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AIR

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alternatives to suspension

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Anchorage Public Schools

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Annie E. Casey Foundation

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anti-bias

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arts

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assessment

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Atlanta Public Schools

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Austin Independent School District

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board policies

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Boston Public Schools

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budgeting

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building buy-in for SEL

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Building Buy-in for SEL

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building community

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Building Community

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Bullying Prevention

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bullying prevention

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California CORE Districts

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California DOE

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CASEL

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CASEL and the Montgomery County ESC

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CCSS

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Chicago Public Schools

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classroom level

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Classroom Management

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Cleveland Metropolitan School District

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Collaborative Communications

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college and career readiness

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College and Career Readiness

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communications

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Community Partnerships

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community partnerships

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community relations

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Community Relations

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conducting local SEL research

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Conducting Local SEL Research

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continuous improvement

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Continuous Improvement

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contracting

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counselors

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cultural competence

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Culturally Responsive

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culture and climate

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Culture and Climate

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Dallas Independent School District

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data dashboards

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Data Dashboards

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define SEL metrics

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Define SEL Metrics

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Denver Public Schools

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district organizational charts

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District Organizational Charts

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district SEL expertise

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District SEL Expertise

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DuPage County School Districts

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Education First

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Edutopia

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El Paso Independent School District

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elementary school grades

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english language learners

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English Language Learners

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equity

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evidence-based programs

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family and community engagement

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Family and Community Engagement

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Family Partnerships

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Year Long Professional Learning Calendar for El Paso’s Schoolwide SEL Cohort

Spanning July 2017 to July 2018, this describes the areas of focus and the methods for professional learning for El Paso's 2nd cohort of schools focusing on schoolwide SEL. This cohort included 11 schools, and El Paso adds new cohorts each year.

SOURCE: El Paso Independent School District

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SEL 3 Signature Practices Playbook

CASEL's full guide to using the three Signature SEL practices, including a library of example activities and ideas and templates for adapting the playbook for your district.

SOURCE: CASEL

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3 Signature Practices – Developing Your Own Activities

Once you have explored the SEL 3 Signature Practices Playbook, this template will help you design new welcoming activities, engaging strategies, and optimistic closings for your learning setting.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Central Office Expertise

Micro SEL 3 Signature Practices – For Everyone, Every Day

One-pager handout describing how to apply the principles of the 3 signature practices in brief ways to create positive and productive relationships throughout the day with everyone you
encounter.

SOURCE: CASEL

SEL Professional Learning

Preparing Teachers to Support Social and Emotional Learning

This case study of a university-school partnership offers information on how preservice and in-service teacher training can support SEL implementation and integration with teaching practices. Includes a helpful infographic on classroom practices that promote SEL, and implications for teacher training, schools, and policymakers.

SOURCE: Learning Policy Institute

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Adult SEL and Cultural Competence

Staff Trust, Community and Efficacy

FA2.1 – Strengthen central office SEL expertise

SEL Standards

FA2.2 – Design and implement an effective SEL professional learning program for school staff

Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Self-Assessing Social and Emotional Instruction and Competencies: A Tool for Teachers

A tool for teachers to assess how they using SEL in their interactions and teaching practices, and a crosswalk between 10 teaching practices that promote SEL and the CLASS, Danielson, and Marzano teaching frameworks.

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FA2.3 – Strengthen staff social, emotional, and cultural competence

Family and Community Partnerships

CASEL Personal Assessment and Reflection Tool: SEL Competencies for School Leaders, Staff, and Adults

Professional learning activity where participants rate their SEL competencies through a series of statements and reflect on their challenges and strengths.

SOURCE: CASEL

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FA2.4 – Develop structures that promote trust, community, and collective efficacy among staff

Integration

Equity & Social and Emotional Learning: A Cultural Analysis

Brief outlining how CASEL's core SEL competencies reflect issues of equity, programs and practices that promote educational equity, and implications for SEL assessment.

SOURCE: Assessments Work Group

TAGS cultural competence anti-bias social awareness self awareness self management relationship skills responsible decision making equity culturally responsive building community

FA3.1 – Adopt and implement PreK-12 SEL standards or guidelines

Toward Transformative Social and Emotional Learning: Using an Equity Lens

This brief explores the need to conceptualize, implement, and assess SEL in a way that is sensitive to students' cultural assets and recognizes their inherent strengths, and describes promising school practices and implications for ethical assessment of SEL.

