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Stop Bias: Use a Panorama survey for Back to School connections

Now, we all realize that we come to school with our personal bias baggage. What can we do?
We can get to know the students we have in our classes. Panorama has graciously created a survey freely available to all teachers based on the research by Hunter Gelbach and Carly Robinson.

The study, Creating Birds of a Feather: The Potential of Similarity to Connect Teachers and Students," was published this week by the American Enterprise Institute. In it, Gehlbach, an associate education professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Robinson, a doctoral student at Harvard University, explore possible solutions to the teacher-student diversity gap. Their intervention was simply to show teachers things they had in common with each student.
The surprising results reflected black and Latino students' course grades improved significantly, closing the usual racial gap in grades by about 65 percent.

I routinely create a similar survey for my students. The difference is the additional steps that Gelbach and Robinson suggest and Panorama provide. I quickly signed up and shared the join code with my students via Google Classroom. I am enamored by the results provided and in particular by the reflection requested. So, not only do I receive five things I have in common with my students, I am asked to reflect on which of those five will help me build a better relationship with each student.
Simply lovely. Thank you to Gelbach, Robinson, and Panorama

What to create a survey for your students? It is well worth your time!

Suzanne Rogers


District Director of Professional development, AP English Teacher, ELA Coach and cradle United Methodist.

Thank you to the Teacher Practice Network, Arkansas Public School Resource Center, A Project of the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, with funding by the Gates Foundation. #TPNlead


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