In Grand Junction, Colorado, students will use SEL measures to reflect on their social-emotional development and skills. Local news channel KKCO covered plans at Mesa Valley School District 51 to measure more than academic achievement to better support students’ growth and needs. To learn more, KKCO visited the district to interview district administrators and parents about their motivations for asking students to reflect on their social-emotional learning.
The accessibility of Panorama’s surveys is an essential part of collecting accurate data for educators. I’m on the design team at Panorama, and recently we changed the typeface in our print and online surveys to improve readability. We switched to a new font called Castledown that’s designed especially for young readers and meant to be dyslexia-friendly. We are excited to share more about what makes a font more accessible to young readers, and about the design process at Panorama.
With back to school season in full swing across the country, we wanted to share stories from two teachers filled with tips to get to know students better during the first few weeks of the school year. Kimberly Williams and Suzanne Rogers both used Panorama’s Get to Know You survey, a free research-backed tool, to build strong relationships with their students. They’re among the more than 3,000 teachers that have used the survey with 30,000 students!
The Get to Know You survey builds on research from Panorama’s Director of Research Dr. Hunter Gehlbach showing that positive teacher-student relationships are critical for students’ engagement, sense of belonging, and overall well-being at school.
Below, these teachers share how they’ve used the survey in the past, and how they’re planning to get more teachers and district administrators involved.
Nearly every middle and high school gives students a voice on campus in some way, but many schools miss the opportunity to make student voices really matter. Student voice is an area that I’ve been passionate about for a long time. When I was a student at North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles Unified, I participated in several meaningful programs that gave students a real voice in solving problems and helped many students develop leadership capacity (and not just the usual suspects!). Here are four strategies to make student voices really matter in your school.