Here at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, we are developing the School Climate Walkthrough tool. The School Climate Walkthrough is an innovative, web-based measure of school climate that provides an instant reading of students’ perceptions of their school’s safety, teaching quality, environment, and relationships alongside actionable next steps.

U.S. middle and high schools are welcome to use our pilot, web-based app to create a holistic snapshot of the student body’s experiences at school.

Who is eligible?

We are recruiting schools serving students in grades 6-12.

What do we actually have to do?

A minimum of 30% of students in selected grades are recommended.

The survey happens on one day – in the morning, students will create accounts to begin the first survey, which is about 15 minutes in length. In the afternoon, they will log back into their accounts to take the second part of this survey, which is also about 15 minutes in length.

The survey is built so that students must physically be in school at least part-time. If your school is completely remote and you’re interested in the Walkthrough, contact jennifer.seibyl@yale.edu for alternate options.

Is our school’s information private?

Yes. All student data are anonymous. Data will only be shared with members of the research team. 

How do I get started?

If you’re ready to get started, the first step is to email Jennifer.seibyl@yale.edu.

What do schools receive?

Schools will receive a personalized report of their school’s climate through the web-based app. Schools will also be able to set up a virtual debriefing session with the Yale research team.

Can other schools from my district participate, too?

Absolutely. We welcome other schools from your district or network.

What forms are there?

There are a few forms to fill out. The first step is for schools to complete a School Agreement Form and return to jessica.hoffmann@yale.edu.

There are two options for obtaining parent/guardian permission. The first is to tell families about the surveys and allow them to opt out. If school/district policy requires it, parents/guardians may need to provide permission via opting in. We will provide a parent/guardian information sheet and either the opt out or opt in form to the school. 

I have questions. Can I meet with the research team?

Of course! We’d be happy to talk with you. Please feel free to schedule a meeting with Jenny on her booking page