October 2023 Secondary SEL Parent Letter and Panorama Survey

Dear East Penn Families,

We thank you and your family for being our valued partners as we work together to educate the children in our district. As you may already be aware, building our social-emotional learning (SEL) skills and our equity and inclusion framework continues to be an important goal for our school this year.

This fall, the majority of students will complete the questionnaire at school. Our VESPA students will have the opportunity to complete the survey at home. We hope this will allow us to gather more accurate data. These data points will provide a clearer picture of areas of strengths and needs which school leaders will use to guide change efforts.

During the month of October, we will be asking for your child to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning via three online surveys they will be completing at school. The surveys will go live on Monday, October 2, 2023 and should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete in total. The survey window will close on Friday, October 13, 2023.

The social-emotional learning survey content will ask students to self-reflect on survey topics including Emotion Regulation, Positive Feelings, School Climate, and Teacher-Student Relationships. The equity and inclusion survey content will ask students to self-reflect on survey topics including Cultural Awareness and Action, Diversity and Inclusion, and Sense of Belonging.

We are asking that all of our students participate in these surveys as their responses will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our district to their needs. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether.

Following this survey administration, building team members will review results to continue to plan for meaningful social emotional learning activities for the upcoming school year.

We are using the Panorama tool to support us in administering these surveys:

If you have any questions about the SEL or equity and inclusion survey, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s school. You may also notify us if you would like your child to opt out of taking one or both of these surveys by contacting your child’s school by Friday, September 22, 2023.

Click here to view Spanish version of the Secondary SEL Letter

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