Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the development of skills or competencies that help us positively relate to one another.
On the MDI, these are measured by asking children about their levels of optimism, empathy, prosocial behaviour, self-esteem, happiness, sadness, worries and self-regulation.
For grade sevens, the MDI also includes questions about responsible decision-making, self-awareness, perseverance, assertiveness, citizenship and social responsibility.
Learn more about Social & Emotional Development here.
After School Time
The environments in which children live and play are important, yet we know very little about how and where school-aged children actually spend their after-school hours.
The data provided by the MDI attempts to fill gaps in the existing research on children’s activities between 3pm and 6pm. These are known as the “critical hours” because it is during this time children are most often left unsupervised.
Your Community Map details district and neighbourhood boundaries.
MDI neighbourhood boundaries have typically been drawn to align, where possible, with municipal planning areas and to coincide with census and taxfiler data.
In most cases, boundaries are also set to neighbourhoods with a minimum number of 50 children to reduce the number of neighbourhoods where data are suppressed due to low numbers of children, and at the same time ensure the accuracy and precision of MDI data.
The Well-Being Index map represents the percentage of children in each neighbourhood across the district who are Thriving – reporting high scores on at least 4 of the 5 measures of well-being.
The darker the colour, the greater percentage of students in the neighbourhood considered Thriving.