Lakes Community High

How Lakes Community High School Uses Panorama to Provide Proactive Student Support

This is a guest blog post by Eric Born, a school psychologist at Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa, Illinois. Eric received his degree as a specialist in school psychology from Western Illinois University.

As a school psychologist, I’m always looking for better ways to proactively support students. We serve over 1,400 students at Lakes Community High School (Lake Villa, Illinois), driven by a district-wide mission to “ignite passion and discovery in every student.”

While our team has made great progress since LCHS opened in 2004, over the past two years we’ve embarked on an especially exciting journey to rethink student success. Our efforts have centered on an important question:

How can we use data to recognize and support the needs of the whole student?

Here’s how we revamped the way we support students to provide LCHS educators and staff with rich, actionable information on every student.

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5 Strategies to Build Buy-in for a Social Emotional Learning Assessment

So, your school or district is bought into the concept of social emotional learning (SEL). You’ve established a vision for SEL, shared SEL priorities across the team, and implemented (or started to implement) an SEL program to support students in developing these critical life skills.

As a next step, your team might be planning to gather baseline data on students’ SEL skills through a social emotional learning assessment. Social emotional learning assessments are an easy and scalable way to learn how supported students feel in school and how empowered teachers feel to implement SEL in the classroom.

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Explore Transforming Education Toolkits on Panorama’s Playbook

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.

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What If Students Have More Confidence in Growth Mindset Than Their Teachers?

Today, schools and districts are making social-emotional development a priority, and with good reason. Research shows that educators play a profound role in promoting students’ social-emotional skills and beliefs.

But what if students have greater confidence that they can improve than their teachers? That’s one of the surprises we found in our recent survey of more than 2,400 teachers and 36,000 students.

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Social Emotional Learning Survey

How to Maximize the Response Rate for Your Social Emotional Learning Survey

A social emotional learning survey can be a powerful way to learn how students perceive their SEL skills and where they might need additional supports.

Whether assessing middle school students or high school students—or both—your school or district team is probably thinking about how to make the most out of your survey administration to collect valid, reliable data on students’ social emotional skills.

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Panorama Selected in CASEL’s Social-Emotional Assessment Design Challenge

Today the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading organization promoting social-emotional learning for children in preschool through high school, selected Panorama Education as a winner in its annual Social-Emotional Learning Assessment Design Challenge.

Launched this year, the award aims to “stimulate the development and adoption of social-emotional assessments that support effective instruction and positive student development.” A panel of judges from school districts, education nonprofits, and research institutions—including those from Stanford University, the CORE Districts, Washoe County School District, Oakland Unified School District, and the University of Michigan—selected the winning social-emotional learning assessment designs.

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