By making the time to build the relationships that allow learners to feel a sense of community- that they are “in this together”- teachers create a safer, more equitable environment where all students participate and achieve.
Explicit SEL instruction refers to consistent opportunities for students to cultivate, practice, and reflect on social and emotional competencies in ways that are developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive.
Expand adult learning through structures such as professional learning communities and mentoring opportunities.
Engage all members of the school community in foundational learning opportunities to help them understand their role in schoolwide SEL.
When teachers build the structures that support belonging and emotional safety, they lay the groundwork for students to focus on learning (Sergiovanni, 1994 in Darling-Hammond et al., 2017).
Assess needs and resources to develop an SEL implementation plan with clear goals, action steps, and assigned ownership.
SEL is a powerful lever for creating caring, just, inclusive, and healthy communities that support all individuals in reaching their fullest potential.
Schoolwide norms help operationalize how all staff and students will contribute to a school culture that achieves their shared vision.
There are a variety of data sources that can be used to continuously improve how SEL is implemented for students.
Social and emotional learning is essential to every child’s education.