Social-Emotional Learning

Using SEL Data to Provide Small Group Supports

Using Social Emotional Learning Data to Guide Small Group Supports

Social emotional learning data can be a powerful tool within a tiered system of supports. Once you’ve gathered data on students’ social-emotional skills and competencies—from social awareness to growth mindset—there are several ways to take action on the results to support students.

One common method is to provide small group supports with SEL data. In the same way that your team may use academic data from a formative assessment to drive small group instruction for students in need, social emotional learning data can guide small group learning experiences around a specific topic, skill, or competency.

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Using SEL Data to Support Individual Students

A 4-Step Protocol for Using Social Emotional Learning Data to Support Individual Students

Collecting and analyzing social emotional learning data at the classroom, school, and district levels is a standard practice for understanding how a student body as a whole is doing socially and emotionally. Many schools and districts use aggregate-level SEL data to inform school- and district-wide supports.

In a tiered system of supports, however, looking at SEL data at the individual student level is just as important. Student-level SEL data can help you fill in the gaps and understand the full story of why a student is struggling so you can implement smarter Tier 2 and 3 interventions beyond the universal supports already in place.

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How to Measure Social Emotional Learning

How School Districts Measure Social Emotional Learning to Support the Whole Student

There’s no question that social emotional learning (SEL) is essential to students’ success in school and life.

Extensive research has shown that students who participate in SEL programs demonstrate 11% gains in academics, improved classroom behavior, better stress management, and higher attendance. As the body of research on social-emotional learning grows, district and school leaders are focusing on infusing SEL into the classroom through different programs and activities.

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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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