Rick Phillips, M.S.Ed.

Rick is the Founder and Executive Director of Community Matters, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to collaborate with schools and communities to create safe and inclusive environments where all youth and adults thrive. He is the developer of Community Matters’ National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) designated and evidence-based Safe School Ambassadors® (SSA), a youth-centered, bullying intervention and prevention program. Phillips and Community Matters have also developed The Whole School Climate Framework, a comprehensive model that provides educational leaders with a blueprint and tools for effectively planning, implementing and measuring the many mandates, requirements and initiatives related to school climate improvement.

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