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.

We are looking for U.S. middle and high schools who are interested in testing the web-based app, along with several other measures of school climate, 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 needed for the school to participate. We will work with you to gather any necessary parent/guardian permission forms and student assent.

You will administer surveys on two separate days. Each survey takes no more than 30 minutes. The chosen days need to be within two weeks of each other. In total, students will take about 60 minutes of surveys, or 30 minutes each day.

On the morning of the first day, 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.

On the second day, students will use a link to access the surveys for that day, which are taken all at once.

We know that schools have varying schedules. For this study, 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 and your school.

When is the window for participation?

We are recruiting schools now to participate beginning December 1, 2020 through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

Why should schools participate?

Schools who participate help us to advance scientific measurement of school climate with our innovative measure.

Additionally, schools will receive $1,000 and detailed data reports that can support students and adults in positively impacting their school’s climate.

How do I get started?

If you’re ready to get started, the first step is to sign the School Agreement Form and send it back to jessica.hoffmann@yale.edu.

What do schools receive? 

Schools will receive a $1,000 Visa gift card, a personalized report of their school’s climate, and a video conference debriefing session with members of the research team at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

Can other schools from my district participate, too?

Absolutely. We welcome other schools from your district or network. Each school would go through the same process to enroll, beginning with completing the School Agreement Form and returning it to jessica.hoffmann@yale.edu.

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 reach out to Jenny at jennifer.seibyl@yale.edu to schedule a session with our team.