Student buy-in requires open communication. In this post, we'll show you 3 techniques that you can use to start a conversation with students. It might look like extra work, but you'll be amazed by the impact of student buy-in on meeting your school-wide goals.
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Students automatically have buy-in when they're part of the process. We treat our PBIS and LiveSchool as if it's a living program – just because we did something in September does not mean we're doing the same thing later in March. We make the students part of that arc.
A survey is a great way to get broad-based feedback and ideas from students. Here are some outside-the-box questions to inspire your survey:
Want to survey students digitally? Get our Student Survey Google Form and customize it (requires a google account)!
A focus group is a one-time meeting to provide your team with a boost of student input. A student focus group is fun, easy to organize, and will help you find the hidden opportunities to improve your school-wide culture system!
To get started, recruit a group of 4-6 students who you feel represent the diversity in your school. A trusted adult will lead the group through a series of open-ended questions and discussion. Take notes on the big take-aways, then present back to your PBIS or rewards committee.
If you're ready to run your first focus group, download our free Student Focus Group Agenda.
A student leadership team meets regularly to talk about issues and opportunities from the student perspective. When creating a student leadership team, you want to go beyond the "typical students" who sign up for every club. How can you reach out and pull in students with diverse perspectives?
Once your team is established, 1-3 designated adults meet with the group regularly. A monthly meeting can be a great frequency. Here's what you're looking to accomplish as a group:
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