Parents/guardians are invited to complete a 10-minute survey about school climate and culture as part of Newton North's participation in the Caring Schools Network. Survey results will be anonymous, and respondents may skip any questions they do not wish to answer.
Message from Principal Henry Turner and Vice Principal Amy Winston
Last year, while looking for resources to support our social and civic skills work, including our anti-bias work, we learned about the Making Caring Common project at Harvard (https://mcc.gse.harvard.edu). Late last year we joined the “Caring Schools #CommonGood Campaign.” Joining the campaign has allowed us to connect with other school leaders who are committed to developing social and civic skills in their students. Something that attracted us to this project and program is their focus on small changes and efforts that have a big impact.
This fall Making Caring Common reached out to us with a new opportunity; they invited us to join the Caring Schools Network. Doing so only requires us to do one thing: have a sample of our students, our staff, and our families complete a survey. Harvard researchers then analyze the data from that survey and provide feedback to us, along with strategies that we can use to improve our climate and culture at North. The survey will help us learn about how school members view our school climate and culture, including for instance school values, safety, support, relationships, and respect for diversity. These surveys are research-based and used at schools across the country. The researchers at Harvard will aggregate and analyze the data. They will share this data with us along with recommended strategies and resources that we may find helpful in our continued work on culture, climate, and communication this year.
We are interested in learning your thoughts, as parents and guardians, about our school community. We have already surveyed our faculty and staff and students in grade 11 will complete the survey in US History classes over the next few weeks. We look forward to our continued conversations about culture, climate and social and civic skills. If you have any questions, please let us know.