Council in Schools: The Data

Source: WestEd Council in Schools Evaluation (11-11-09) prepared by
Barbara Dietsch, PhD and Noraini Abdullah-Welsh, PhD

In a three-year study (2006-2009) based on the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS: with 15 Los Angeles schools, WestEd confirmed the following data:

 Teachers (n=131)

 89% of teachers said they plan to sustain the practice in their classrooms.

78% said Council made their classroom a better place.

 98% said Council provided opportunities to speak about issues important to them and to process issues and concerns.

A mean score of 3.33 indicated that teachers saw increased engagement in content-based discussions.

A mean score of 3.18 indicated that teachers saw increases in student social-emotional competencies.

Principals (n=15)

 100% supported the implementation of Council and agreed Council-related sessions were an effective use of professional development time.

 A mean score of 3.50 on a scale to measure the effectiveness of Council “suggests that principals felt that Council impacted their students and school climate by improving disciplinary referrals and fights on campus and better social skills (listening, public speaking, and negotiating personal conflicts) among students.”

Students (n=1834)

A mean score of 3.0 (n=1834) to measure the value of Council indicates “positive beliefs about the value and effectiveness of council.”

 80% said they liked having Council in their classrooms.

Nearly 75% of students surveyed felt that Council made them feel more connected to peers and adults on the campus, a strong indicator of resilience based on the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS).

Parents (n=41)

 A mean score of 3.85 indicates strong agreement about the value and effectiveness of Council at the school.

A mean score of 3.78 for appreciating the opportunity to experience Council with other parents.

A mean score of 3.09 agreed that through Council parents learned parenting strategies from other parents.

A mean score of 3.21 agreed that because of Council their children developed more confidence in speaking in front of others.