Tell Them From Me is an assessment system that measures a wide variety of indicators of student engagement and wellness, and classroom and school climate that are known to affect learning outcomes. The anonymous survey covers areas including: perceptions of testing, involvement in sports teams and clubs, attendance, hours spent watching TV, a sense of belonging, post-graduation goals, bullying, self esteem, student anxiety and depression. The survey also offers some open-ended questions, where students can comment in a personal way on any aspect of what they do or do not like about their school. The survey can be used by administration to better understand and respond to the many factors that affect the success of their students and their schools.
The survey was designed by J. Douglass Willms and Patrick Flanagan and has been used by a large number of school districts in Canada.
An article on the program by J. Douglass Willms and Patrick Flanagan ran in the Summer 2007 issue of Education Canada, a publication of the Canadian Education Association. To read the article visit the Learning Bar website and click on the article “Tell Them From Me”. You can also read Principal Peter Milovanovic’s article on using TTFM survey in a high school setting in Ontario, Canada. ( Published in the Canadian Association of Principals (CAP) Journal Vol. 15 No. 3, October 2007.)
To listen to a CBC Radio radio program on the initiative in Prince Edward Island Schools, click here: CBC Radio Maritime Noon (03-Oct-2007) (Runtime: 10 minutes)
To listen to a CBC Radio show on what the survey has revealed about Anxiety and Depression listen, to this program with Dr. Alexa Bagnell: CBC Radio Maritime Noon (04-Oct-2007) (Runtime: 9 minutes)
The statistical evidence is that the best predictor of the performance of a community's schools, the best predictor of math scores and science scores, for example, is the social capital in that community... And by that I simply mean the number of people who know one another's first name, the number of people who take part in community organizations, the level of trust and reciprocity in the community.
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