Culture and Climate Surveys

Holyoke Public Schools used the Panorama Culture and Climate survey tool to gather feedback from our students, staff, and families.

The Spring 2021 survey results are in!  Thank you for your participation.

These survey responses inform our improvement efforts at the school and district level, as we work together to be families’ first choice for their children’s education. The surveys were sent in February in order to gather feedback on our learning model; understand the supports that students, staff, and families need; and check in on progress towards our key measurable annual goals. 

Visit the Panorama website and choose the Holyoke icon to view district results and the Schools icon to view individual school results. We are pleased to report 65% student participation, 79% staff participation, and 1018 families returning surveys

 

We are particularly encouraged by:

  • More than half of the students in all grades feel they are getting the help they need with their schoolwork right now
  • Stronger relationship building, in all grades, with more students feeling connected to, encouraged and supported by adults at school
  • More students are reporting that their teachers seem excited to be teaching classes.
  • More students in all grades are feeling that their culture and native language are respected, with an increase among all grades since the last survey
  • Three quarters of teachers feel their school engages in a culture of meaningful communication and feedback with leadership
  • Teachers and staff report increased positive work environment
  • Families feel that schools embrace students and families as their own
  • Families are encouraged that their child’s school helps them to do well and believe they can achieve success

 

We still have room for improvement, including:

  • Ensuring SEL supports are in place in the fall to address low levels of students feeling connected to their peers and other adults in school during COVID
  • Increasing culturally responsive teaching and increasing educational materials which reflect the cultural backgrounds of our students
  • Aligning feedback from PD sessions directly with Panorama results in order to ensure PD offerings reflect the needs of staff
  • Pushing for movement among Family survey results given the long standing stagnation in results

 

This input and feedback about our schools and district are critical to ensuring that we adapt and refine our strategy and implementation. Thank you for your continued engagement and please know that surveys are just one way we collect feedback. Please reach out to us with questions and suggestions throughout the year!

A look back at last April’s Annual Survey results:

  • Families felt that the school provides programming and opportunities to learn how to support children’s learning at home
  • The majority of families indicated that they meet or communicate via email or text with their child’s teacher at least monthly
  • More students felt safe in their classroom (6-pt increase to 74% in grades 3-5 and 5-pt increase to 75% in grades 6-12) and around school
  • Students reported stronger relationship building, especially in grades 3-5, with more students feeling that their teachers encourage them to do their best
  • More students in grades 6-12 felt that teachers are excited to teach their classes, especially since this was a growth area last year

 

This input and feedback about our schools and district are critical to ensuring that we adapt and refine our strategy and implementation.  Thank you for your continued engagement and please know that surveys are just one way we collect feedback. Please reach out to us with questions and suggestions throughout the year!   

Contact Us

Jenny Malave, Project Manager
Email: 
jmalave@hps.holyoke.ma.us

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