District and school leaders across the country are developing and implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) and using Panorama for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) to identify student needs and measure progress. Social-emotional learning is the process through which students develop the mindsets, skills, and attitudes that enable them to succeed in school and in life. Panorama for SEL helps districts measure students’ social-emotional development using student perception surveys and/or teacher perception of student surveys.
Panorama’s New Student Social-Emotional Learning Reports Give Students Tools to Chart Their Own Growth
Last year, Panorama introduced Panorama for Social-Emotional Learning, an online platform for social-emotional learning student surveys and data analytics. Since then, thousands of schools have used Panorama to measure and improve their students’ social-emotional learning at the school and district level. Now, Panorama is launching student social-emotional learning reports, providing easy-to-read, actionable information about individual students’ social-emotional learning. Students and their teachers and families are using student social-emotional learning reports to identify and communicate about students’ individual strengths and opportunities for social-emotional growth.
Social-emotional learning shows real staying power in our schools and classrooms, and social-emotional skills can be taught. One core social-emotional skill is social perspective taking, the capacity to make sense of others’ thoughts and feelings. These are the straightforward messages of Dr. Hunter Gehlbach’s article, “Learning to Walk in Another’s Shoes,” recently published in Phi Delta Kappan and profiled in the Marshall Memo. In the article, Professor Gehlbach (University of California, Santa Barbara and Director of Research at Panorama Education) outlines three actionable priorities for teaching students the social-emotional skill of social perspective taking.
In our work with schools and districts, Panorama supports educators in using social-emotional learning (SEL) surveys to better understand the strengths and needs of their students. Many districts use social-emotional learning data for district- and school-wide data inquiry and continuous improvement processes and to set targeted goals around social-emotional learning growth.
Increasingly, we’re finding that school leaders and teachers are interested in sharing this SEL data directly with students. Discussing SEL data with students promotes a deeper understanding of what is measured, what these SEL skills mean, and what students can do to improve. Drawing from our work with school districts nationwide, we’ve created a brief guide for sharing SEL data with students.
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.
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.”