How Behavioral Data Analysis Can Lead to An Improvement In Your School Culture


Part of making good choices for student learning is grounding those decisions in data. A school that leverages data-informed practices can make decisions, recommendations and develop interventions that are aligned to their needs. Positivity data is one particular area where there is an opportunity to have a great impact on student learning and school culture. A shift to using positive language, alternative consequences, encouraging rewards and creating intentional plans can improve data positively across the school.

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Positivity is infectious and can really change the student learning environment. Focusing on positive consequences through language, rewards and data can affect change in student learning. This work begins with teachers and administrators who are focused on creating safe and effective learning environments. In the process, they learn more about their students and can influence their choices and behaviors using positivity.

When analyzing recorded behavior data, a teacher or administrator might notice shifts in behavior trends or areas where some students are receiving a high number of negative consequences. The data may also show in what areas a specific student might need more support or different intervention. 

3 Strategies for Addressing High Instances of Negative Behavior Data

 Reinforcement and Consistency

A critical part of this work is being consistent with support. Admins and teams should regularly review the data and create data-driven action plans. Providing co-teaching experience or observations that highlight areas of success is important. Connecting the reinforcement to culture goals creates an accountability structure that encourages learning and growth for the teacher.

 Address Bias

Bias in the classroom can be influenced by societal beliefs about race and gender. This problem has an impact on discipline and academic achievement. Using a behavior analysis tool is helpful in identifying where bias might exist. Teachers can learn more about which students are receiving negative or positive interactions in their classrooms. Using the data, a teacher can adjust their strategies and become more aware of whether or not students are being recognized equitably.

 Analyze Teacher Instruction

The transition process from punitive to positive requires goals and intentional effort from teachers and staff. Administrators should have structures in place to observe and provide feedback to teachers. One way is by using their student data and exploring how each teacher manages classroom behavior. As a direct support mechanism, teaming teachers to share best practices is helpful to ensure students are having a positive learning experience.

The data ultimately provides evidence for opportunities to change instruction or interventions. Outlining goals and expectations for behavior and supporting that with clear data tools promotes a positive culture. It’s imperative for schools to begin to move from punitive to positive. Increasing the acknowledgement of and providing rewards for positive behaviors will encourage positive behavior. This will change the input of student data collection and provide positive student data.

3 Ways to use your Positive Data

 School and Family Communications

Report positive student behavior to families and celebrate successes. Use a family newsletter or review during parent conferences to provide overall school behavior data and details about how the child is performing. Schools that have set positive goals can also discuss the ways they intend to reach those goals through positive reinforcement and language

 Create Professional Development Opportunities

To create effective data points, teachers and administrators must be engaging students positively and modeling behavior expectations. This will include changing their language and some approaches to instruction. Administrators can offer professional development opportunities to create a community of teachers who are using this data effectively and to engage students. This direct peer-to-peer training or coaching will support teachers.

 School-wide Rewards

If you are looking for innovative ways to build school culture and shift school morale, schoolwide competitions are fun for students. By setting positive expectations through language, behavior at the individual, classroom and school level, the data can be used to connect to a reward system removed from bias. 

Kickboard provides tools for teachers and administrators to use data to guide conversations with parents and students. The behavior data can be categorized and leveraged in multiple ways but overall, it provides a detailed report of student opportunities and rewards. When using the student positivity ratio, the data concerned with students balances between positive and corrective behaviors. Within the Kickboard Analysis tools, teachers can review the positivity ratio of multiple students or identify trends in behavior over a period of time.