus, National School Climate Center (NSCC).
Jonathan is an Adjunct Professor in Psychology and Education (Clinical Psychology), Teachers College, Columbia University; elected chair, School Climate, Culture & Community Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association; and a practicing clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. He was a member of the Council for Distinguished Scientists at the Aspen Institutes’ National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development and a member of the Educational Advisory Council for Character.org. He is a Diplomat in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology.
He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers, chapters and briefs as well as six books. Two of Dr. Cohen’s books have been awarded the American Library Association’s Choice for an Outstanding Academic Book Award in 1999 (Educating Minds and Hearts: Social Emotional Learning and the Passage into Adolescence) and 2001 (Caring Classrooms/Intelligent Schools: The Social Emotional Learning of Young Children) that were both published by Teachers College Press.
He has and does consult to UNICEF’s Child Friendly Schools Program, the World Bank, and a growing number of educational ministries around the world.
RON ASTOR, PH.D. (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IN LOS ANGELES)
MICHAEL KYRIOS, PH.D. (FLINDERS UNIVERSITY)
RAMI BENBENISHTY, PH.D. (BAR-ILAN UNIVERSITY)
CLAIRE BEAUMONT, PH.D. (UNIVERSITÉ LAVAL, QUÉBEC)
CATHERINE BLAYA (UNIVERSITY OF NICE SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS)
ROSARIO ORTEGA RUIZ, PH.D. (UNIVERSITY OF CORDOBA)
PHILLIP SLEE, PH.D. (FLINDERS UNIVERSITY)
Who we serve
Historically, the Observatory has served and supported researchers who study K-12 school-based violence prevention efforts.
Supporting research on violence prevention as well as wellbeing, school climate and other prosocial improvement efforts (e.g. social emotional learning, character education, mental health promotion) that provide an essential foundation for effective and sustainable school improvement efforts continues to be a central focus for the Observatory.
We also aim to serve and support policy and practice leaders.
In theory, research shapes policy, which in turn drive practice guidelines and recommendations.
The Observatory is invested in recognizing and furthering understandings, needs and the goals of policy and practice as well as research leaders.
AccountabilityA commitment to and shared responsibility for the quality of the activities and achievement of the outcomes that are being pursued
A commitment to addressing disparities and ensuring access to opportunities for improvement
Acceptance of different research approaches and suggestions
A commitment to being on-ongoing learners
A commitment to work with another person or group in order to achieve or do something
The integration of the best available evidence into planning and decision-making
A commitment to being honest and having strong moral principles
Admiration and appreciation for research as well as practice and policy colleagues who partner in this work
Professors Eric Debarbieux and Catherine Blaya founded the Observatory in 2004. The initial focus of the Observatory and the 18 nations that joined together in this effort was school violence prevention research. In addition to organizing international research meeting (every two years), the Observatory founded a journal.
The International Observatory of Violence in Schools was ofﬁcially declared as an Association governed by the French « Law of 1901 » on the articles and rules applicable to Associations. It therefore has ofﬁcial legal status (ﬁnancial management, ofﬁcial membership, power to convene General Assemblies, etc.). In 2018, the Observatory’s home is in the process of moving from France to Flinders University, South West Australia.
The IOSCVP has established excellent relationships with a variety of organizations including research centers, schools, professional bodies and Non-Governmental Organizations.
Just as all meaningful and sustainable school improvement efforts are necessarily a team effort, the Observatory is invested in furthering partnership with other national and international organizations that potentially support all of us being even more effective in furthering learning and school improvement efforts.