The core tool used in this guide is the Schoolwide SEL Implementation Rubric. The rubric provides an overview of a systemic approach to schoolwide SEL, and teams can review it to get a sense of what SEL looks like when it is coordinated across classrooms, the school, homes, and the community.
Strategies for Establishing School-OST-Family Partnerships in Support of SEL
Schoolwide norms help operationalize how all staff and students will contribute to a school culture that achieves their shared vision.
Social and emotional competencies serve as a foundation for achieving academic goals, while academic instruction also provides a ripe opportunity for teaching and practicing SEL.
Mentoring programs can help teachers improve their professional relationships while enhancing their SEL and instructional practice.
Expand adult learning through structures such as professional learning communities and mentoring opportunities.
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.
Foster supportive classroom environments that engage in explicit SEL and integrate SEL throughout instruction.
Students have a unique perspective on how high-level decisions impact the day-to-day life of the school, and their voices are critical to quality schoolwide SEL implementation. By listening to students, schools can make informed decisions about the changes that will best support all learners.
A safe and supportive school climate is an important factor for improving academic, behavioral, and mental health outcomes for students (Thapa, 2013).