Step-By-Step Guide
for School Boards

MDI Administrator Portal

MDI School Board Lead

The role of the school board’s MDI Lead is critical to the success of the MDI.

The MDI School Board Lead’s Role is:

  • to organize and support data collection at the school board level
  • to participate in teleconference and professional development sessions provided by HELP
  • to support teachers and principals as needed

HELP’s role is one of consultant and guide. We provide ongoing support and resources to ensure smooth implementation of the MDI and dissemination of results.

MDI Checklist

STEP 1: Review the MDI Administrator Checklist and resources for communication to your principals in the Principal Package new this year!

STEP 2: Distribute introductory email and package of resources to principals

Inform principals about the MDI. You can copy this draft email template and send it to principals in participating schools as soon as possible. It contains a checklist and supporting resources for administering the MDI in their schools, as well as the link to this MDI Administration Portal. This should be sent as soon as possible.

Step 3:  View the District Administration Webinar

HELP hosts a webinar for District Leads presenting an overview of the process for MDI Implementation, highlights of best practices with an opportunity for questions. Recording of the webinar available here.

STEP 4: Distribute MDI Consent information letters

Consent information letters describe the project and details involvement for principals, teachers and parents. Parents must receive the information letter 4 weeks prior to the start of implementation and have the option to withdraw their child from participation. Participation is voluntary for principals, teachers, parents and students.

STEP 5: Upload class lists and distribute survey administration materials

Class list information is downloaded from the district database and uploaded to the secure MDI website. MDI administration materials are distributed to survey administrators. If your district is manually uploading your class lists and you require assistance, please contact us at

STEP 6: Teacher training

Districts may choose teacher training sessions, or direct teachers to a training webinar hosted by HELP on Thu, Jan 07 at 3:15 pm PST (register here). A recording of the webinar will be made available for later viewing. Also, the MDI Survey Administration Training Video is a brief training video available for teachers and principals to view the essential information about administering the MDI survey to their students.

STEP 7: Survey Administration

Teachers, principals or other school administrators administer the survey between January 11 and March 5. Typically, the survey takes students 45 – 90 minutes to complete depending on their age and reading level.

Step 8: Complete the MDI Feedback Survey

How did it go? Let us know on the MDI Feedback Survey!

Step 9: You did it! Thank you!..Let’s keep going!

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