Cost Estimator

This cost estimator is based on the budgets of three school districts, ranging in size, that have implemented and staffed for districtwide SEL in different ways. Use this tool to estimate your district’s costs for SEL implementation if you were to use a similar budget model as Austin Independent School District (larger budget), Washoe County School District (mid-sized budget), or Wheaton-Warrenville School District (smaller budget).

Instructions

Fill in the seven values in this table.  It is okay to provide estimates, as the resulting calculations are intended to provide you rough numbers to develop your implementation strategy and estimate the per student costs.

As you fill in the table, three charts below will automatically populate.  You will see a summary of the implementation strategy and staffing assumptions for each of the three districts

Download the Cost Calculator Discussion Guide to help you or your committee use this information to develop your implementation strategy and staffing plan.








Austin Independent School District Model

Social and Emotional Learning Expansion and Capacity Building

Austin Independent School District phased in SEL over five years through high schools and their feeder schools.

  • Each year 1/5th of schools each send a leadership team to a two day training, are provided multiple onsite professional development sessions by a district SEL Specialist, and receive evidence based program materials and training.
  • Structures to develop and support high implementation at each school include monthly on-site visits and meetings with the SEL Specialist.
  • A focus on engagement outside the district with parents, community, community-based organizations.
  • The SEL budget supports the Research and Evaluation Department to monitor and evaluate fidelity of implementation, as well as proximal and distal outcomes.

Staffing Assumptions:

  • 1.0 full time equivalent (FTE) SEL director
  • 1.0 FTE administrative assistant
  • 1.0 SEL/curriculum specialist
  • 1.0 FTE parent education specialist starting in year 4
  • .28 FTE Researcher in years 2 & 3 rising to 1.0 FTE starting in year 4

Click here to read more about Austin Independent School District’s budget and plan during their initial years of districtwide SEL implementation.

Cost Model Year One Year Two Year Three Year Four Year Five Year Six
Leadership Personnel            
Specialists            
Other costs (with per student factor)            
Projected Annual Cost            
Projected Number of Students Served            
Projected Per Student Cost            
Austin Students Served 14,234 35,665 49,931 64,197 85,596 85,596
Austin Per Student Cost $49 $30 $29 $31 $22 $18
             
             

Washoe County School District Model

Social and Emotional Learning Expansion and Capacity Building

Washoe County School District utilized the first two years of their implementation to widely educate teachers, pilot strategies with a dozen schools, build consensus building, and develop an intensive three-day training for SEL Leadership Teams from all schools, which took place in years three and four. Each leadership team then leads site-level professional development based on modules provided by the district. Once implementing, each school receives additional professional development, coaching, and consulting by District SEL Specialists.

  • This structured SEL implementation focuses on integration with and support of instruction and student learning of Common Core State Standards.
  • With training and district coaching and support, principal and school site SEL leadership teams provide professional development to school staff and drive local SEL implementation.
  • The District supports a high school freshman seminar course focused on teaching the five CASEL competencies, through professional development and curriculum resources.

Staffing Assumptions:

  • .45 full time equivalent (FTE) SEL coordinator
  • .3 FTE administrative assistant
  • Washoe employed 1.15 FTE SEL specialists in year 1, and 2.45 FTE in years 2 & 3, with a gradual increase to 3.9 projected in year 6. Student enrollment is used in calculating SEL specialists. A minimum of 1 FTE SEL specialist is assumed.

Click here to read more about Washoe County School District’s budget and plan during their initial years of districtwide SEL implementation.

Cost Model Year One Year Two Year Three Year Four Year Five Year Six
Leadership Personnel            
Specialists            
Other costs (with per student factor)            
Projected Annual Cost            
Projected Number of Students Served            
Projected Per Student Cost            
Washoe County Students Served 8,042 18,094 36,858 62,324 62,324 62,324
Washoe County Per Student Cost $27 $41 $19 $11 $9 $11
             
             

Wheaton-Warrenville School District Model

Social and Emotional Learning Expansion and Capacity Building

Wheaton-Warrenville School District 200 in Illinois has used a low cost strategy to implement SEL districtwide. The initiative is led by the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, with support from an SEL Design Team, and other district leaders. Key to this strategy is providing SEL training and support to principals, who guide a consistent SEL approach at their schools.

  • The implementation uses existing structures, strategies, and resources to build adult SEL expertise, provide professional development, and guide, monitor, assess, and refine SEL integration.
  • There is an emphasis on keeping costs low and efficiency high through using existing personnel, policies, and structures. The low cost reduces the risk of budget cuts or political changes that might affect the sustainability of SEL.Building and supporting internal SEL leadership, includes empowering a broad-based SEL Design Team, and developing the school principals’ skills and positioning them as site SEL leaders.

Staffing Assumptions:

  • .2 full time equivalent (FTE) of Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

Click here to read more about Wheaton-Warrenville School District’s budget and plan during their initial years of districtwide SEL implementation.

Cost Model Year One Year Two Year Three Year Four Year Five Year Six
Leadership Personnel            
Specialists            
Other costs (with per student factor)            
Projected Annual Cost            
Projected Number of Students Served            
Projected Per Student Cost            
Wheaton Warrenville Students Served 13,500 13,500 13,500 13,500 13,500 13,500
Wheaton Warrenville Per Student Cost $3 $3 $3 $4 $6 $3
             
             


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