Extensive scholarly research and data collected from teachers, counselors, psychologists, coaches, social workers, and parents have made clear the direct correlation between student outcomes and their wellbeing. Additionally, research has proven that wellbeing competencies are teachable and are best acquired through a social-emotional learning lens.
Skills such as conflict resolution, emotional and behavioral management, teamwork, and interpersonal collaboration enable students to thrive socially and as a result, perform better academically. When schools and learning environments embrace and honor the correlation between student outcomes and their wellbeing in their instructional culture, the best results for every student become possible. In order to achieve this, a rigorous framework to regularly measure student’s wellbeing is necessary.
Educator Impact’s Pulse provides this framework for meaningful change and optimal outcomes.
What we have learned
Schools that emphasize ensuring students’ wellbeing and addressing the needs of the “whole” student prepare them better to succeed in the dynamic world of the 21st century.
In addition to mastering academic subjects, students who acquire skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, interpersonal communication, and conflict resolution fare better. These self-management skills are necessary to understand and manage emotions in order to achieve goals. Without them, their education won’t fully serve them. Learning environments that include these social-emotional competencies in their curricula establish a framework for students to navigate life’s challenges. This enables them to gain the most from their learning experiences both now and for the future.
Better emotional wellbeing is associated with school achievement. In other words, students with higher levels of personal wellbeing tend to be engaged in learning and therefore, make greater gains. Students who are confident and have internalized learning as crucial to their happiness and success perform better. When they understand that the essential people in their lives, including their teachers, care about their wellbeing along with their academic outcomes, education becomes meaningful to them, yielding better student outcomes.
Student’s attention problems consistently predict lower academic performance and are often the direct consequence of lower levels of wellbeing. The ability to identify students who are experiencing social-emotional struggles in a classroom quickly and intervene early is crucial for interrupting a downward spiral. In the fast-paced, multi-dimensional classrooms of today, falling behind can have devastating consequences. In the current pandemic environment, the challenge is heightened, with many students using distance learning. New and better techniques need to replace outdated approaches to measure student wellbeing and meet the needs of every learner.
Educator Impact’s Pulse, the online student wellbeing platform, adds a layer of meaningful communication that produces results. Students reflect on and answer a series of five questions based on their social-emotional wellbeing that takes approximately one minute. In those sixty seconds, valuable insight is gained, enabling schools to assess the welfare of each individual across the entire student population. Pulse is a user-friendly, risk-free safety net with the ability to engage every student in a non-threatening way, while simultaneously gathering statistically significant data to drive positive student outcomes.
Educator Impact’s Pulse is empowering because students take ownership of the process themselves. Engaging students in all aspects of their learning is crucial. The fact that their concerns are listened to and that they can create an active feedback loop using Pulse assures students that their teachers care. This builds trust and leads to significant benefits for learning environments.
Pulse establishes a system where no one falls through the cracks. Weekly participation normalizes the conversation around the importance of social-emotional health, encouraging usership and contributing to an overall culture of wellbeing. Even the most vulnerable students will reach out, knowing that they can link directly to a trusted teacher on their own terms, whenever they are ready.
Educator Impact’s Pulse is different from traditional annual assessments. With regular use, teachers and administrators can track wellbeing over time. The ability to monitor in real time enables front-line workers to deliver care that is relevant to the student’s current concerns and intervene before it is too late. Furthermore, it is easy to use and is designed with an understanding of teachers’ busy schedules. Pulse transforms school’s wellbeing and engagement initiatives from reactive to proactive, without being labor intensive.
Educators understand that the correlation between student outcomes and their wellbeing is a crucial factor in their success. They also understand that students have many different learning styles and social-emotional needs that arise throughout the school year. Recognizing this and making each student feel acknowledged while keeping up with the evolving classrooms of today can seem overwhelming. Pulse takes the edge off and opens the gateway for meaningful change.
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.