SOURCE: Assessments Work Group

TAGS Adult SEL anti-bias social awareness self awareness self management relationship skills responsible decision making SEL competence equity culturally responsive instructional practices building community

FA3.2 – Adopt and implement evidence-based programs and practices

The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions

Meta-analysis showing that compared to controls, participants in school-based SEL programs demonstrated improved skills and an 11 percentile point gain in achievement.

SOURCE: Research Journal

TAGS journal article reading lists - staff SEL competence evidence-based programs district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL

FA3.3 – Integrate SEL with academics

Strategies and Resources to Support Central Office Expertise

There are a range of approaches you may choose to take when designing professional learning to meet the needs of the various groups you identified as stakeholders. In this document you'll find a few approaches and resources.

SOURCE: CASEL

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FA3.4 – Develop and strengthen family partnerships

FA3.5 – Develop and strengthen SEL-related community partnerships

Applying an Equity Lens to Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

This issue brief describes 5 major barriers to equitable access to social emotional learning and positive life outcomes, and corresponding opportunities for districts to to dismantle those barriers by approaching SEL in ways that are grounded in equity and justice.

SOURCE: University/Nonprofit Research Institution

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FA3.6 – Align discipline policies and practices with SEL

FA3.7 – Integrate SEL with a continuum of student supports

Metro Nashville Public Schools: Integrating Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (video)

Part of Edutopia's larger feature on Nashville, this video provides an overview of the district's approach to supporting all schools to integrate SEL into school culture and instruction.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

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Why We Can’t Have Social and Emotional Learning without Equity

Blog post from Dr. Robert Jagers discussing the "equity elaborations" to current SEL frameworks and the aims of CASEL's Equity Work Group.

SOURCE: Magazine/Newsletter

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This Time, With Feeling: Integrating Social and Emotional Development and College and Career Readiness Standards

Primer on the interconnections of social and emotional development and ambitious academic goals in achieving college and career readiness. Includes examples of how SEL is relevant in ELA, Math, and Science and recommendations for action.

SOURCE: The Aspen Institute

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Relate 918 – Tulsa’s Partnership with The Opportunity Project

Relate 918 is a joint initiative of Tulsa Public Schools and The Opportunity Project to build life skills for students both during and after school. The Opportunity Project is Tulsa's expanded learning partner.

SOURCE: Tulsa Public Schools

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Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: 5 Strategies for System Leaders to Take Action

The Aspen Education & Society Program's recommended strategies for pursuing social, emotional, and academic development through a racial equity lens.

SOURCE: The Aspen Institute

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Webinar: Leveraging SEL to Promote Equity

Webinar highlighting district challenges and promising practices, featuring Dr. Rob Jagers' review of research on SEL's connection to equitable outcomes for diverse student populations.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Promoting SEL in the Middle and High School Years

This brief from Pennsylvania State University reviews the current landscape of universal school-based programs designed to promote social and emotional growth in middle and high school students through skill-focused programs, academic integration, teaching practices, and organizational reform.

SOURCE: University/Nonprofit Research Institution

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How a District Integrates SEL With Academics (Nashville)

Edutopia's collection of articles and video featuring how SEL has taken root over time in Nashville, with a focus on integrating SEL into daily classroom practices and supporting implementation.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

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Focus Area 2 – Strengthen Adult SEL Competencies and Capacity

This focus area of the CASEL District Resource Center helps school districts strengthen staff expertise and skills to lead social and emotional learning (SEL) initiatives, as well as cultivate adults’ social, emotional and cultural competencies.

Integrating with Academics

From CASEL's SEL Trends series, this issue features DuPage County, Nashville, and Sacramento school districts process and strategies for integrating SEL deeply within academic approaches, and includes sample resources from each district.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Strengthen Central Office Expertise

When central office leaders understand social and emotional learning (SEL) research and practices, they are able to promote and sustain systemic implementation.

A Case for School Connectedness

Short article from Educational Leadership describing the impact of strong school connectedness on academic achievement, behavior, absenteeism, and school completion, as well as and practices that enhance it.

SOURCE: Magazine/Newsletter

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Professional Learning

Effective professional learning ensures that district staff understand social and emotional learning (SEL) and how to support systemic implementation.

Teaching Restorative Practices with Classroom Circles

San Francisco's guide focused on the use of Circles as a proactive measure to build trust and community in a classroom. Includes sample activities and lesson plans for introducing students to restorative practices.

SOURCE: San Francisco Unified School District

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Strengthen Adult Social, Emotional and Cultural Competence

Successful districtwide social and emotional learning (SEL) implementation is more effective when districts also cultivate adults’ SEL and cultural competencies.

