Why Share SEL Data with Students
First, it is important to remember that Panorama shares student-level SEL survey data with educators because we believe that the SEL topic areas we survey are skills that adults can support students in growing. Sharing this data with students is a great way to engage them in the process of identifying areas of strength and areas of growth, both in the context of school and their life outside of school. Additionally, acknowledging that SEL is an essential skill for "all young people and adults" supports educators in growing their SEL skills alongside their students,
Practically, following up on the surveys by sharing the data with students builds student investment in the SEL measuring process. First, it signals that their survey responses matter.
Want to learn more about SEL before talking to your students? Review Panorama's CASEL Alignment Guide to learn more about how the Collaborative for Social Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines SEL and how Panorama's topics line up with that definition. This can support you in talking about SEL, and it will also provide you with additional resources to start learning more.
How to Share SEL Data with Students
Now that we know why it's important to share SEL data, it's important to talk about how educators can start to share that data with students. Below you'll find resources to support you in speaking with students individually, as well as in a classroom or small group. We hope that you are able to use this guidance to create a plan that works for you and your students!
Print Student Reports from the Platform & Prepare to Share
Before you get started, you will want to make sure you have the necessary information to share a students' survey results with them. Review this page on Printing Your Student Reports to learn how to print reports individually or by course section. If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
As you navigate the platform to print out your reports, be sure you understand what the results mean. You can review this resource and video to understand how to interpret your reports, which will ensure you can answer any students' questions about what you share with them. This, along with the videos below, will help you prepare your framing for presenting the SEL results to students. You may also want to explore Panorama's Playbook, which contains strategies you can use with students.
Distance/Hybrid Learning Tip: Instead of printing your results, you can save them as a PDF and share them through Google Classroom or another LMS with students!
Discuss Individual Results in One-on-One Meetings
Overview: While students are engaged in an activity, pull students aside one by one to discuss their results. This allows you to have tailored conversations with each student.
Strategies and guiding questions:
- Start by framing the conversation. How does understanding this data help the student become a stronger learner? What was measured and why are these skills important in the classroom? Outside of the classroom?
- Ask the student about their initial reactions when they see their data. This is an opportunity to reinforce that the survey was not a test if the student suggests they failed or had a wrong answer.
- Highlight two areas of strength for the student. What are some concrete examples that you have observed that support this data that you can share with the student? Note: Be sure to contextualize the reports. The highest score is not always the student’s strongest area!
- Highlight two areas of growth for the student. What are some concrete examples that you have observed that support this data that you can share with the student? Note: Be sure to contextualize the reports. The lowest score is not always the student’s area that needs the most growth!
- Using this downloadable resource, identify and create an individual growth goal with the student. How will you support the student in working toward this goal? What strategies will you share that they can begin to use and learn from?
Provide Whole-Group Reflection For a Class
Overview: Bring the class together to distribute reports and facilitate a group conversation. This method allows for class-wide discussion about the importance of SEL, as well as self reflection on individual reports.
Strategies and guiding questions:
- Start by framing the conversation. How does understanding this data help students become stronger learners? What was measured and why are these skills important in the classroom? Why are these skills important outside of the classroom?
- Highlight an area of strength for the class as a whole. What are some real life examples that can be shared of people exemplifying this measure? Why should the class be proud that this is a strength of theirs? Be sure to address the fact that some students’ strengths are others’ weaknesses and vice versa. Ask how individual students might be able to support their classmates in growing specific areas? What can you as an educator do to continue to support everyone in growing and celebrating this strength?
- Highlight an area of improvement for the class as a whole. What are some real life examples that can be shared of people exemplifying this measure that we can learn from? What can you as an educator do to support the class in growing this skill? Why is it critical to improve on this specific skill? What do we risk if we don’t improve on this skill?
- Form small groups or pairs for students to collaborate on individual improvement plans. Using this downloadable resource, what can students do as individuals to grow in a specific area?
For both one-on-one meetings with students and whole group reflections as a class, we encourage you to use this Student SEL Growth Plan Worksheet to guide students in identifying strengths and areas for growth!