Welcome to the MDI Trainer Network.

Let’s do some great work together.

This MDI Trainer Network is for anyone who is working to collect data with the MDI, and anyone working with that data to improve child well-being in their community.

Each month, we’ll be posting a summary of the content you need to know:

  • Invitations to webinars and links to recorded content (Full Calendar)
  • The steps MDI Administrators need to complete during the month, and links to the required resources
  • stories from one or more MDI champions to help put a first-person perspective on the MDI Journey
  • Links to related posts and resources you may find helpful

September

Welcome back to another school year and the start of a new MDI season.

This will be our biggest MDI year yet, and we’re thrilled to have you on board for the launch of our new Trainer Network series. We’re hoping to provide more hands-on support through this channel and help facilitate sharing between MDI participants.

Find the recording of September’s Training Webinar here:

Trainer Network Welcome & MDI Administration Webinar
YouTube Video Link

MDI TASKS: SEPTEMBER

STEP #1:
Review the MDI Administrator Timeline and highlight the key dates and steps for your staff.

STEP #2:
Attend our first webinar to meet the HELP team and learn how this year’s collection process will roll out.

SEPTEMBER CHAMPION

Marna Macmillan has been a teacher in Coquitlam, BC’s SD#43 for the past 28 years. Since 2010, Marna has been a Learning Services coordinator working in the areas of social and emotional learning, curriculum and safe schools. She’s coordinated the implementation of both the grade 4 and grade 7 MDI in her district and has worked continually with administrators, educators and community partners to build SD #43’s knowledge and capacity to turn MDI data into action.

Read More and Ask Marna your questions here

October

This is a busy month for everyone in the Trainer Network.
October’s goals are to:
Talk to your school’s staff about the MDI
Make sure parents have the information they need
Get familiar with our e-system

Because we know everyone is busy, we won’t be holding a live webinar this month. Instead we’ve created an instructional video for the e-system you can watch at your convenience. Share this with anyone who will be taking part in survey administration.

MDI HELP LINE WEBINAR

MDI TASKS: OCTOBER

STEP #1: Provide Parents & Guardians with both the MDI Infosheet and the Consent Letters.
Parents must receive the information letter 4 weeks prior to the start of implementation and have the option to withdraw their child from participation.

STEP #2: Share the Educator Infosheet and Principal Package with schools to prepare them for the next steps.

FEATURED RESOURCE: QUICKSHEETS

Download and share these easy-to-read two page summaries of the five dimensions of the MDI and the Well-Being & Asset Indices. Each Quicksheet explains the concept, introduces key research highlights, and offers action ideas to help engage kids and support well-being at home, in school, and in the community.

SPOTLIGHT: STUDENT HELP REQUESTS

The final page of the MDI Survey asks students if they’d like to speak with a teacher or principal about any problems they are experiencing.

This post explains why we built the Student Help Request Page and how those requests are shared with you.

November

It’s survey time!
November’s goals are to:
Support survey administrators before and during the big day
Connect with our team with any questions or problems that arise
Whenever possible, take time to connect with teachers and other school staff about the ongoing MDI process so they feel informed and connected.

Our webinar this month is an informal Q&A session to help answer any last minute questions you may have.

MDI SURVEY CHECK-IN WEBINAR RECORDING

MDI TASKS: November

STEP #1: Complete the MDI Survey —don’t forget the log-in! The survey opens on November 1st and will remain open through December 15th.

STEP #2: Once you’ve completed survey administration, please let us know how the entire process went by answering our feedback survey. Make this process even richer by collecting feedback from teachers, students, and survey administrators, too.

CALL ME, MAYBE?

Any last minute questions about administering the MDI Survey? In need of a last-minute pep talk? Get in touch!

We welcome all questions during the MDI Survey period, at any time – so don’t hesitate to connect.

Here’s how to reach us:

Phone:1-888-908-4050
Email: mdi@help.ubc.ca

DECEMBER WEBINAR: Q&A WITH KIM SCHONERT-REICHL AND MIKE HOOKER

Join us for our next webinar on December 5th, 3:30-4:30PM PST. HELP’s Director Kim Schonert-Reichl and Revelstoke School District Superintendent Mike Hooker will host the conversation and answer questions you have or questions you’ve heard during this MDI season.

WEBINAR REGISTRATION

FEATURED RESOURCE:
SURVEY ADMINISTRATION GUIDE

We’ve redesigned this resource this year – check out its new look and make sure it is in the hands of staff who will be administering the survey in your schools.

The guide provides an overview of the MDI as well as checklists for collection day.

DID YOU CATCH OUR NOVEMBER FIELD NOTES?

We’re trying out a new, monthly digest of updates and links for the entire MDI community. Check out November’s Field Notes here, with a special focus on children’s voices in honour of the anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

December

Everyone ready for winter break yet?

Decembers goal’s:
Wrap up survey administration by December 15
Share your thoughts on upcoming content with us by filling out the Research Topics survey, and direct survey administrators to complete the MDI Feedback survey.
Mark your calendars for our January Trainer Network webinar, then relax and enjoy the break!

For our webinar this month, we’ll be posing questions to HELP Director Kim Schonert-Reichl and Revelstoke, BC Superintendent Mike Hooker, with a special focus on engaging teachers and students in the MDI.

Listen to Recorded Webinar Here

MDI TASKS: December

STEP #1: Complete the MDI Survey —don’t forget the log-in! The survey will remain open through December 15th.

STEP #2: Once you’ve completed survey administration, please let us know how the entire process went by answering our feedback survey. Make this process even richer by collecting feedback from teachers, students, and survey administrators, too.

CHECK OUT OUR NEW RESOURCES PAGE

We’re collecting our key resources in one spot: the new Tools for Making Change page. Here you’ll find videos to share, guides and lesson plans to download, and a section of shareable graphics perfect for your school newsletter or social media account. Take a look today and let us know what you think. Please get in touch, too, if you have a resource you’d like us to feature here.

DECEMBER CHAMPION

Mike Hooker has spent the past 20 years in Revelstoke, serving as a Principal of an Elementary School and Secondary School, and now serves as the Superintendent of SD19. His district’s ongoing goal – Improving the Overall Health and Well-Being of students In Revelstoke – has been supported by MDI data since 2011. Mike is a tireless advocate for the MDI, locally and provincially, and he and his team have piloted creative ways to engage students directly in the work before and after the survey.

SEE MIKE’S PROFILE AND ASK HIM QUESTIONS HERE

FEATURED VIDEO:
LEARNING BY LISTENING

Asking children how they feel and what they think doesn’t just give us the information we need to help them thrive — it respects them and gives power to their voices.

Several members of HELP’s Aboriginal Steering Committee share their perspectives on children’s voices in this new video.