Wednesday, September 15th at 12pm ET / 9am PT

Starting a new school year can bring challenging transitions for any student. Whether they’re joining a new school building or district, adjusting to new schedules, or being back to in-person learning. And, as we welcome students and adults back-to-school for the 2021-22 year, the layered impact of COVID-19, racial inequities, and interrupted learning may result in additional transitions in school policies and students’ learning environments.

To aid in the potentially difficult transition for students and educators, it will be critical to center the first weeks of school on rebuilding relationships, fostering a sense of belonging, and cultivating safe and consistent rituals. In this school year, it’s important that we have an intentional focus on SEL and create systems of support to make transitions as smooth as possible.

Join us for an Expert Q&A with district leaders from Thomasville City Schools (NC) and Lake Washington School District (WA) to hear about:

  • Prioritizing student well-being and mental health throughout the school year
  • Using SEL as a pathway to academic success
  • Gathering data through Panorama’s research-backed surveys in order to provide targeted supports
  • Aligning resources and staffing to support students' needs for back-to-school
  • Specific strategies to strengthen belonging and relationships across students and staff

Expert Panelists: 




Jessica V. Dreher, Ed.D, Director of Student Services, Thomasville City Schools (NC)



Dr. Catherine Gentry


Dr. Catherine Gentry, Superintendent, Thomasville City Schools (NC)



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Johnny Phu, Director of Student Services, Lake Washington School District (WA)





Caitlin Reilly, Professional Learning Director, Panorama Education