Hingham Public Schools is developing a comprehensive multi-tiered model of social-emotional supports for students across all grades PK-12, known as our Hingham Tiered Systems of Support: Social-Emotional. This process will include anonymous surveys of students, teachers, and parents. The survey process will be conducted in collaboration with researchers from the Boston University School of Education.
Assessing the behavioral and emotional functioning of students can be an effective tool in promoting student success. Academic problems, along with problems associated with developing and maintaining positive relationships with others, can be the result of underlying behavioral and emotional difficulties. Our schools are dedicated to selecting and implementing initiatives that will effectively ensure a safe, supportive, and healthy learning environment for our students and schools. We will use results from these surveys to inform our provision of support services and activities, and to focus professional development activities for our teachers and staff.
All students who agree to participate will complete brief surveys during one class period on one occasion during regularly scheduled school activities. Your child does not have to participate. Participation in the survey is voluntary. Students will be asked about life and school experiences, focusing on emotional, social, and academic problems. They will not put their names on the survey, and answers will be anonymous. We will therefore be unable to identify particular students, even if they report having experienced emotional or behavioral problems; rather, the survey will provide general information about the nature of student strengths and challenges in our schools. Any child can choose not to complete the survey or to skip any questions that they do not wish to answer. Participation or refusal to participate will not affect your child’s grades or other school services. We expect that the survey will take approximately 20 – 30 minutes to complete. If you DO NOT want your child to complete the anonymous survey, please notify your child’s school counselor on or before Friday, October 27, 2017.
The survey for parents is now live and available. As with the student survey, your participation is voluntary and survey responses are anonymous. You will be asked about your child’s experiences in school, focusing particularly on emotional, social, and academic problems. Because this survey is anonymous, we will not be able to identify particular students who are having trouble; rather, we will use the information to understand parent perceptions of student strengths and challenges. You can choose not to complete the survey or to skip any questions that you do not wish to answer. Your participation or refusal to participate will not affect your child’s grades or other school services. We expect that the survey will take parents 15-20 minutes to complete for each child.
To conduct these surveys, we have partnered with Dr. Jennifer Greif Green, an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Boston University. Dr. Green specializes in studying the role of school-wide surveys in informing school provision of supports and services for student emotional and behavioral needs. Dr. Green will use information from the surveys to compile reports for our schools to enhance our understanding of the types of challenges that students at our schools may experience and the resources that students access when they are experiencing these problems. The surveys may also be used by Dr. Green at BU for research. In any research presentations, data from the surveys will only be presented in aggregate and it will not be possible to identify a particular child, or even a particular school. If you have questions about this survey, you can contact Dr. Jennifer Green at Boston University at [email protected] or 617-353-3253.
A copy of this letter and the survey is in the school office for you to view. As always, if you have any concerns about your child’s emotional well being, please contact your child’s school counselor. We believe that this survey and the information that it will provide to Hingham schools is an important step in nurturing a supportive learning environment for all of our students.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s school counselor. Attached please find a FAQ sheet about the project, as well as a listing of all members of the HTSS: Social-Emotional Task Force members and all Parent Ambassadors for this project. You may also contact any of these individuals with questions or concerns.