The K12 Insight Difference:
Planning & Calendar
A culture of transparency and collaboration — incorporating viewpoints of all stakeholders in critical decision-making — leads to true stakeholder engagement. Engaging in two-way dialogue through surveys is a great way to hear all those voices. And by creating a Survey Calendar with exact timelines, you can assure a culture of transparency and collaboration.
There are five distinct advantages to a Survey Calendar:
- It allows your district to focus on planning your strategic communications. Looking ahead 18 to 24 months, your district is forced to consider future activities and key issues.
- It tackles and eliminates an often prevailing culture of ad-hoc activity.
- It eliminates potential over-surveying or under-surveying. By seeking input from all stakeholders in a systematic fashion, you can plan who will participate in each of your surveys.
- It communicates to stakeholders that your district believes in a culture of collaboration and two-way dialogue.
- It creates a central place on which to focus, helping to deflect potential chatter that your district is approaching critical issues without input. By posting your Survey Calendar on your district website, you’re communicating that transparency is top-of-mind.
We will work with you to customize a Survey Calendar that meets the specific needs of your school district.
A Survey Calendar may include:
Key Performance Metrics/ Quality & Culture
- Opening of Schools Survey. Two to three weeks into the school year, principals and teachers give input on how well-prepared their locations were when school started; i.e., the condition of textbooks and the school building in general, whether each classroom had adequate furniture, etc.
- Customer Service Survey. At the end of the school year, teachers and principals give input on how well each Central Office department provided needed services and support.
Climate Surveys ask parents about individual classroom issues, as well as their perception and knowledge of various leadership decisions.
- Site-Level Climate Survey. A few months into the school year, students, staff and parents are asked for feedback regarding individual school sites and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs).
- Climate Survey on Central Office Issues. Parents, staff and community members weigh in on Central Office issues and the role of the school board.
Engagement Studies focus on the emotional, cognitive and behavioral state of mind of individuals, measuring motivation levels.
- Staff Engagement. These critical measurements help understand the overall professional health of teaching staff.
- Student Engagement. These critical measurements help understand the level of responsibility students take for their own education.
Surveys on Operational Issues, such as Effectiveness of Professional Development Programs and Technology & Needs Assessment Surveys.
Special Topics, such as Budget Surveys, School Closures or other building-related issues.