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Setting a Positive Tone When Sharing Panorama Reports

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This page includes language and materials that will help you frame your Panorama Reports with a positive tone. Use these resources to support honest reflection and informed action with your staff.

Why a Positive Tone Matters

Looking at feedback data in particular can be an emotional experience. We’ve found that teachers feel most empowered and inspired by Panorama reports when leaders help set a positive tone from the start.

Before sharing results with your staff, validate concerns by tackling the following questions head-on:

  • Why is this data important?
  • What does this data represent?
  • How will this data be used?

Take Action

Download and adapt this slide deck which addresses the following:

  • Introduction and Purpose Setting
    • The images, language, and tone you open with can position your audience as active participants or passive listeners. Invite them to be agents rather than subjects of this work.
  • Why is this data important?
    • Your Panorama reports help illustrate a more complete picture of your school or district’s learning culture. If you’ve collected survey data, for example, you are now listening for and actually measuring the voices of your students, parents, and/or staff.
  • What does this data represent?
    • When reviewing Panorama reports, you’re looking at numbers but those numbers represent student, staff, or family voice. Take time to frame data points as just that--verbal statements from respondents.
    • Let’s take the following data point as an example:
      • 30% of students responded favorably to the question “When you’re not in school, how often do you talk about ideas from your classes?” Reframed as student voice, this might read: “What we learn in school stays in school.”
  • How will this data be used?
    • Access to more data means opportunities to better serve students and include stakeholders. It can also present new challenges. Take a few minutes to invite thoughts from your staff. Synthesize and reference these thoughts in your language as you move this work forward so folks know they’ve been heard.  

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