Author Archives: Aaron Feuer

Introducing Panorama Student Success

When we founded Panorama 5 years ago, we wanted to help schools use feedback from students, families, and teachers to build stronger schools. Today, Panorama serves over 5 million students in 7,000 schools in 40 states nationwide. These schools have relied on Panorama’s surveys and analytics as central tools for understanding student needs and progress across climate and culture, family engagement, and social-emotional learning.

Today we’re excited to introduce Panorama Student Success, a new platform that provides educators a complete picture of how every student is doing across academics, attendance, behavior, and social-emotional learning. With Panorama Student Success, educators can identify interventions and target supports to help every student thrive.

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Supporting Social Emotional Learning Growth with Student SEL Reports

Panorama’s New Student Social-Emotional Learning Reports Give Students Tools to Chart Their Own Growth

Last year, Panorama introduced Panorama for Social-Emotional Learning, an online platform for social-emotional learning (SEL) student surveys and data analytics. Since then, thousands of schools have used Panorama to measure and improve their students’ social-emotional learning at the school and district level. Now, Panorama is launching student social-emotional learning reports, providing easy-to-read, actionable information about individual students’ social emotional development. Students and their teachers and families are using student SEL reports to identify and communicate about students’ individual strengths and opportunities for growth.

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Make Student Voices Really Matter in Our Schools

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.

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Introducing Panorama for Social Emotional Learning

In recent years, we’ve been excited to see schools emphasizing social emotional learning (SEL) — the mindsets, skills, attitudes, and feelings that help students succeed in school, career, and life. From growth mindset to sense of belonging to self-management, SEL plays a critical role in student achievement. And, as I think most of you would agree, social-emotional skills are essential in their own right, as we work hard to develop students as individuals and as learners.

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Grandpa Mel and the Meaning of Education

This month, the Los Angeles Times profiled Mel Feuer, my grandfather and a lifelong educator, who at 92 still volunteers as a teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District. I wanted to offer my own thoughts and reflections on what Grandpa Mel taught me about the meaning of education. 

Some of my favorite (and most important) childhood moments happened during Community Circle, a special program at Castle Heights Elementary. Every week, “Mr. Mel” came in to lead a session about — I don’t know how else to describe it — being a good human being.

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If You’re Going to Survey Students About Teachers, Do it Right

A recent article in the New York Times asked readers to comment on whether students should be able to evaluate their teachers through surveys. At Panorama, we believe that schools must carefully consider how they ask survey questions for students to provide feedback on their teachers, including what questions are asked on surveys and how survey questions are worded and constructed. I would love for you to read an opinion piece that I’ve written, which originally appeared in EdSurge, below.

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