Cleveland Classroom Meetings resource page

Classroom Meetings in Cleveland are used daily for community building and classroom level problem-solving and decision-making. This resource page has activities, best practices, handouts, samples that show integration with academic content, and other tools to help plan a larger scale rollout of class meetings.

SOURCE: Cleveland Metropolitan School District

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Responsible Decision Making (video)

CASEL and the Montgomery County Educational Service Center collaborated on this video to describe the competency of responsible decision making. Children can make responsible decisions by developing the ability to analyze a situation, understand its ethical implications, and evaluate the consequences. Parents and educators can help students learn to think through all parts of a problem and encourage them to make decisions on their own.

SOURCE: CASEL and the Montgomery County ESC

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Relationship Skills (video)

CASEL and the Montgomery County Educational Service Center collaborated on this video to describe the competency of relationship skills. Communication, cooperation and the ability to successfully resolve conflicts are key to successful relationships. Educators can help students develop these skills by working together in groups and discussing roles. Parents can support their children by spending time with them and encouraging communication.

SOURCE: CASEL and the Montgomery County ESC

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Social Awareness (video)

CASEL and the Montgomery County Educational Service Center collaborated on this video to describe the competency of social awareness. Children can develop social awareness and learn empathy by putting themselves in another's shoes. Tips for parents include helping children to recognize emotions, appreciate diversity and show respect for others.

SOURCE: CASEL and the Montgomery County ESC

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Promote Staff Trust, Community, and Efficacy

When district staff feels a sense of community and shared purpose, they can engage more deeply in social and emotional learning (SEL).

Self Management (video)

CASEL and the Montgomery County Educational Service Center collaborated on this video to describe the competency of self management. Students can learn to manage their feelings and turn them into positive actions. Adults can help by creating a calm and regulated environment, showing how to manage impulses, and discussing ways to resolve conflicts.

SOURCE: CASEL and the Montgomery County ESC

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Self Awareness (video)

CASEL and the Montgomery County Educational Service Center collaborated on this video to describe the competency of self-awareness. Parents can help children develop self awareness by being honest about their own emotions. Educators can help by teaching the vocabulary of emotions, modeling behavior, and supporting students as they grow in self-awareness.

SOURCE: CASEL and the Montgomery County ESC

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A Restorative Approach to Discipline (video)

From Chicago Public Schools' Office of Social and Emotional Learning, this video illustrates how restorative disciplinary practices have transformed school climate and relationships in 3 schools.

SOURCE: Chicago Public Schools

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Focus Area 3 – Promote SEL for Students

This focus area of the CASEL District Resource Center helps districts ensure consistent opportunities for social and emotional learning (SEL), integrate SEL into key priorities, and develop deep family and community partnerships.

SEL Standards

Standards establish developmentally-appropriate and culturally-responsive benchmarks for social and emotional learning (SEL) and sends the message that SEL is a core part of students’ education.

Chicago Student Code of Conduct (video)

This short video helps students and their families understand Chicago's student code of conduct and highlights the district's SEL-infused approach to student discipline.

SOURCE: Chicago Public Schools

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Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Adopting an evidence-based program is one of the key strategies for providing consistent social and emotional learning (SEL) opportunities for all students.

The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning

A benefit-cost analysis of investments in SEL showing that high-quality, research-validated social and emotional learning programs bring a return of $11 for every $1 invested.

SOURCE: University/Nonprofit Research Institution

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Marcus Garvey Elementary: Exemplary Supportive School

Chicago Public Schools recognizes schools for systemic SEL implementation through a Supportive Schools Certification process. Marcus Garvey Elementary is one of the schools that has earned the highest certification level, and this video illustrates the ways SEL has been integrated into systems and practices.

SOURCE: Chicago Public Schools

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Family and Community Partnerships

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is reinforced and sustained when districts, families, and community partners align and work together.

Planning Engaging, SEL-Infused Professional Learning

CASEL has shared this planning template with breakout session presenters at CASEL-coordinated events to ensure that presentations are objective driven, evidence-based, action-oriented, and use techniques that activate social and emotional skills.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Integration

The systemic integration of social and emotional learning (SEL) into district priorities ensures that it will become a vital component of what makes the district, schools, and students successful.

Suspending Chicago’s Students – Differences in Discipline Practices across Schools

This report from the University of Chicago provides an example of how to analyze district discipline data to pinpoint factors that lead to inequity.

