"I need to know if it’s working.” Woodridge School District 68 has decided to put social-emotional learning (SEL) at the core of the district's philosophy for developing students that thrive in high school, college, careers, and beyond.
The challenge that school and district administrators faced was understanding if their focus on SEL is making an impact. The district uses several SEL programs, and teachers incorporate SEL into the day with "mini-lessons," advisories, and reading groups. But without any data about students' growth in these areas, leaders didn't have a view of what's working and which students need more support.
Today, Woodridge School District 68 measures and promotes students' SEL through Panorama for Social-Emotional Learning. Teachers, counselors, and administrators all use the interactive reports and tools to:
- Measure student growth in areas beyond academics
- Understand the effectiveness of SEL programs and activities
- Match students with appropriate supports
- Create a culture that promotes positive relationships and mindsets