Champions supporting other Champions
How have you made use of MDI data?
The MDI tool is used as our source of data for helping us in setting targets for Hillcrest learners. We already have an SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) goal and use the MDI results each year to shape our goals and objectives. We have found this is one of the best sources of ‘real’ data on how our kids overall are connecting with themselves, their peers and their communities and the factors addressing their connections or lack of. The MDI results really have helped narrow our focus and be deliberate in our interventions for our students.
Our Hillcrest SEL goal is on ‘building community and learning capacity’ within our school, and surrounding local and global communities, in order to increase our students’ personal and social responsibility skills:
As per our 2016 MDI report, Hillcrest students’ demonstrate a high academic self- concept (89%), medium to high school climate (90%) and high feeling of school belonging (92%). In the area of social and emotional development, results were positive and beyond the district averages in all areas related to optimism, empathy, pro-social behaviour, self-esteem, and self-regulation. We believe that student confidence in these areas directly correlates to their success in the academic areas so we will continue to build/ maintain our supports in these areas.
How do your share your MDI reports?
Once we receive our school MDI results, the findings are shared with ‘everyone’. I make copies initially and review them with the department heads who review them with their teacher teams. As a staff, we celebrate areas we are doing well in and why- and a few areas we feel we need to work on and why. Our SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) committee takes that information and ‘shapes’ some ways i.e. a plan of moving forward with things we need to work on. We also review the MDI results with the PAC (OUR PARENT GROUP). At the PAC mtg last year, our PAC asked for articles and suggestions within our newsletter so the community could help in specific areas i.e. developing better sleeping habits. So we did that- we added to the newsletters articles on sleep and its importance and setting routines to wind down as well as multiple articles and support groups for anxiety.
We also share the highlights within our newsletter- what we are doing well and what we feel we need to focus on. This gives a summary to all families.
What well-being challenges have you tackled?
Last year, one thing that we took notice from the MDI results was the lack of activities for kids afterschool – we had a small number of students with no access to afterschool activities. Because of this data- we brought in Kateslem an afterschool group which runs from 3pm to 5:30pm and a formal homework club from 3 to 4pm each day. Sleep or lack of was a huge concern so as a school we targeted our HACE classes, announcements and newsletters on an ad campaign to teach good habits directly to the kids.
I did address the positives and focuses from the MDI in our admin time with kids last year. I want them to know what we do with testing results- that it is not a waste of their time and their voices are heard. During what we call ‘Tambellini Time’, teachers do committee work and the VP and I have all the kids- this time happens each month. We spend almost 30 minutes at one of the Tambellini Times chatting with the kids and got further input from them for our goal and how to move forward. Last year was the first year we did something like this and I would for sure do it again!