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From Growth Mindset to Sense of Belonging

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Social-Emotional Learning: Essential to Students' Success in School and Life What Is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)? Social-emotional learning (SEL) captures the mindsets, skills, attitudes, and feelings that help students succeed in school and life. Other names for these skills include "non-cognitive skills," "soft skills," "21st century skills," and "whole child." Research shows that students who participate in SEL programs demonstrate 11% gains in academics, improved classroom behavior, better stress management, and higher attendance. Panorama Education | How Are Districts Addressing Social-Emotional Learning Today? 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. Some districts have even written visions for social-emotional learning into their strategic plans. For many schools and districts, however, measuring social-emotional learning remains a challenge. Without clear and actionable data on how students view their SEL skills, it's difficult to answer questions like "which social and emotional supports do our students need the most?" and "how effective is our SEL programming?" At Panorama Education, we've worked with over 400 school districts and 6 million students nationwide to develop a survey-based approach to SEL measurement. Here are the five keys we've found to assessing social-emotional learning: In this guide, learn how school districts are focusing on social- emotional learning skills to improve student outcomes. 1. Choose which topics to measure. Which SEL skills, mindsets, and behaviors matter most to your district? Panorama's research-backed, customizable survey instrument contains 22 SEL measures to choose from. 2. Gather baseline data with an SEL assessment. Whether done online or by paper, SEL surveys take students 10-15 minutes to complete in class. 3. Analyze the results. What are students' strengths and areas for growth? Panorama's reports display results at the school and district levels—as well as at the individual student level, if requested—with national benchmarks and subgroup analyses. 4. Take action to improve SEL. Design a plan for improvement based on the data. Then, begin implementing the plan across your school or district. 5. Evaluate and adjust. Did the interventions and supports work? Conduct another round of surveys to examine the effectiveness of your school or district's SEL efforts. How to Get Started Measuring and Improving Social-Emotional Learning Growth Mindset Social Awareness Self-Efficacy Sense of Belonging Teacher-Student Relationships 2

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