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Over the past three years, we have witnessed how student surveys can support school communities in expanding their definition of student success. But general survey reports can only provide a snapshot of the big picture. In this session, participants will explore student survey data sets across demographics, access focus group protocols to make meaning of student perceptions of their learning experiences, and review research connections to academic outcomes.

Session Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explore Highlander Institute’s Student Experience Survey with questions related to academic mindset, social and emotional learning (SEL), sense of belonging, sociocultural awareness, and cognitive skills. 
  2. Learn how to design responsive focus groups based on student survey responses and teacher questions to clarify and deepen understanding of the student experience.
  3. Review implementation and data stories from Highlander Institute partner schools with a focus on how student experience data catalyzed instructional shifts.


  • Vera De Jesus, Highlander Institute