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    Colorado’s Student Perception Survey: What Parents Need to Know

    Overview

    This year we are administering a student perception survey (SPS). The questions in the survey will ask your child to give feedback about his or her teacher and learning experiences. The goal is for teachers to use student survey results to become even better teachers.

    A permission slip is not needed; we simply want to keep you informed.

    What This Means for Your Child and Other Students

    Your child should know that his or her voice and classroom experiences matter. The student survey is a way for students to communicate their thoughts to teachers without any negative consequences. The survey results will be confidential. Teachers will not receive student names with their survey results.

    Every student in the district will most likely take the survey at least once, and some students will take it more than once (for different teachers). While we want all teachers to receive feedback from their students, we are also trying to make sure that students are not completing multiple surveys when it’s not necessary.

    What This Means to You as a Parent

    We know that having a great teacher is the most important school-based factor in your child’s success. The student survey is one of many tools our school district can use to provide teachers with feedback to help them improve. Schools will be stronger and your child’s teachers will be better. Ultimately, your child’s learning will improve, too.

    What This Means for Teachers and Schools

    The purpose of the SPS is to provide educators with more feedback about how they can improve to increase student learning. Common practice in teacher evaluations is for principals to observe a teacher instructing a lesson and to provide him or her with feedback on strengths and weaknesses. While the principal’s feedback helps teachers improve their instruction, teachers can improve even more when given information from students who are in their classrooms every day.

    The surveys are not designed to measure whether students like or dislike their teacher. Rather, the focus is on how teachers and the classroom environment help students learn.

    How Can I Learn More?

    Visit The Colorado Education Initiative website at www.coloradoedinitiative.org/studentsurvey to learn more about the SPS and to see the survey questions.

     

    A Survey That Gives Students a Voice!

    What is a student perception survey?

    A student perception survey is a way for you to tell us about what happens in classrooms. We really want to know what you think. Are you nervous about sharing your feelings and experiences? Maybe you’re afraid that if you do, nothing will happen to change things.

     

    How will a survey help change things?

    The purpose of the survey is to learn from the people who know the most about teachersYOU. After all, you spend more time with your teachers than any adults do. You know firsthand what it’s like to be in your teacher’s class, and we want you to share these experiences so that teachers keep doing the things that work and can improve the things that don’t work as well.

     

    This isn’t a popularity contest for teachers. The survey doesn’t ask whether you like or dislike your teacher. It’s about how your teacher helps you learn and be successful in school. 

    Text Box: ü	STUDENT VOICE MATTERS!

ü	HELP TEACHERS IMPROVE!

ü	BE HONEST. ANSWERS ARE PRIVATE!

    Here are some sample questions: If the work is too hard, does your teacher help you keep trying? Does your teacher care about you? 

     

    Everyone needs feedback to get better. That’s why teachers correct your homework and testsso that you know what you did right and how you can improve. This survey is your opportunity to give teachers feedback so that they can get better at teaching.

     

    Who is going to see my survey? Will my teacher know how I answered the questions?

    Don’t worry—your responses to the survey will be private. Your teacher and principal will not know how you answered the questions. Your grades will not be changed or affected by your responses, so feel free to answer honestly.

     

    So how does the survey work?

    The survey has 34 questions. You may be asked to take the survey for more than one teacher, but you won’t have to take it for all your teachers. 

     

    Where can I get more information?

    Feel free to talk to your parents, teachers and principals. You can also visit the website of The Colorado Education Initiative, the organization that developed the survey, at www.coloradoedinitiative.org/studentsurvey.

     

     
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Check & Connect Mentorship

Expelled and At-Risk Students Services (EARSS) has partnered with Loveland community volunteers, Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado students for the new Check and Connect Mentorship initiative.  As we come to a close we want to celebrate that we have at least 1-2 mentors in each secondary school.  

Check and Connect Mentorship is a targeted intervention intended to help support and mentor our At-Risk youth grades 6-12 in Thompson School District during school hours. An important focus of Check and Connect Mentorship is the shift from preventing negative outcomes (dropout, suspension, office referrals) to promoting positive outcomes (general student support, school success and school completion). Check and Connect mentorship is an intervention designed to enhance student engagement at school and with learning.

TSD’s mentorship initiative has promoted student engagement by providing persistent support to boost academic, behavior, and expectations for underachieving and disengaged students.  A volunteer mentor works with students and partners with families by regularly checking their educational and social progress to enhance the student’s connection to school-home.  

What are the four components?

·      A mentor keeps education moving forward

·      A mentor systematically monitors (the “check” component)

·      A mentor has a timely and individualized intervention (the “connect” component)

If you are a community member interested in taking part in mentorship, click below to register: 

https://docs.google.com/a/thompsonschools.org/forms/d/1tqVzy_fXl76yyEbkuL-l7HBwPL91oak19okt7_PoLwg/viewform


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