Beyond the parent-teacher conference:
impact of feedback on student potential
Justin Lo, SurveyMonkey
Hunter Gehlbach, Har...
This will be fun
You’ll learn about:
• Designing surveys like a pro to get the
insights you need
• Addressing implementati...
The Survey Design
• Parent support (social and learning)
• Fit of the child at the school
• Self-Efficacy
• Child behaviors (positive and ne...
Designing for insights on the parent-school relationship
Process Goals
Step 1 – Literature review of parent support Determ...
The Benefits
• Scales have been heavily vetted – high probability for being valid
for your population
• Translated into Spanish
• Work ...
SurveyMonkey
Why?
How?
• Educators have used SurveyMonkey to get parent feedback since
1999
• Our goal is to help people make better decisions
Wh...
How does it work?
Who is using the survey?
295public districts
877 schools
~673,000students
• Assess needs
• Compare different groups
• Measure change over time
• Evaluate interventions
• Comply with requirements
•...
Case Study: Randolph Public Schools
What has been effective?
• Keep the survey short
(<15 minutes)
• Get parents the survey in a
way they can respond to it
• ...
• Get started at: www.surveymonkey.com/mp/harvard-education-
surveys/
• Contact Justin for more information:
– Justin Lo
j...
thank
you!
Appendix
• Social Support
• How often do you and your child talk when s/he is having a problem with others?
• To what extent do you...
• How well do you feel your child’s school is preparing him/her for his/her next
academic year?
• Given your child’s cultu...
• How confident are you that you can motivate your child to try hard in school?
• How confident are you in your ability to...
• Positive Behaviors
• How much effort does your child put into school-related tasks?
• How motivated is your child to lea...
• How big of a problem are the following issues for becoming involved with your
child's current school?
• How busy your sc...
• How often do you meet in person with teachers at your child's school?
• In the past year, how often have you visited you...
• How well do administrators at your child’s school create a school environment
that helps children learn?
• How motivatin...
• Make time for doing fun activities that are
unrelated to schoolwork
• Help children deal with their emotions
appropriate...
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  1. 1. Beyond the parent-teacher conference: impact of feedback on student potential Justin Lo, SurveyMonkey Hunter Gehlbach, Harvard Graduate School of Education A Harvard-SurveyMonkey Joint…
  2. 2. This will be fun You’ll learn about: • Designing surveys like a pro to get the insights you need • Addressing implementation: strategy and challenges • Applied questions: the good, bad and ugly • Best practices from the Harvard- SurveyMonkey education survey, deployed to nearly 900 schools across the country …and by the time it’s all over, you’ll: • Be a more educated creator – and consumer – of surveys • Learn a few adaptation and implementation strategies • Know right where to go for Parent- School relationship scales
  3. 3. The Survey Design
  4. 4. • Parent support (social and learning) • Fit of the child at the school • Self-Efficacy • Child behaviors (positive and negative) • Engagement • School climate • Communication • Roles Getting the scales right
  5. 5. Designing for insights on the parent-school relationship Process Goals Step 1 – Literature review of parent support Determine how parent support is defined; identify items that could be adapted for our scale Step 2 – Interviews & focus groups Ensure parent support construct reflected what potential participants experience Step 3 – Compare literature review & interviews Full conception of the parent support construct that both academics and participants agree with Step 4 – Develop items & construct questionnaire Representative construct coverage and develop items that adhere to best practices Step 5 – Expert validation Establish content validity Step 6 – Cognitive pretesting/interviewing Ensure respondents understand the items as desired by survey developer
  6. 6. The Benefits
  7. 7. • Scales have been heavily vetted – high probability for being valid for your population • Translated into Spanish • Work across age groups • You can pick the scales that matter for your school • Easy data collection vehicle We’ve done the work for you
  8. 8. SurveyMonkey Why? How?
  9. 9. • Educators have used SurveyMonkey to get parent feedback since 1999 • Our goal is to help people make better decisions Why listen to us?
  10. 10. How does it work?
  11. 11. Who is using the survey? 295public districts 877 schools ~673,000students
  12. 12. • Assess needs • Compare different groups • Measure change over time • Evaluate interventions • Comply with requirements • Inform strategic planning How are schools / districts using the survey?
