Kimberly Williams shares strategies teacher can use to get to know their students during back to school.

Teachers Share Tips on Getting to Know Students

With back to school season in full swing across the country, we wanted to share stories from two teachers filled with tips to get to know students better during the first few weeks of the school year. Kimberly Williams and Suzanne Rogers both used Panorama’s Get to Know You survey, a free research-backed tool, to build strong relationships with their students. They’re among the more than 3,000 teachers that have used the survey with 30,000 students!

The Get to Know You survey builds on research from Panorama’s Director of Research Dr. Hunter Gehlbach showing that positive teacher-student relationships are critical for students’ engagement, sense of belonging, and overall well-being at school.

Below, these teachers share how they’ve used the survey in the past, and how they’re planning to get more teachers and district administrators involved.

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Social-Emotional Learning Measures Report

Over 1,000 schools use Panorama Education to measure and improve their students’ social-emotional learning (SEL). Using data from the 2015-2016 school year, we’ve published a preliminary report on the reliability and validity of Panorama’s social-emotional learning measures. After outlining how the measures are designed, the report presents correlations between SEL measures and with other student data and shares new evidence of the reliability and validity of the measures.

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student voice

Make Student Voices Really Matter in Our Schools

Nearly every middle and high school gives students a voice on campus in some way, but many schools miss the opportunity to make student voices really matter. Student voice is an area that I’ve been passionate about for a long time. When I was a student at North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles Unified, I participated in several meaningful programs that gave students a real voice in solving problems and helped many students develop leadership capacity (and not just the usual suspects!). Here are four strategies to make student voices really matter in your school.

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student surveys for classroom change

Using Student Surveys to Make Real Classroom Changes

Bringing student voice and ideas into the classroom through surveys can lead to positive improvements for both students and teachers. Brandy Cooper, a 6th grade teacher at Milford Central Academy in Delaware, recently shared her experience using the Panorama Student Survey and highlighted the new strategies she’s implementing in her classroom to keep students focused and help them form better connections with the class material—all as a result of what she learned from her student feedback!

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Students Share How Student Voice Counts

Student voice is a powerful force, shaping school climate and helping schools improve. This spring, Panorama launched Student Voice Counts to celebrate the students, teachers, principals, district administrators, and other educators working to make student’s perspectives and experiences matter in classrooms and schools. Listen to a few of these students talk about the importance of student feedback and activism in their schools.

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4 Keys for Effective Community Surveys

Community feedback represents a key source of information for superintendents and school board members to guide decision-making. Collecting this critical feedback can take many forms: focus groups, town hall meetings, and surveys. In this post, we’ll detail how districts can use community surveys to capture high-quality feedback from community stakeholders with a handful of best practices.

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