Caring Schools Network
Make your school a Caring School.
In caring school communities, students can grow academically, build healthy relationships, and develop key social and emotional skills such as empathy and gratitude. Caring schools can help reduce bias, combat sexual harassment, and minimize bullying and other problem behaviors.
Using Making Caring Common’s School Culture and Climate Surveys, schools in the Caring Schools Network (CSN) collect data related to:
Bullying, discrimination, and harassment
Student and adult relationships
Rules and expectations
Schools then work with our team to use data and light-lift strategies to improve school culture and climate and to build key skills in students over the course of a semester or academic year.
Our team includes experts in child development, empathy, SEL program implementation, research, and quantitative analysis. Thousands of teachers have used and evaluated our strategies and our team has supported hundreds of schools in administering school-wide surveys. We hope you will join us in this important work!
Eligibility & Cost
CSN is open to schools serving students in grades 6-12
CSN is $1500 per academic year
The information shared in the registration form will be kept confidential
Before you register
Provided you have the correct information on hand, registration should take no more than 15 minutes. You'll need to know:
Enrollment in your school by level or grade
School demographic information
Percentage of students at your school receiving free lunch/scholarship
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the Caring Schools Network for?
Any school serving grades 6-12 that is committed to addressing problem behaviors like bullying and sexual harassment AND developing students’ positive social-emotional skills, such as empathy, gratitude, and the ability to listen.
How does the Caring Schools Network work?
Our team helps schools administer school-wide student and teacher surveys and interpret the results. We then provide relevant strategies depending on each school’s data. Schools also have the option to bring a member of the Making Caring Common team to campus for a presentation or in-person consultation.
What is included?
Digital school culture and climate surveys for students, staff, and parents designed by Making Caring Common that are ready to distribute
Report on school data with recommended next steps
Low-lift, engaging strategies relevant to report findings
One hour of phone support from a member of our team
Option to bring a member of the Making Caring Common team to your school for a presentation or in-person consultation for an additional fee
What is the general timeline?
By October 1
Register for Caring Schools Network (fall cycle)
Administer school culture and climate pre-survey (fall cycle)
November & December
Review report and recommendations (fall cycle)
Start implementing strategies (fall cycle)
Register for Caring Schools Network for spring cycle (spring cycle)
Administer school culture and climate pre-survey (spring cycle)
February & March
Review report and recommendations (spring cycle)
Start implementing strategies (spring cycle)
May & June
Administer school culture and climate post-survey (optional)
Who is on your team?
Richard Weissbourd, Faculty Director at Making Caring Common and Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Milena Batanova, Research and Evaluation Manager at Making Caring Common and lead on our empathy strategies initiative
Glenn Manning, Senior Program Coordinator at Making Caring Common and a former high school english teacher and SEL coordinator
How much does it cost?
The Caring Schools Network is $1500 per academic year. Schools can choose to bring a member of the Making Caring Common team to campus for an additional fee.
Note: We’ve heard from a number of school leaders and teachers that they need a budget-friendly approach for using data to guide their programming. We’ve listened closely and think that our reworked Caring Schools Network addresses what schools want and need.
How do I sign up?
Register by filling out this online form.