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MDI School District and Community Reports are online!

We are excited to announce that MDI School District and Community Reports for 2015/2016 are now available online. Please visit the MDI School District & Community Reports page to view reports from those BC school districts that have participated in this year’s project as well as in the past.

In addition, we have updated A Guide to Understanding Your MDI Results. This MDI companion resource was developed to support the interpretation and application of MDI results for schools and communities. The Guide provides an opportunity for users to explore the dimensions of the MDI – their importance in child development and how they are measured with the MDI - in an in-depth way. We encourage you to refer to the guide it as you explore your reports. Slide decks outlining key highlights from district/community results in an easy-to-present format will be available by the end of May.

The MDI team would like to extend its warmest appreciation to the students, teachers, and administrators who made this project possible. Thank you for your participation.


Video: MDI Reports 2015: Insights and Information Webinar

MDI Reports 2015: Insights and Information. This webinar took place on june 3rd, 2015.

This year’s reports include an expanded set of results which include comparisons to the average of all participating school districts. These are exciting new changes that will offer increased value and new insights. Another new addition this year is "A Guide to Understanding your MDI Results", which includes definitions of terms used, a detailed explanation of scoring and a list of academic literature related to child well-being. Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, the MDI’s developer and HELP’s Interim Director, and Jennifer Fox, HELP’s Community Engagement Coordinator, walk through these updates and offer valuable insight into how you can move to action with your MDI results. To view reports for individual communities, please visit the MDI Maps & Data page.


Latest MDI Reports are now available!

HELP is excited to announce that the latest Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) reports are now available. To date, over 33,000 grade 4 and grade 7 students in BC have completed the MDI, providing invaluable insight into the thoughts, feelings and experiences of children both inside and outside of school.

This year’s reports include an expanded set of results which include comparisons to the average of all participating school districts. These are exciting new changes that will offer increased value and new insights. Another new addition this year is A Guide to Understanding your MDI Results, which includes definitions of terms used, a detailed explanation of scoring and a list of academic literature related to child well-being.

To view the reports, please visit the MDI Maps & Data page. Please don't hesitate to contact Jennifer Fox if you have any questions about the MDI or your reports. As well, we would love to hear from you. What do you like about the new reports? What don't you like? What can we improve? Your feedback is always welcome.


Register today! MDI Reports 2015: Insights and Information webinar - June 3

HELP is excited to announce that the latest Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) reports are now available. To date, over 33,000 grade 4 and grade 7 students in BC have completed the MDI, providing invaluable insight into the thoughts, feelings and experiences of children both inside and outside of school.

This year’s reports include an expanded set of results which include comparisons to the average of all participating school districts. These are exciting new changes that will offer increased value and new insights. Another new addition this year is A Guide to Understanding your MDI Results, which includes definitions of terms used, a detailed explanation of scoring and a list of academic literature related to child well-being.

A webinar has been scheduled for June 3 (3:30-4:15) to discuss the improvements made to this year’s reports and to offer some time and space for a question and answer period.  Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, the MDI’s developer and HELP’s Interim Director, and Jennifer Fox, HELP’s Community Engagement Coordinator, will walk you through the changes and offer valuable insight into how you can move to action with your MDI results.  This webinar is an excellent opportunity ...

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Video: Children's Well-Being in their Middle Years Webinar

Thank you to all who participated in the Children's Well-Being in their Middle Years: New Research Highlights webinar, which took place on April 23rd, 2015.

The fourth and final web event in the HELP and Success by 6 Winter Webinar Series, this webinar focused on the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI).  Joseph Dunn, Provincial Director, Success by 6 BC, and Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Interim Director at HELP and Principal Investigator of the Middle Years Development Instrument, provided insight about the social and emotional lives of children both inside and outside of school as well as information about how to use the data to move to action.


MDI Tools for Action Workshop

When: Monday November 5, 1-4pm
Where: United Way Boardroom, 4543 Canada Way  Burnaby, BC

The MDI is a survey that children fill out in Grade 4 that measures five broad aspects of their development: social and emotional development, connectedness, school experiences, physical health and well-being and constructive use of after school time. The survey also gathers information about assets within the home, school, and community needed for positive childhood development.

This workshop will bring together school and community professionals to work with a suite of resources that support the use of MDI data to inform program and policy changes at the local, regional and provincial level. It will move participants through the process of understanding the importance of the middle years, developing competency in interpreting MDI results, and learning how to use these data in moving to action.

Note: this is the same workshop that was presented at the HELP Fall Research Expo on Oct. 24, 2012.

To register, please visit the MDI Tools for Action registration page. 

 


2012 MDI maps now online

MDI maps and Community Summaries for 2011-12 are now online. Communities featured this year include Kootenay Lake, Revelstoke, Chilliwack, New Westminster, Sunshine Coast, Boundary, and Fraser-Cascade. Please visit the MDI Maps and Data page to view them.

To learn more about the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI), please visit the MDI webpages. Please contact Kimberly Thomson, MDI Project Coordinator, if you have any further questions.

 


Congratulations Kim Schonert-Reichl and Vote for YWCA Connecting the Community Award

MDI Principal Investigator Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl has been nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction award. In addition to this honour, Kim is able to win a $10,000 donation from Scotiabank for the YWCA through the Connecting the Community Award. This award is to be allocated toward the program area of each Women of Distinction nominee’s choice. There are five program areas in total and Kim is campaigning for Healthy Choices for Youth.

From Thursday, April 19 to Tuesday, May 22, the public can cast their votes for their favourite program area of choice. Voters can vote once every 24 hours per computer. The voting site will close on Tuesday, May 22 at noon. To vote, please visit the Connecting the Community Award voting site.

The program area with the most votes receives the Connecting the Community Award and Scotiabank will donate $10,000 to the YWCA to support that program area.

The Women of Distinction Awards, including the announcement of the winner of the Connecting the Community Award, are on Thursday, May 24, 2012. More information about the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards as well as the Connecting the Community Award is available on the YWCA Women ...

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