Lackland ISD and Randolph Field ISD Partner with Panorama Education to Support Social-Emotional Learning for Military-Connected Students

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Funded by a grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity, the districts use Panorama to measure and grow students’ social-emotional learning

Panorama Education, a leading provider of student social-emotional learning (SEL) and stakeholder feedback surveys and analytics, today announced its partnership with two San Antonio-area school districts, Lackland Independent School District and Randolph Field Independent School District, to measure and cultivate social-emotional learning for military-connected students.

 

Randolph Field ISD and Lackland ISD offer programs to provide students opportunities for positive social-emotional growth and to build successful learning communities. Lackland ISD has partnered with the Military Child Education Coalition to provide a Military Student Transition Consultant (MSTC) to support military-connected students during their transition to and from the district and to create post-secondary plans. Meanwhile, Randolph Field ISD has implemented several programs, including The Leader in Me, Capturing Kids’ Hearts, Second Step, and yoga for stress reduction.

 

The districts’ partnerships with Panorama Education will help both districts measure the effectiveness of their approaches to social-emotional learning. The districts are using Panorama’s social-emotional learning survey, which was developed in partnership with researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is available free and open-source on Panorama's website. The surveys ask students to reflect on their social-emotional learning skills and supports. School officials and teachers will use Panorama’s dashboards, heatmaps, analytics, and student-level reports to chart the growth of students’ social-emotional learning in areas such as Growth Mindset, Grit, Self-Management, Emotion Regulation, and Sense of Belonging.

 

“Our students are very special,” said Susan Bendele, the Assistant Superintendent of Randolph Field ISD. “They serve our nation by virtue of the sacrifices they endure daily as children of members of the armed forces. Resiliency is a must as far as these students are concerned, so helping them find strategies to help build that characteristic is key. Our students grow up with wonderful examples of leadership all around them. Our district’s social-emotional learning programs give students chances to practice and grow their positive character traits on a regular basis. We are relying heavily on our custom-built social-emotional learning survey with Panorama Education to tell if our SEL initiatives are working and how they can be improved.”

“Lackland ISD has partnered with Panorama to conduct surveys of our students so that we can determine where best to allocate resources, target professional development, and mitigate transitional challenges for our students,” said Jason “JJ” Johnson, the Project Director at Lackland ISD. “Our teachers consistently excel at supporting highly mobile students. Using social-emotional learning programs and data from Panorama across the district adds to the engaging and enriching educational experience our teachers create with our students.”

Lackland ISD and Randolph Field ISD were among 48 military-connected public school districts to receive a five-year grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) in the 2016 fiscal year. These grants were awarded based on proposals for programs that provide academic and social-emotional learning support for military-connected students.

“The Panorama team is truly proud to support the students and educators of Randolph Field ISD and Lackland ISD,” said Aaron Feuer, CEO of Panorama Education. “Through multi-year partnerships with these districts, we hope to help their students develop social-emotional skills they need to excel in school and life. We look forward to sharing what these districts learn about supporting and growing the social-emotional learning of military-connected students with other districts across the country.”

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