4 Components of District Implementation of Social and Emotional Learning

April 20, 2017   |   By Ray Huang

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As interest grows in the benefits of social and emotional learning (SEL) for students and staff, a growing number of districts are adopting systemic strategies that embed SEL into every aspect of school life.

In a recent BloomBoard webinar, Kori Sanchez Smith, SEL Coordinator at Atlanta Public Schools, spoke about the four components of implementing SEL across the district:

  1. Explicit Instruction
  2. Integrating with Curriculum
  3. Integration with Instructional Pedagogy
  4. Beyond the Classroom

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By considering all four components of SEL implementation, leaders are able to:

  • Identify goals for each area
  • Design support for implementation
  • Identify systems for monitoring implementation
  • Determine assessment metrics

#1: Explicit Instruction

  • Explicitly teaches needed skills
  • Supports needs of highly transitional populations
  • Allows for consistency of approach and vocabulary across the school
  • Connects tiers of support and can enhance afterschool

#2: Integration with Curriculum

  • Highlights and enhances aspects of state standards that reflect CASEL's Five Core Competencies
  • Encourages SEL implementation throughout the day
  • Entry point for SEL standards 

#3 Integration with Instructional Pedagogy

  • Student-centered instruction
  • Student voice and advocacy
  • Academic rigor and relevance
  • Pairings, grouping, and circling up
  • Problem-based learning

#4 Beyond the Classroom

  • Schoolwide essential agreements
  • Systems, structures, and routines
  • Celebrations and acknowledgements
  • Relationship with parents and the community

Social-Emotional Learning: A Systematic Approach that Leads to Student Success

Atlanta Public Schools and CASEL discuss what it means to approach Social and Emotional Learning systemically — what is working, what is challenging, what results they are experiencing, and how this important work is paving the way for other districts.

In this on-demand webinar you’ll learn:

  • What SEL is, why it’s important, and how it impacts practice
  • Key areas of engagement that schools and districts should focus on
  • Tools and resources you can access to support SEL work in your districts

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