When students feel that they belong…they feel confident that they are seen as a human being, a person of value.
– Floyd Cobb & John Krownapple
PART 1: THE SURVEY
- Conduct a schoolwide student experience survey
- NOTE: The provided Google Form and Google Doc resources are the same Portico Student Survey; we are providing different formats to best suit your needs.
- Provide necessary supports, so all students can participate equitably
- Some possibilities: dual language/translation for ELL students, technology supports, visual aids, definitions, ample classroom/school time for anxiety-free completion, etc.
WHAT THE SURVEY ASSESSES AND WHY
- Students who feel a sense of belonging feel respected, accepted, and supported by teachers and peers.
- Students who are connected believe adults and peers in the school care about their learning as well as them as individuals.
- Students who are engaged clearly demonstrate levels of interest, enthusiasm, and involvement they have for their learning.
- The ability to know one’s own strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a growth mindset.
- The capacity to delay gratification, manage stress, and feel motivation and agency to accomplish personal and collective goals.
- Based on student responses to questions about (1) how often they have felt happy, optimistic, and hopeful; and (2) how often they have felt lonely, afraid, and worried over the past week.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION/REFLECTION
- Does your school/district share an understanding of what you mean by belonging, connection, and engagement?
- Who is responsible for belonging, connection, and engagement?
- What is the relationship between belonging, connection, and engagement and a positive culture and climate at your site?
- Which of the three was most impacted by the pandemic? What have you done intentionally to address it?
- Inform intentional classroom and school-level action by elevating student voice in terms of needs (SEL and Well-Being) and experience
- Root cause analysis (with a twist)
- Identify what works for students so you can replicate the necessary conditions
PART 2: USING THE SURVEY RESULTS
- Dive deeper into the results through empathy interviews
- Use the survey results to inform intentional classroom and school level action by elevating student voice in terms of needs and experience
See this Toolkit post for details, steps, resources.
- Student-Centered/Human-Centered Design
- Intentional Conversation
- Focused on Positive Student Experience
- Intended to Set the Right Conditions
- Individual or Small Group
- See – Do – Experience – Feel
- PIN Analysis (Positive, Interesting, Needs Attention)
- Identify students to interview
- Engage in Empathy Interviews
- Look for trends to identify root cause and potential actions
- Identify Little Things, Key Moves, and/or Big Plays
- Little Things are smaller efforts you can do tomorrow, or within the next week or so.
- Key Moves are efforts that require a bit of planning, but can be implemented within the next 3-6 months.
- Big Plays are more substantial efforts that take 6-18 months to fully accomplish.
- Build and implement an action plan