Are You Moving the Needle?


You’re halfway through the school year—time to review, recalibrate, and renew your culture initiatives with Kickboard.

You’re halfway through the school year—time to review, recalibrate, and renew your culture initiatives with Kickboard. Today, we share a free, practical tool to use with your school leadership team for a mid-year check of school culture. This guide will help you think through what effects you’ve had on school culture so far, plan necessary adjustments, and ensure you’re on track to reach your goals by the end of the year.

This 5-step guide serves as a protocol to follow in a mid-year culture team meeting. During the meeting, your team will:

  1. Consider your original culture goal
  2. Inspect long-term impact data
  3. Evaluate your Kickboard usage and outcomes
  4. Evaluate your culture leadership practices
  5. Commit to a plan

We have also provided you with a printer-friendly guide you can download and use for note-taking during the meeting.



Remind yourselves why you started this journey. Was it to reduce office referrals or suspensions? Alter attendance? Increase the positivity of your learning environment? Keep that goal top-of-mind throughout this activity. Post it loud and clear in the front of the room to help you remember the end game!



Pull data both within and external to Kickboard. What evidence of success can you site that would indicate that the climate and culture at your school is improving compared to last school year?


  • Reduction in suspensions
  • Reduction in discipline referrals
  • Reduction in send-outs
  • Increase in attendance
  • Reduction in a certain negative behavior
  • Increase in positivity ratio

If you don’t have last year’s data available, you can analyze the current school year to date to determine if it’s trending positively. Here are analysis examples from two Kickboard schools:

Decline in referrals and suspensions throughout the fall semester.


Steady increase in positivity throughout the fall.



Now consider how you’ve used the  Kickboard software and evaluate how it is moving you toward achieving your goal. Use this table to capture your team’s thoughts:

Review Positivity Ratio

  • What was your overall positivity ratio for the school year?
  • Did any specific grade level(s) stand out?

Note: Kickboard recommends a minimum of a  3:1 positivity ratio.

Check Quantity of Behaviors Captured

  • Consider the number of behaviors recorded for this year.  
  • Was it sufficient to inspire students?

Tip: Divide total behaviors for the year by # enrolled. Then divide by # school days this year to see an average number of behaviors per student per day.

Look at Culture Analysis

  • View by school, group, and teacher.
  • Isolate specific behaviors that you either focused on as a school or that you might need to focus on in the future.
  • What trends do you notice?

Consider your behaviors list

  • Do you need to add, remove, or adjust  any of your behaviors?
  • Are point/dollar values working?
  • Do you need to change the way the behaviors are organized?

Review your consequences

  • Look at Culture Analysis by school and select one consequence at a time to see a bar graph of each.
  • Review your consequence list. Are there any you need to add? Delete?
  • How did positive consequences balance out with punitive consequences?


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In this step, reflect on how you actively used Kickboard culture data in your day-to-day school-wide systems and practices.

Collaborative Analysis

  • Did you, as a leadership team, use Kickboard culture data as part of a regular cycle for improvement?
  • Did teachers analyze culture data during PLCs or other collaborative data meetings?
  • Did coaches use data to help teachers improve classroom culture?
  • What worked/didn’t work?

What school-wide positive incentives were effective?

If you had inconsistencies in teacher tracking, how did you address them?

How did individual student behavior data help you plan as part of your RTI model?  



Of the changes you’ve identified above, what are your top priorities? Commit to 2-3 changes and create an action timeline for them.

You’re sure to meet your culture goals if you reflect, recalibrate, and renew your culture plan now. Click here for a printer-friendly version of this guide to use in your next culture meeting!




Kickboard can help you manage deep culture change!

Contact us at or at 504-327-5782 to hear more about how Kickboard Professional Services can help you with school systems and practices to ensure you reach your goals.