  13. 13. Case Study: Randolph Public Schools
  14. 14. What has been effective? • Keep the survey short (<15 minutes) • Get parents the survey in a way they can respond to it • Survey in the language of your respondents • Consider incentives • 30% response rate is a good target
  15. 15. • Get started at: www.surveymonkey.com/mp/harvard-education- surveys/ • Contact Justin for more information: – Justin Lo justinl@surveymonkey.com 650.543.8461 Interested in learning more?
  16. 16. thank you!
  17. 17. Appendix
  18. 18. • Social Support • How often do you and your child talk when s/he is having a problem with others? • To what extent do you know how your child is doing socially at school? • How well do you know your child's close friends? • Learning Support • How often do you have conversations with your child about what his/her class is learning at school? • How often do you help your child understand the content s/he is learning in school? • How often do you help your child engage in activities which are educational outside the home? • How much effort do you put into helping your child learn to do things for himself/herself? Parent Support
  19. 19. • How well do you feel your child’s school is preparing him/her for his/her next academic year? • Given your child’s cultural background, how good a fit is his/her school? • How well do the teaching styles of your child's teachers match your child's learning style? • How well do the activities offered at your child’s school match his/her interests? • How much of a sense of belonging does your child feel at his/her school? • At your child's school, how well does the overall approach to discipline work for your child? • How comfortable is your child in asking for help from school adults? School Fit
  20. 20. • How confident are you that you can motivate your child to try hard in school? • How confident are you in your ability to support your child's learning at home? • How confident are you that you can help your child develop good friendships? • How confident are you in your ability to make sure your child's school meets your child's learning needs? • How confident are you in your ability to make choices about your child's schooling? • How confident are you in your ability to connect with other parents? • How confident are you in your ability to help your child deal with his or her emotions appropriately? Self-Efficacy
  21. 21. • Positive Behaviors • How much effort does your child put into school-related tasks? • How motivated is your child to learn the topics covered in class? • On average, how well does your child work independently on learning activities at home? • How regularly does your child read for fun? • In general, how well does your child learn from feedback about his/her work? • Negative Behaviors • When working on school activities at home, how easily is your child distracted? • How often does your child give up on learning activities that s/he finds hard? • How often does your child struggle to get organized for school? Child Behaviors
  22. 22. • How big of a problem are the following issues for becoming involved with your child's current school? • How busy your schedule is • Transportation-related challenges • Childcare needs • Concerns about getting to the school safely • Your child does not want you to contact the school • Negative memories of your own school experience • You feel unsure about how to communicate with the school • The school is not welcoming to parents • The school provides little information about involvement opportunities • The school doesn't communicate well with people from your culture • School staff seem too busy • You worry that adults at the school will treat your child differently if you raise a concern • You do not feel a sense of belonging with your child's school community Barriers to Engagement
  23. 23. • How often do you meet in person with teachers at your child's school? • In the past year, how often have you visited your child's school? • In the past year, how often have you discussed your child's school with other parents from the school? • How involved have you been in fundraising efforts at your child's school? • How involved have you been with a parent group(s) at your child's school? • In the past year, how often have you helped out at your child's school? Engagement
  24. 24. • How well do administrators at your child’s school create a school environment that helps children learn? • How motivating are the classroom lessons at your child's school? • How fair or unfair is the school's system of evaluating children? • To what extent do you think that children enjoy going to your child's school? • Overall, how much respect do you think the children at your child's school have for the staff? • Overall, how much respect do you think the teachers at your child's school have for the children? • How much does the school value the diversity of children's backgrounds? School Climate
  25. 25. • Make time for doing fun activities that are unrelated to schoolwork • Help children deal with their emotions appropriately • Identify what children are most interested in learning • Ensure good communication between home and school • Call attention to decisions about learning that do not seem to be in the best interest of the children • Make sure the children’s learning environment is safe • Make sure children are supported to do their best in school • Make sure that the children understand what is being taught at school • Make sure that the children have an adult to talk to at school • Make sure that children have enough time set aside to do all of their school-related work • Ensure children have good relationships with their peers Roles
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