SOURCE: University/Nonprofit Research Institution

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Guiding Principles – A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline

These guiding principles from the U.S. Department of Education are organized around concepts of creating positive school climate, providing evidence-based supports, promoting social and emotional learning, providing training on positive engagement with students and equitable practices, and adopting an instructional approach to school discipline.

SOURCE: United States DOE

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Parenting for Competence and Parenting With Competence- Essential Connections Between Parenting and Social and Emotional Learning

In this 2018 study, Miller, Wanless & Weissberg examined how professionals in the field of SEL translate between their professional knowledge and their personal parenting practices and priorities for their children's development. Responses are analyzed and compared to the CASEL 5 competency framework.

SOURCE: Research Journal

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Indicators of Schoolwide SEL

When fully implemented, schoolwide SEL contributes to more successful and equitable outcomes for young people, and is evidenced by the following indicators.

SOURCE: CASEL

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2015 CASEL Program Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs–Middle and High School Edition

CASEL's framework for evaluating the quality of middle and high school evidence-based SEL programs, and list of SELect programs (2015).

SOURCE: CASEL

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2013 CASEL Program Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs – Preschool and Elementary School Edition

CASEL's framework for evaluating the quality of PreK - Elementary classroom-based SEL programs, and list of SELect programs (2013).

SOURCE: CASEL

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The Afterschool Guide to Social and Emotional Learning

This Ebook compiles more than 20 articles and studies describing SEL practice in the afterschool environment, partnerships with schools to strengthen SEL practice, and examples of afterschool programs that support SEL. Requires free registration to access.

SOURCE: National Afterschool Association

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SEL: Creating Safe & Supportive Learning Environments (video)

Creating a safe, supportive environment for social and emotional learning (SEL) has been, and remains, a high priority for CASEL. It is inherent in our focus on integrating SEL into all aspects of school and district practice through a systemic approach.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Oakland Unified School District SEL Video Library

Oakland Unified School District's extensive SEL video library includes sections of content for lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school, high school, adult learning and collaboration, and leadership.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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School-Based SEL Implementation Commitments

Washoe County School District clearly defined the commitments required for principals, SEL teams, and teachers to participate in district-supported professional learning and coaching for schoolwide SEL.

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

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Focus Area 2 – Strengthen Adult SEL Competencies and Capacity – Rubric

Monitoring and reflecting on your district’s progress in promoting district-wide social and emotional learning (SEL) is an important part of a quality implementation. Here are tools for Focus Area 2 – Strengthen Adult SEL Competencies and Capacity that can help.

SEL Discussion Series for Parents and Caregivers

8 facilitated discussions to support schools to engage families in conversations about the social and emotional growth of their families. Each session encourages participants to engage in their own growth while supporting their children to practice SEL. Also available in Spanish.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Focus Area 3 – Promote SEL for Students – Rubric

Monitoring and reflecting on your district’s progress in promoting district-wide social and emotional learning (SEL) is an important part of a quality implementation. Here are tools for Focus Area 3 – Promote SEL for Students that can help.

CASEL’s SEL for Parents (English)

Video describes SEL for a parent audience and provides strategies to bring SEL into the home, aligned with the 5 SEL competencies. Features schools in Chicago and includes interviews with parents and caregivers.

SOURCE: CASEL

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School Climate Survey for Families

Sacramento City Unified School District used this 2 page survey to gather family members' perspectives about school culture, equity, and the quality of interactions with school staff. It has been translated into 5 other languages at www.scusd.edu/post/2019-school-climate-survey-families.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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Sacramento City Core Competencies and Indicators for SEL

Sacramento City Unified School District's motto for SEL is "We Are. We Belong. We Can." Their standards include the 5 core competencies and add Growth Mindset as a sixth component.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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Creating Positive and Supportive Spaces for Adult Learning

Minneapolis' adapted this 1 page summary of how to incorporate 3 signature SEL practices into adult learning.

SOURCE: Minneapolis Public Schools

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Adult SEL Posters

Minneapolis Public Schools developed a set of posters describing how adults exercise social and emotional skills in 5 core areas.

SOURCE: Minneapolis Public Schools

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Calming Areas Overview and Ideas

A Calming Area is a quiet area of the room equipped with soothing materials and furnishings to help a
student de-escalate and / or practice self-management when upset. This short document includes guidelines and photos.

SOURCE: Dallas Independent School District

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Dallas PreK-Adult Social and Emotional Learning Standards

Dallas' SEL standards build from CASEL's 5 core competencies.

