We here at SurveyMonkey are excited to share that Randolph Public Schools (RPS) of Massachusetts has also partnered with us in their launching of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Parent Survey today. Here with us to talk about how the insights gained from this survey will help support their district’s mission and educational beliefs is Monica Roberts, Director of Family and Community Relations and Communications at RPS.
Our mission here at Randolph Public Schools is to work together with families and the community in order to inspire, challenge and empower our students to acquire the knowledge, skills and values needed to become a responsible and caring citizen in a diverse society. Our community, families, and educators take pride in the high levels of achievement and learning demonstrated by our students and the spirit of community that makes it happen.
We believe that every student is a unique individual who deserves to be inspired, challenged and nurtured. Every student is capable of learning and achieving at high levels and it is a shared responsibility–students, teachers, parents and the community all play a role. Every teacher should be a skilled and dedicated educator who has a love for children and develops a productive relationship with each of his/her students. The diversity of our students and the residents of our community are both assets and provide further opportunity for our growth and learning.
The goal in instituting the K-12 Parent Survey was to obtain data to determine engagement and effectiveness of our school services and identify areas requiring improvement. We are committed to learning about the thoughts, feelings and attitudes from parents to improve the effectiveness of the schools and support development in student education. We want to use innovative tools that will help us better understand family-school relationships and ultimately support our students’ educational achievements.
We’ll be deploying the survey across all six of our K-12 schools—Donovan, JFK, Lyons, and Young Elementary Schools, Randolph Community Middle School and Randolph High School—and it will allow us to measure all aspects of the family-school dynamic. As English is the second language for approximately 40 percent of our nearly 3,000 students and their families, we worked with SurveyMonkey to customize it and so in addition to English, we are offering the survey in Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese and Spanish. For those families without regular Internet access, we’ll be distributing hard copies to the school where parents will be able to complete the survey on paper. To further incentivize parent participation, those who complete the survey can enter a raffle for the opportunity to win a Nook.
This partnership with SurveyMonkey represents a vital stride in innovation for RPS. Collecting the information we need accurately and rapidly is instrumental to us in our continued pursuit of school improvement and supports us in our efforts to further enrich our students’ educational experiences.
We’re proud that we can help support Randolph Public Schools in realizing their educational goals and continuing to better students’ lives.
Interested in learning more about Randolph Public Schools? Click here.
If you’re a school administrator/educator and are interested in learning how to get started with the Harvard Graduate School of Education K-12 Parent Survey or would like to get in touch with us, please visit our resource page.
Have educational stories to share of your own? Comments or questions? Please share them with us in the Comments section below!