Author Archives: Liz Breese, PH.D.

teacher student relationships

How Students Perceive Their Relationships with Teachers

The social connections between teachers and students are critical for success inside and outside of the classroom. Over the last year and a half, we’ve collected hundreds of thousands of student survey responses to questions about students’ relationships with their teachers. In this post, we present our first set of findings on teacher-student relationships. This analysis points to patterns in how students’ perceptions of their relationships with their teachers change across grade level, and how some exceptionally strong teachers manage to create and maintain strong bonds with their students.

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Roundtable on Social-Emotional Learning

School and district leaders are interested in building students’ social-emotional learning in ways that work best for their communities. Recently, Panorama hosted a roundtable discussion with Mindy Weidman, Chief Accountability Officer at BRICK Academy in Newark, New Jersey, and Rob Stein, Chief Academic Officer and incoming Superintendent at the Roaring Fork School District in Colorado. Rob and Mindy discussed how their schools have developed programs to focus on building students’ social-emotional skills. They also shared their thoughts on the future of social-emotional learning, and why they feel it matters so much in their communities.

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Celebrate Hardworking Students to Cultivate Grit

In the classroom, celebrating hard work and making progress toward long-term goals doesn’t need to take away from instructional time. Read a teacher’s perspective on infusing the classroom and the school with a focus on grit and pointing out students who work hard to create a positive learning environment. 

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Measuring Social-Emotional Learning

In Panorama’s work with schools and districts to collect, analyze, and use feedback from students, staff, and families, we have heard tremendous interest in measuring social-emotional learning (SEL). Every day, we hear about schools using SEL curriculum and crafting exciting school-wide initiatives and programs to develop students’ grit, sense of safety, self-efficacy, and growth mindset. The next step is to measure social-emotional learning to assess what’s working to help students increase their confidence, engagement, and excitement about learning. Here are three critical factors for success in measuring SEL.

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Case Study: Engaging Teachers to Build Trust

While students enjoyed summer vacation in Millbury, Massachusetts, district administrators Gregory Myers and Jennifer Bellville reflected on engaging teachers and evaluators around collecting feedback from students last year. Greg and Jenn discuss with Panorama how they worked with the teachers on the district’s Educator Evaluation Committee to make key decisions and to champion the survey project across the district.

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Introducing the Panorama Teacher Survey

As the school year comes to a close, school and district administrators are interested in gathering feedback from their teachers. Today, we are announcing the release of Panorama’s latest survey, the Panorama Teacher Survey, to support the important process of collecting feedback and engaging teachers. To make sure as many schools as possible can gather feedback from teachers at the end of the school year, using Panorama to customize and administer the Panorama Teacher Survey and receive survey reports is entirely free this spring.

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