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 began a few months ago with the anonymous surveying of students, teachers, and parents. The survey process was conducted in collaboration with researchers from the Boston University School of Education.
On Monday, February 12, 2018 the research team from BU presented the district results of the surveys to the Hingham School Committee. There will be additional school-specific presentations over the course of the coming months, please watch for the dates and times of these school-specific presentations from your principal/s.
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 agreed to participate completed brief surveys during one class period on one occasion during regularly scheduled school activities. Children did not have to participate. Participation in the survey was voluntary. Students were asked about life and school experiences, focusing on emotional, social, and academic problems. They did not put their names on the survey, and answers will be anonymous. We are 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 could 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 students’ grades or other school services. The survey will took approximately 20 – 30 minutes to complete.
The survey for parents was also completed. As with the student survey, parent participation was voluntary and survey responses are anonymous. Parents were asked about their child’s experiences in school, focusing particularly on emotional, social, and academic problems. Because this survey is anonymous, we are not be able to identify particular students who are having trouble; rather, we are using the information to understand parent perceptions of student strengths and challenges. Parents chose not to complete the survey or to skip any questions that they did not wish to answer. Parent participation or refusal to participate will not affect his/her child’s grades or other school services. The survey will took 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 is using 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.
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.
Please also feel free to contact members of the HTSS: Social-Emotional Task Force members and all Parent Ambassadors with questions or concerns about this initiative.