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Community Informed at Social/Emotional Skills & Support Session

Over 70 community members that represented a variety of sectors across the community gathered on Tuesday, March 21 at St. Cloud State University to learn more about the social/emotional skills and support of students in the greater St. Cloud community.  Dr. Michael Rodriguez presented current information from the Minnesota Student Survey, which provides information on the developmental skills and supports of Minnesota youth. A 2016 profile of Minnesota youth tells a story of developmental skills and supports across racial and ethnic communities, indicating that diverse youth have the social and emotional capacity to succeed. Educators and community leaders appreciated a fresh look at the information and utility of the data.  Over 90% of the participants felt the information and insights shared were important and useful.  

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Dr. Rodriguez shared a new profile of youth developmental skills and supports which allow school districts and youth-supporting agencies to create a new model to help all youth overcome persistent challenges. The profiles of developmental skills (commitment to learning, positive identity, social competence), developmental supports (empowerment, teacher/school support, family/community support), and developmental challenges (bullying, mental distress, family violence) were discussed. The discussion and information also focused on the profiles as they differ among students from different racial (White, Black, Asian, American Indian) and ethnic (Latino, Somali, Hmong) communities, across grades 5, 8, 9, and 11, and special education and free/reduced lunch status. These profiles relate to other important outcomes including achievement based on grades, after-school activity participation, post-high school goals, and employment.

Rodriguez is a professor of quantitative methods in education with a focus on educational measurement and assessment. As the Campbell Leadership Chair, he is also the co-director of the Educational Equity Resource Center, providing leadership at the University in its interdisciplinary work addressing educational equity and achievement gaps. His research team, the Minnesota Youth Development Research Group, has conducted research on the Minnesota Student Survey for over 10 years, resulting in more than 20 national presentations on this work.

The links bleow provide access to a video of the presentation along with state-level data and data that combines information for three school districts:  St. Cloud Area School District, Sauk Rapids-Rice School District and the Sartell-St. Stephen School District.

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Link to state-level data

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Social/Emotional Skills & Support: Understanding & Using the Minnesota Student Survey Results

Partner For Student Success, along with St. Cloud State University, will host a session, led by Dr. Michael Rodriguez*, about the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS), which provides information on the developmental skills and supports of Minnesota youth. A 2016 profile of Minnesota youth tells a story of developmental skills and supports across racial and ethnic communities, indicating that diverse youth have the social and emotional capacity to succeed.

Revealing a new profile of youth developmental skills and supports will allow us to create a new model to help all youth overcome persistent challenges. In this session, we will explore profiles of development, developmental supports, and developmental challenges. We will then discuss how schools and community organizations can use this information to support the positive development of all youth.

8:00-8:30 AM - Registration
8:30-13:30 AM - Main Presentation by Dr. Michael Rodriguez

Eventbrite - Social/Emotional Skills & Support - Understanding & Using the MSS Results

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*Dr. Michael Rodriguez is a professor of quantitative methods in education with a focus on educational measurement and assessment. As the Campbell Leadership Chair, he is also the co-director of the Educational Equity Resource Center, providing leadership at the University in its interdisciplinary work addressing educational equity and achievement gaps. His research team, the Minnesota Youth Development Research Group, has conducted research on the Minnesota Student Survey for over 10 years, resulting in more than 20 national presentations on this work.

 

Convening Success and Report Card

Over 100 people packed the room at Resource Training & Solutions on Wednesday, November 30 to hear about the progress Partner For Student Success has made over the past six years and what is on the horizon for the organization.  Several partners shared stories and thoughts about the importance of collective impact and how PFSS is making a difference.  Speakers included Pat Welter, one of the founders of PFSS; Mayor Dave Kleis; Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert; John Ruis, President and CEO of the United Way of Central Minnesota; Tom Schlough, retired CEO of Park Industries and PFSS Board Chair; and Gary Marsden, retired CEO of Marco Business Products and PFSS Board member.

Partner For Student Success also presented a report card at the convening to share how the organization is data-driven in working toward their mission to unite the greater St. Cloud community in the collective pursuit of student success.  Andrea Preppernau, PFSS Data Manager; Marcia Schlattman, Milestones Program Manager; John Bryant, President and CEO of GeoComm and Jenny Bushman, Sauk-Rapids-Rice Director of Teaching and Learning shared detailed data and information about students in Central Minnesota.  This information can be found here

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