It’s no secret that for many American students, school is a challenging time. With COVID-19 impacting the school environment and growing demands to achieve academic success, many students are finding it challenging to balance their studies, social lives, and relationships.
Recent reports have found that most US teens struggle with stress and anxiety, so there’s pressure on schools to do more to improve their students’ emotional and physical health.
“There’s just so much going on in this day and age, the pressures to fit in, the pressure to achieve, the pressure of social media.” —Kathy Reamy, school counselor
Educational institutions all over the country are also feeling the strain, with greater demands placed on teachers, counselors, and school leaders to proactively monitor, assess, and mentor their students, particularly those in need of urgent help.
As a school leader, how do you keep your finger on the pulse of your school’s climate, maintain student engagement, and improve wellbeing outcomes, all without increasing your budget?
The good news is that with advancements in mobile technology and the use of smart data, you can maintain frequent contact, foster healthier relationships, and identify which students need your help the most.
Proactively Nurture Your Student’s Wellbeing
For many years, American schools have conducted annual surveys to gauge student health and wellbeing, resulting in volumes of data that could usually only be acted upon after help may have been needed.
By utilizing mobile engagement software, school leaders can now proactively measure, assess, and improve the wellbeing of their entire school population and prioritize students who need immediate assistance. Using a weekly pulse check-in via any desktop or mobile device, students can provide valuable feedback about their happiness levels, mood, and general wellbeing—all in just sixty seconds.
This instant online engagement has two significant benefits: schools can use real-time insights to improve and prioritize their support efforts, and students feel safer and more comfortable in their learning environment.
The use of mobile technology also helps increase engagement. While many students are hesitant to approach teachers or counselors for difficult one-on-one talks, far more are open to giving simple feedback in their own time and space.
Build a Safer and More Open School Environment
One of the biggest challenges facing US teachers is building and maintaining trust with students, particularly those struggling with mental health challenges, difficult home situations, or conflicts with their peers.
But research tells us that once student-teacher trust is established, it can create enhanced classroom engagement, better academic performance, and a more welcoming school environment.
In simple terms: when students feel happier and more comfortable, it’s a win for the entire school.
By maintaining frequent contact and removing the barriers that prevent them from seeking help, students can easily reach out to trusted teachers. They feel safer and more relaxed in their learning environment and benefit from knowing that if and when they need to talk, someone is there to listen.
Create Better Outcomes for Your Students and Your School
Good educators know that school is more than just a place for students to learn—it’s an environment for them to mature and grow as people.
By taking a forward-thinking approach to measuring student wellbeing, combined with the benefits of advanced analytics, educational leaders can improve the lives of individual pupils and the school environment as a whole.
With real-time insights into student mental health and wellbeing, schools can prioritize those in need of immediate help, identify trends and wellbeing clusters, and use reliable data to enhance the performance of teachers and school leaders.
Ultimately, by improving your students’ health and wellbeing, you also improve the lives of their friends, their families, and your entire community.
Want to See the Software for Yourself?
With so many different factors impacting the physical and mental health of your students, you need new and effective ways to monitor and prioritize your student support, even if everyone is working remotely.
That’s why Educator Impact has developed EI Pulse, an online platform that helps you check in with your students every week from the privacy of their mobile phone and then use smart data to ensure that no one is left behind.
“It’s been a revelation. The result was evident on the first day when you were able to respond immediately to students feeling negative or needing some help.” —Casimir Douglas, St Patrick’s College, Launceston
If you’d like to know more about the EI Pulse platform, we’d love to take you through a short fifteen-minute demo.
Get in touch with a member of our team, and discover why more than 35,000 active students are benefiting from a more proactive, nurturing, and welcoming school environment.
Educator Impact is dedicated to helping students find easier ways to ask for help, giving teachers real-time insights on those students, and helping school leaders identify trends in school wellbeing and culture trends.