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The Learning Bar Workshop: OurSCHOOL Survey

The Learning Bar Workshop: OurSCHOOL Survey

Overall learning goal

By the end of the day, participants attending the Learning Bar seminar on the OurSCHOOL (formerly Tell Them From Me - TTFM) survey will:

  • have an increased understanding and knowledge of the research behind the survey

  • connect OurSCHOOL to their strategic planning process

  • better understand the different dimensions of the OurSCHOOL survey

  • move from broad to deep analysis of OurSCHOOL results

  • have acquired new tools for engaging stakeholders and sharing results


Mandated by DEEN, the Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Project team coordinated the design of a one-day workshop for educators to become more familiar with the importance of perception data. The workshop was delivered by the Learning Bar team, and uses the OurSCHOOL survey to look at measures of student perception data in schools.  

During the one day workshop, through a mixture of presentations, discussions and activities, participants were invited to take a deeper look at their school’s own process of data collection and analysis in ensuring the best possible student outcomes. The presenters demonstrated the uses for the OurSCHOOL survey in collecting a variety of data to inform school improvement and continuously monitor teaching and learning progress.

Instructional design


Following introductions, The Learning Bar presenters share their vision - “giving all children the opportunity to thrive” and introduce their work and the OurSCHOOL survey in particular.

The presenters shared with the group the key conditions and milestones necessary for school success from pre-birth to secondary school. They share the 60+ indicators that account for various student outcomes such as academic and social emotional.

Warm up

The workshop goals are presented and participants are asked to start off by sharing two ways in which they have used the OurSCHOOL data.

Multiple Sources of Data for School Planning

Following a presentation from The Learning Bar team, there is a table discussion, where participants are asked to talk about:

  • What data do you collect or have available to you?

  • What data do you use?

The presenters talk to participants about multiple measures of data, making reference to Victoria L. Bernhardt’s Venn diagram. Collecting data on different aspects of school life allows the prediction of actions/ processes/ programs that best meet the learning needs of all students.

They demonstrate how The OurSCHOOL survey allows all the necessary information to be sought in order to best inform the school improvement process while continuously monitoring progress.

Put your data to work action plan

Before turning the focus on participants own use of data for school improvement, the presenters show a detailed example of one school’s use of the OurSCHOOL survey and the results.

Participants are asked to discuss, at their tables, how they will put their data to work, based on the example given. They consider their goals for their school and their students.

Planning for Success: Creating a Data Workflow Plan

Considering multiple models of continuous improvement using data, participants begin to create a workflow plan and set their own priorities for data collection.

Using a problem of practice framework, participants consider a number of questions:

  • What are your initial steps?

  • How will you involve stakeholders?

  • How will you use OurSCHOOL data in your planning processes?

  • How will you monitor impact?

  • How will you adjust your plan accordingly?

Data exploration: Find your students’ story

Participants are given a number of examples of the usefulness of the data that comes from The OurSCHOOL survey. The data shown is disaggregated to allow for a more detailed understanding of the problem being highlighted in the data.

Using the data as shown in the example, participants are in a strong position to make accurate informed decisions on how to created a better learning environment and better outcomes for students in their respective settings.


Participants are asked to share how they will communicate and share today’s presentation with their stakeholders and how they normally communicate with them.

The Learning Bar share their “Template for School Coordinators: Achieve positive and practical change in schools” with participants to allow them to put their learning into practice.


Participants complete feedback sheets for the workshop.

Click here to find compilation of feedback from this session.