Windsor Unified School District’s ENVoY Research

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“82% of all communication is non-verbal communication*.” —National Teacher’s Association

As applied research demonstrates, the systematic use of non-verbal messages is the single most important skill any professional utilizes. By employing the full range of the non-verbal skills taught in ENVoY, we can manage with influence as opposed to power in any setting.

Windsor Unified School District’s ENVoY (Educational Non-verbal Yardsticks) Program has proven to be very effective. The following data was collected from both WUSD teachers and administrators. Data was studied by Dr. Emily Garfield of Stanford University and Grace Marie Curtin, ENVoY Coach/Trainer.

Student Data
Academic Performance Index (API)* for Windsor Middle School, Windsor, California, 95492
Copyright 1/2005 Grace Curtin-Fiano

2004 – 2005 School Year

API increase of 19 points and a redesignation from a “7” to an “8”. (10 = performance top 10%)5 staff members no formal training

2003 – 2004 School Year

API 31-point increase 5 staff with no formal ENVoY training

2002 – 2003 School Year

WMS staff consistent – 92% report utilizing ENVoY techniques during 95% of the instructional day*API increase of 37 points

2001 – 2002 School Year

92% of all WMS teaching staff ENVoY Graduates92% WMS staff report utilizing ENVoY techniques during 95% of the instructional day*API increase of 39 points

K-12 Windsor Teachers who utilize ENVoY Techniques report:

92% increase in overall classroom control92% increase in ease of transition between activities92% increase in the ability to gain and maintain student attention82% increase in the overall learning environment67% increase in overall academic performance 45% increase amount of curricula that is covered an average of 2-3 weeks of additional material covered 67% increase in teacher energy level54% decrease in disciplinary referrals

K-12 Administrators report that staff members utilizing ENVoY Techniques:

70% make more effective use of instructional time80% have interactions with students from a position of influence rather than power70% share and teach their peers ENVoY techniques70% make less discipline referrals80% communicate more effectively during challenging parent conferences50% include ENVoY as part of their formal evaluation process

As an administrator of a K-12 setting……

100% have suggested ENVoY techniques for staff to consider; 100% report utilizing ENVoY techniques when conferring with a parent or in a difficult meeting; Windsor High School admin. and faculty report a 75% increase in academic preparation of incoming freshman compared to 3 years ago when few WMS staff members had ENVoY training; 100% embrace ENVoY as an effective staff development model

Facts:
*Currently, WUSD has 120 ENVoY Graduates.

Our graduates include:

1 school board member;
1 Program Director for Circuit Riders Counseling/Prevention Program;
2 administrators, bilingual teachers and bilingual instructional assistants at Cali Calemeic Spanish Immersion Charter School; school counselors for 2-3rd, 6-8th and 9-12th graders;
general and special education teachers K-12;
campus supervisors;
1 school bus driver;
librarians
The Data:

• Academic Performance Index (API)** of WMS indicated an increase of 39 points.

The single common variable –
• 92% of all teaching staff are ENVoY Graduates.

•The same 92% report utilizing ENVoY techniques during 95% of their instructional day.

Techniques report:

• 92% increase in overall classroom control.

• 92% increase in ease of transition between activities.

• 92% increase in the ability to gain and maintain student attention.

• 45% increase amount of curricula that is covered – an average of 2-3 weeks of additional material covered.

• 82% increase in the overall learning environment.

• 27% increase in effectiveness during parent conferences.

• 74% increase in establishing and maintaining rapport with students.

• 67% increase in overall academic performance.

• 67% increase in teacher energy level.

• 54% decrease in disciplinary referrals K-12. Administrators report that of staff members utilizing ENVoY.

Techniques:

• 70% make more effective use of instructional time.

• 80% have interactions with students from a position of influence rather than power.

• 70% share and teach their peers ENVoY techniques.

• 70% make fewer discipline referrals.

• 80% communicate more effectively during challenging parent conferences.

• 50% include ENVoY as part of their formal evaluation process.

As an administrator of a K-12 setting.

• 100% have suggested ENVoY techniques for staff to consider.

• 100% report utilizing ENVoY techniques when conferring with a parent or in a difficult meeting with high school administrators.

•faculty report a 75% increase in academic preparation of incoming students 3 years ago.

• 100% embrace ENVoY as an effective staff development model.

*Several studies have noted the figures that indicate 90-95% of all communication is non-verbal.

**A.P.I. increase was determined by the state of California from the results from the STAR Test, a yearly standardized assessment of K-12 Teachers who utilize ENVoY.


Compiled by Grace Marie Curtin, gcurtin@wusd.org, (707) 837 7737 ex. 133.
Please contact her for further details.

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