Explore Open Circle Resources in Playbook

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.

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What Does Grit Mean to Fourth Graders?

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.”

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Mindset Man Shares Growth Mindset Message

Superhero Mindset Man Sparks Enthusiasm for Growth Mindset by Michael Wilson was originally published on Getting Smart. Assistant Principal Wilson, from West Woods Upper Elementary School in Farmington, CT, shares the story of Mindset Man, a character who inspires students to learn from mistakes and to keep working even when learning feels hard. Watch the video about growth mindset at Farmington Public Schools to hear students talk about what it means for their learning environment for students, teachers, and administrators to embrace growth mindset.

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Behind the Scenes: Student Voice Posters

Near the end of last school year we wanted to send a gift to school and district administrators as a token of appreciation for their partnership and their work supporting students. I’m a designer at Panorama and was excited to work on this end-of-year surprise for clients. To up the ante from previous years, I suggested that we create a poster from our dataset that captures feedback from 500,000+ (now well over 1 million!) students about their teachers and school using the Panorama Student Survey.

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Improving SEL with Measurement Twitter Chat

Panorama hosted an EdWeek webinar on “Improving SEL with Measurement,” showcasing social-emotional learning at Fresno Unified School District, Woodridge School District 68, and Dallas Independent School District. Fresno USD Superintendent Michael Hanson, Woodridge 68 Assistant Superintendent Greg Wolcott, and Director of Operations Planning and Implementation Tricia Baumer at Dallas ISD shared learnings and strategies from their districts. Educators joined the conversation by live-tweeting the event with the hashtag #SELWebinar. Webinar participants shared photos, graphs, and, most importantly, their perspectives on improving social-emotional learning. Follow along with the live chat log via Storify!
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Sharing SEL Priorities With Your Team

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.

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