Student Engagement

Buena Regional High School Deploys Student Engagement Platform

Buena Regional High School in New Jersey has implemented a student engagement platform designed to teach students about issues related to social and emotional well-being.

The school district has adopted the Suite360 engagement platform from Evolution Labs and is preparing to roll out a suite of courses on topics such as bullying, substance abuse and general health and wellness. Students will access the program by downloading a mobile app or accessing a mobile-optimized website. The district will require students to complete two courses through the platform during each marking period, and the district will offer courses as electives throughout the year.

Topics covered through the platform include:

  • Recognizing violent relationships;
  • Bystander intervention;
  • Stress management;
  • Substance abuse;
  • Healthy eating;
  • Academic honesty;  
  • College preparation; and
  • Additional topics introduced throughout the school year.

In January 2016, the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) partnered with Evolution Labs to make the company's Suite360 engagement platform available to its member districts, and the NJASA is providing those districts with guidance implementing the platform and tailoring it to individual districts' needs.

The Suite360 platform includes short readings, engaging videos, interactive self-tests and social media content, according to a news release. Students complete a pre- and post-assessment for each topic to help determine how well they've learned the material.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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