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When Measuring School Climate, Context Is Key

As states finalize new school accountability plans under ESSA, measures of school climate have received increasing attention. Many states have included school climate as a “non-academic” indicator of school quality in their recently drafted plans. Meanwhile, groups of educators and students in states from California to Massachusetts have advocated for better approaches to measuring school climate.

While the benefits of a positive school climate have been known for decades–increases in students’ academic achievement, fewer disciplinary incidents, and even improved teacher retention–less is known about the implications of measuring and reporting on school climate in the years ahead.

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The Brains Behind Teacher-Student Relationships

Many of us have been lucky enough to develop close connections with one or more important teachers in our lives. Panorama’s director of research, Hunter Gehlbach, studies how important it is for both students and teachers to feel that they have something in common with each other in order to form strong bonds. Hunter spoke to NPR’s Shankar Vedantam on the podcast Hidden Brain about his research on why teacher-student relationships matter and the colleague who led him to these important findings.

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La Cañada Shares Survey Results

This is the fourth year that La Cañada Unified School District, Panorama’s first client, is doing 360 surveys to collect feedback from students, families, and staff. Outlook Newspaper, serving the communities La Cañada and Flintridge, recently published an article featuring this year’s survey results and Superintendent Wendy Sinnette’s reflections on how survey results have shaped district planning and goal-setting at LCUSD.

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Panorama Team Blogs for Education Week

The future of professional development. The role of student leadership on school campuses. Why “non-cognitive factors” need a new name. Equipping teachers with next steps based on data, rather than data on past actions. Panorama team members Aaron Feuer, Brian Rainville, Hunter Gehlbach, and Xan Tanner shared their perspectives on these topics in guests posts for “Straight Up” this week.

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