Measuring Health Development of Children and Youth Series – “MDI” featuring Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, PhD
Featuring Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, PhD (Professor, Faculty of Education,and Director, Human Early Learning Partnership, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia), this webinar will provide background on the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) and its utility.
The MDI is a self-report questionnaire that asks children in middle childhood about their thoughts, feelings and experiences. The MDI is one of the first survey of its kind to gather information about the lives of children both in school, in the home and in the community, from their own perspective. The survey uses a strengths-based approach to assess five dimensions of child development that are strongly linked to social and emotional well-being, health, academic achievement, and overall success throughout the school years and in later life. Through this unique self-report questionnaire, children are able to reflect on and assess their social and emotional development, connectedness, physical health and wellbeing, school experiences, and use of after-school time.
The webinar will include information on the development of the MDI and provide examples of the ways that educators and communities have used MDI data to make positive change for children. Links to social and emotional learning (SEL) will be provided along with information of the resources provided on Discover MDI (http://www.discovermdi.ca/) will be delineated.