Transforming Education (TransformEd) is a leading national organization that works with schools and systems to develop and assess students’ Mindsets, Essential Skills, and Habits (MESH). In order to help equip students with these social-emotional competencies (that research shows matters to success in college, career, and life), TransformEd created a set of toolkits for introducing MESH topics in schools. Panorama is proud announce that school leaders and teachers can now access TransformEd’s MESH toolkits on Playbook, Panorama’s professional learning community.
Each year, nearly 20,000 elementary and middle schools use the Second Step program to help students understand and manage their emotions and social relationships. With Second Step, students develop social-emotional skills through weekly lessons that involve stories, games, writing and drawing, and other interactive activities.
Now, teachers can explore classroom activities and strategies from Second Step on Playbook, Panorama’s professional learning community for teachers. The classroom activities written by Second Step available on Playbook align with Panorama’s measures of social-emotional learning, including social awareness, emotion regulation, self-efficacy, and grit.
For three decades, Open Circle has helped teachers, counselors, and principals in elementary schools develop students’ social and emotional skills and create school communities that are safe, welcoming, and engaging for everyone. Now, teachers can explore classroom strategies from Open Circle in Playbook, Panorama’s professional learning community for teachers. The Open Circle resources now available in Playbook align with Panorama’s measures of social-emotional learning, including grit, growth mindset, social awareness, and self-management.
At Carolina Voyager Charter School, a K-4 school in Charleston, South Carolina, grit was the theme of the month in October. Even after October, students at Carolina Voyager are still excited to talk about grit. We asked students what focusing on grit means for them, for their peers, and their school. One fourth-grade student shared, “To me, grit means never give up, never be distracted from your goals, and stay focused.”
What is social emotional learning (SEL) at your school? This year, school and district leaders are rallying teachers, staff, and students around specific facets of SEL that matter for their school communities, and principals and SEL coordinators are establishing common visions for SEL.
One effective way to get a campus or district team on the same page about social emotional learning priorities is to introduce the terminology and reasons why your community is focusing on SEL during a staff meeting or professional development session. But you don’t need to start your presentation from scratch.