Develop a coordinated approach for supporting students’ social and emotional learning across the school, classrooms, homes, and communities.
The core of SEL implementation is promoting students’ social and emotional learning throughout the school day and in partnership with families and communities. All of the work you’ve done to build foundational support (Focus Area 1A), plan (Focus Area 1B), and strengthen adult SEL (Focus Area 2) are in service of creating a school community that promotes students’ social, emotional, and academic learning.
This requires much more than a single program or teaching method. Because student learning is influenced by their interactions across many settings, promoting student SEL requires thoughtful coordination of strategies across:
This focus area will support your school in promoting students’ SEL across these contexts through the following sections:
SCHOOL: Align school climate, programs, and practices to promote SEL for students. This includes:
— Fostering a Supportive School Climate
— Adopting an Evidence-Based Program
— Elevating Student Voice
— Integrating SEL into a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)
— Ensuring Discipline Policies Promote SEL and Equitable Outcomes
CLASSROOM: Foster supportive classroom environments that provide opportunities for both explicit SEL skill instruction as well as integration of SEL throughout all instruction. This includes:
— Building a Supportive Classroom Environment: Community-Building, Creating a Sense of Belonging and Emotional Safety, Student-Centered Discipline
— Integration of SEL and Instruction: Fostering Academic Mindsets, Aligning SEL and Academic Objectives, Using Interactive Pedagogy
— Explicit SEL Instruction
FAMILY PARTNERSHIPS: Create meaningful partnership opportunities and two-way communication that invite families to understand, experience, inform, and support the social and emotional development of their students.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: Develop and leverage strategic and aligned community partnerships that ensure students receive consistent SEL supports, increase access to a broad range of community services, and expand the professional learning opportunities for SEL.
As you work through this focus area, you may want to take or update the rubric to track your progress and reflect on where to prioritize your efforts. If you haven’t already, you may also find it’s helpful to continue engaging in Focus Area 2: Strengthen Adult SEL to create a staff culture that supports SEL for both adults and students. Additionally, you can use Focus Area 4: Practice Continuous Improvement to help plan how you’ll collect and reflect on data to improve your efforts in promoting SEL for students.
To teach and model social and emotional competencies with academic instruction, educators must engage in deliberate planning, ongoing professional learning, and collaboration. Administrators play a…More
To teach and model social and emotional competencies with academic instruction, educators must engage in deliberate planning, ongoing professional learning, and collaboration. Administrators play a critical role in ensuring that educators have access to resources, support, and time, and regularly communicate to all staff that SEL is a priority.
Revisit Focus Area 2 for more ideas about strategies to support adult SEL.