Woodland School District Client Story

It is obvious that this is Wonderlic’s area of expertise.


The Woodland School District serves over 7,000 children in grades K-8 and is located in northern Lake County, Illinois, in the towns of Gurnee and Gages Lake. The District provides a wide range of services and programs to help children be successful in school, including advanced placement programs, English as a second language, special education, and summer programming.

Training Survey Highlights Needs of School Staff

The Woodland School District employs more than 800 people in teaching, administration, and support roles. Training programs are offered to employees based on their core areas; however, Kim Burke, Director of Human Resources, desired to develop the training program to better meet the needs of employees.

“We wanted to know if our people felt that they were getting training in areas they actually needed and wanted,” Burke says. “In order to know how to prioritize training for each category, you need to know what specific training needs employees are interested in to help them fulfill their job responsibilities.”

Burke used the Wonderlic Student Opinion Survey, which allows consultants to produce and manage survey data, help clients customize the questions to address their specific needs, and phrase them in a way that will deliver the most valuable results. “It is obvious that this is Wonderlic’s area of expertise,” Burke adds.

The report summarized overall responses for each category, and broke it down by job title so Burke could see which types of training employees were most interested in. “The final report from Wonderlic was easy to read and proved to be very meaningful,” she says.

Burke is now planning a full training program to address the highest needs based on survey results. Her final plan will be delivered to staff members in a variety of formats, including welcome packets and email newsletters. “We want people to know we are responding to their survey data and there’s more than one way to communicate that,” Burke says. “By using multiple formats, we make sure the information doesn’t fall through the cracks.”

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