Look for signs of high-quality implementation by observing for the indicators of schoolwide SEL.
Schoolwide SEL is evidenced by indicators of high-quality implementation in the classroom, school, family, and community.
When implemented systemically, schoolwide SEL integrates academic, social, and emotional learning across classrooms, school, homes and community. The School Guide identifies four focus areas for high-quality, systemic SEL implementation: Build foundational support and plan (Focus Areas 1A and 1B), Strengthen adult SEL competencies and capacity (Focus Area 2), Promote SEL for students (Focus Area 3), and Practice continuous improvement (Focus Area 4).
When these four focus areas are fully implemented, schools create an environment that infuses SEL into every aspect of students’ educational experiences and promote equitable outcomes for all students. While schoolwide SEL can take up to 3 to 5 years to be fully realized, schools can begin seeing evidence of high-quality implementation throughout the process.
These ten indicators of schoolwide SEL provide schools with evidence of high-quality implementation of the School Guide’s four focus areas. They are not a “checklist” or a “to-do” list, and attempting to address one or a few of these items in isolation without engaging in systemic implementation could lead to fragmented, siloed SEL.
Supportive discipline: Discipline policies and practices are instructive, restorative, developmentally appropriate, and equitably applied.
A continuum of integrated supports: SEL is seamlessly integrated into a continuum of academic and behavioral supports, which are available to ensure that all student needs are met.
Read more: about Focus Area 3>Integrate Student Supports with SEL
Systems for continuous improvement: Implementation and outcome data are collected and used to continuously improve all SEL-related systems, practices, and policies with a focus on equity.
Read more: Focus Area 4
When fully implemented, schoolwide SEL contributes to more successful and equitable outcomes for young people, and is evidenced by the following indicators.