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To increase student engagement, you need to capture your students attention through the three main parts of their high school community: academically, socially, and emotionally. Here's how to do it in 3 easy steps.
How to Increase Student Engagement at Your School in 3 Easy Steps
How to Increase
at Your School
But First: Why Should
You Care If Students
In 2009, the High School Survey of Student Engagement asked
students if they ever considered dropping out, and why.
Of those that did, two out of three respondents (66%) answered
that they are bored at least one day a week in class in high
school; nearly half of the students (49%) are bored every day
and approximately one out of every six students (17%) are
bored in every class.
This one’s easy: students love
to express their opinions. To
find out how they feel, just ask
(And make sure to act on their
How to roll out student engagement surveys and polls:
The Gallup Student Poll is an online
poll made up of 20 well-researched
questions designed to assess the hope,
engagement, and wellbeing of
American children. The poll takes
eight to ten minutes to complete, and
is entirely free to any public or private
school in the United States. The poll
will indicate how your students
respond to three key factors of student
success: hope, engagement, and well-
With the Naviance Survey Builder tool,
you can create an unlimited number of
custom surveys for your students,
parents, and even alumni. You can also
create surveys targeted to a specific class
year to vote on student council elections
or prom court nominations, for
example. Embed polls on your Family
Connection homepage, to make signing
into Naviance a part of your students’
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Build your school community
through social media. (Poll your
students to find out what they
like to use, then start a school
Get students to rally behind
common successes. Highlight
sports, academic, individual, and
team accomplishments on social
You can even embed a
Twitter feed on your Family
Connection home page!
Click Here to
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WHO AM I?
Engagement tip: To get students
thinking, get them thinking about
There are three types of self-assessments that can help
students prepare for their college and career pathways:
Personality type assessments
Learning style assessments
StrengthsExplorer assesses 10 talent themes for
individuals and identifies each student’s three
strongest emerging talents, such as Confidence,
Dependability, or Future Thinker. It provides
explanations of these themes, strategies for
capitalizing on each, and action items to help
students gain insight into their greatest talents
to leverage in the classroom and in life.
Personality Type Assessments
Career Interest Profiler Career Cluster Finder
Do What You Are reveals information about a student’s,
personality type, recommends career paths and college
majors, and gives tips for conducting the most effective
The Career Key is an online career assessment for middle
and high school students based on Holland’s interest
The Career Interest Profiler is an online career interest
assessment for career exploration. Students can view
matching careers and career clusters organized by the
amount of preparation each needs.
The Career Cluster Finder helps students discover which
career clusters may be a good match based on activities
that interest him or her.
The Learning Style Inventory online
assessment diagnoses students’ unique
learning styles based on an analysis of
their personal preferences in 16 different
areas. Those areas include the student’s
immediate environment, emotionality,
sociological needs, and physical needs.
Learning Style Assessments
MI Advantage uses the Multiple
Intelligence theory to reveal students’
individual intelligence strengths and
challenges, such as bodily-kinesthetic,
musical, or interpersonal intelligences.
At the end of each assessment, a personally tailored report identifies
each student’s unique learning style and provides guidance on how to
maximize learning potential.