In an effort to evaluate the effectiveness of our core curriculum lessons, we collected and analyzed data for each lesson. The three lessons we provided were delivered effectively- we saw every student across each grade level and teams in a timely manner. Any students who were absent received lessons during small group. For each lesson, we used a pre and post-test model to collect data. We each based the questions on our surveys to reflect the learning goals of the lessons as well as the mindsets and behaviors we intended on teaching around. For example, on our Human Trafficking pre and post-test, we ask if students know three ways to keep themselves safe from human traffickers which aligns with the B-SS “Demonstrate advocacy skills and ability to assert self when necessary” standard of which was centered in our lesson.
Outcome data for each lesson was varied due to the lessons varied content. For the “What is Bullying? What Does It Look Like?” lesson, the outcome data was disciplinary data pulled from our online system. We looked at quarter 1 versus quarter 2 to hone in more specifically to the time period in which the lesson was taught. For the Human Trafficking lesson, we collected data for the district to be able to evaluate the effectiveness of this initiative. We track our referrals for this specific lesson using a survey, attached, that enables us to assess the safety of our students. Any student who responds that they are not safe or that they need to speak with an adult is seen that day, often within the hour. We deliver this lesson in both 7th and 8th grade and across both grades.
Conducting classroom core curriculum lessons is often challenging to plan around. Our school has improved in respect to being more preventative than responsive, but we are still spending a lot of time in responsive services. That being said, working as a team has been invaluable to our success in implementing in-class lessons. When a counselor is conducting a grade-level lesson, the other two counselors are “on call” for any responsive services during that time. We have also been strategic in blocking out time to do these lessons. We have found that we are more consistent in the delivery of our lessons when we are in the classrooms all day rather than sporadically.
Year to year we continue to get better at implementing our core curriculum lessons and we believe we can get better at a few things. The first being our survey questions. We want to continue to improve upon aligning with the mindsets and behaviors. Asking more specific and intentional questions will help us have even better data to guide us. We also want to increase the amount of core curriculum lessons, as they are preventative in nature, which will hopefully decrease the amount of responsive and crisis services we provide. Growth in this area for us is a focus and we continue to improve, largely guided by data collected from previous lessons as well as qualitative data collected by talking with administration and our Advisory Council.