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Social Emotional Learning in APS

Social-emotional learning (SEL) describes the mindsets, skills, attitudes, and feelings that help students succeed in school, career, and life.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in APS is aligned to the and the ? SEL in APS:

  • Seeks to empower students with the skills, knowledge, and understandings to make positive choices about their social-emotional engagement;
  • Models, teaches, and reinforces prosocial skills that align to college, career, and life readiness frameworks; and
  • Provides students with opportunities to learn how to engage with people who may be different than themselves in constructive and collaborative ways.
  • SEL modeling, instruction, and reinforcement is the responsibility of everyone in the 鶹 Public Schools community.

Schools may use specific curricular resources or programs to accomplish this through morning meetings, advisory lessons, or community circles.

SEL Survey

The SEL survey is conducted multiple times per school year for students in grades 3-12. The survey provides insight on topics such as Growth Mindset, Self-Efficacy, Self-Management and Social Awareness.

(Individual student results are available in ParentVue)

The Social Emotional Learning Survey is conducted by the independent research organization Panorama Education.

  • SEL survey data is only accessible to teachers, administrators, and staff with a legitimate educational interest.
  • Results are maintained in secure files and databases accessible only to these individuals.
  • Parents and guardians receive an individualized report through ParentVUE regarding their students screener results following each assessment window.
  • SEL survey data is used to focus the APS SEL curriculum on specific areas of need, identify students who might benefit from additional support in developing specific skills, and monitor school and district progress.

Opt-Out Information

If you do NOT wish for your child to participate in the SEL survey, please submit the opt-out form in the online Back-to-School packet in ParentVue.

Survey Topics & Sample Surveys

The SEL Survey will cover the four topics below to inform schools areas of focus in their SEL curriculum:

  • Self-Efficacy: Ones beliefs and attitudes about ones capabilities to achieve academic success, learn instructional content, and fulfill academic tasks
  • Growth Mindset: Understanding that abilities and intelligence can be developed; confidence in ones ability to adapt and persevere through challenges.
  • Social Awareness: The ability to empathize with and show gratitude for others, including those with different and diverse perspectives, abilities, backgrounds, and cultures.
  • Self-Management: Strategies for managing and expressing ones own emotions to persevere in challenging situations; skills related to achieving personal and academic goals.

Please review the sample surveys and full surveys in multiple languages below:

    • Families may select English,?Arabic, Spanish, Amharic or Mongolian in the top left-hand corner
    • Families may select English,?Arabic, Spanish, Amharic or Mongolian in the top left-hand corner

SEL Survey: Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this a mental health screener? Are there questions included in the survey that ask about the mental health of my student?
    No. This is not a mental health screener. Panorama survey content is not designed for nor should be used to identify students who require mental health or trauma treatment. The purpose of the Panorama survey is to help educators understand students general social-emotional skills and competencies to inform curricular and programming decisions.
  • What is Panorama Education?
    Panorama Education partners with K-12 schools and districts across the country to collect and analyze data about social-emotional learning, school climate, family engagement and more. With research-backed surveys and a leading technology platform, Panorama helps educators act on data and improve student outcomes. Panorama supports more than 10 million students in 17,000 schools and 1,500 districts across 49 states. To learn more about Panorama Education, visit or .
  • How was the survey developed?
    The Panorama Student Survey was developed under the leadership of Dr. Hunter Gehlbach, Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Director of Research at Panorama Education. The research team followed a rigorous survey development process that involved multiple rounds of piloting and refinement, following cognitive interviews with students, an extensive review of survey literature, and feedback from experts around the country.
  • What does the survey measure?
    The SEL survey is designed to capture students awareness of their social-emotional competencies. Survey questions fall under competency areas such as self-efficacy, self-management, social awareness and growth mindset.? These skill areas are essential to success both in and outside of school.