Elizabeth Loehr (Professional Services Lead) taught for five years at the Kelly School in Chelsea, MA, a diverse, urban public school. Since leaving the classroom, she’s helped to support hundreds of schools in collecting data about about students’ social-emotional learning (SEL). She shares with us why SEL mattered so much to her as a classroom teacher — and why she’s excited about Panorama’s new social emotional learning survey.
This spring, New Bedford Public Schools in Massachusetts achieved an exciting benchmark: the district tripled its community survey response rate compared to last year. I worked with New Bedford Public Schools to structure and administer its survey program this year. Since many schools and districts I work with are interested in strategies that have proven successful in boosting participation rates among staff, students, and, especially, families, I want to share a few of the approaches that worked well in New Bedford.