SOURCE: Dallas Independent School District

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Oakland’s Restorative Justice Implementation Guide

This guide/workbook is designed for a Restorative Practices Facilitator to support their school to create an implementation plan to introduce restorative practices in 11 well-defined stages.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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Building Trusting Relationships for School Improvement – Implications for Principals and Teachers

This booklet looks at the importance of trust in school improvement, particularly regarding relationships between teachers and between teachers and administrators. It includes case studies in middle and high schools, a review of relevant research, common obstacles to trust, and actionable strategies for strengthening trust.

SOURCE: Northwest REL

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The Role of Teachers’ Self and Collective Efficacy on their Job Satisfaction and Experienced Emotions in School

Results of this study show that collective efficacy impact teachers' job satisfaction and emotions, which in turn impacts the learning environment, student motivation and well-being, and students’ ability to cope with difficulty

SOURCE: Research Journal

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Connecting Teacher Efficacy Beliefs in Promoting Resilience to Support for Latino Students

Results of this study suggest that efficacy beliefs related to resilience are linked to building important relationships through connecting with students, building on their experiences and knowledge, and understanding the issues they confront.

SOURCE: Research Journal

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Managing with the Brain in Mind

David Rock's SCARF model describes five key factors of job satisfaction and productivity that are rooted in the quality of relationships and communication among adults

SOURCE: Research Journal

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How Do Principals Influence Student Achievement?

This research brief from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research shows that administrators who successfully move the needle on student achievement most often do so through the lever of school climate and staff collaboration.

SOURCE: University/Nonprofit Research Institution

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Guiding Questions for Educators: Promote Equity Using SEL

Educators can use social and emotional learning (SEL) to promote the cultural assets that all students bring to their classrooms—if SEL instruction and assessments are implemented with a culturally responsive lens, according to a recent summary of the Assessment Work Group's Special Issues brief on SEL and equity.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Oakland SEL Competencies Posters for Classrooms (Spanish)

This poster set illustrating the 5 SEL competencies were distributed by Oakland's team to all schools, along with suggested activities for introducing each poster/concept to a classroom community.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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Recommended Readings for Staff

Recommended Readings for staff development. Topics include Introducing the Importance of SEL, SEL and Equity, SEL and Academic Integration, Restorative Practices, Adult SEL, and Partnering with Families for SEL.
(Within each topic, readings are listed in order of length)

SOURCE: CASEL

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Central Office Expertise Development Plan

You can use or adapt this template as a starting point for planning how to develop central office expertise by audience.

SOURCE: CASEL

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SEL in Practice (video)

Oakland's video on how SEL is integrated with and enhances academic learning. A teacher describes her class' morning routine, students share, and the teacher models reflection for the class.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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Teacher Interview: Why debrief at the end of an SEL lesson? (video)

A teacher describes how she sets aside time for students to process and debrief a class activity in order so students recognize that they're developing social and emotional skills.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

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Giving Students a Voice in their Education (video)

This video from Education Week features Washoe County School District's practices to promote student voice and agency in shaping policies and decisions that impact education. Youth voice and leadership is a central part of the social and emotional learning approach in the district.

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

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SEL In Action In A Classroom (Video)

5th grade students and their teacher speak about what SEL means to them and how it plays out in their classroom through everyday practices and interactions.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

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Oakland Mills Scholars SEL Integration (Video)

A program collaboration between the district and a college that uses teacher collaborative inquiry to understand the intersection of SEL and academic learning.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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Teacher Interview: How do Families Respond to SEL? (video)

A 5th grade teacher from Anchorage speaks about how she introduces SEL to families, has students share their learning with their families, and hears feedback from families about how they see the impact of SEL at home.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

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Oakland’s SEL Standards and Student Report Card Introduction – Part 2 (Video)

Video from Oakland to help teachers complete the SEL part of the report card for each student. Focus is on assessing students equitably and in a strengths-based way. For the 2nd marking period, teachers completed the section on self-awareness and social awareness.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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Lifting Our Voices – Sacramento City (video)

Video featuring high school students telling their stories -- their stressors, ways they know their teachers care, and aspirations for the future. Ends with a challenge to viewers to cultivate spaces where students' stories can be heard.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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Oakland’s SEL Standards and Student Report Card Introduction – Part 1 (Video)

Video from Oakland to help teachers complete the SEL part of the report card for each student. Focus is on assessing students equitably and in a strengths-based way. For the 1st marking period, teachers completed the section on self-management and relationship skills.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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Teacher Interview: How Do SEL Skills Come Into Play for You as an Adult? (video)

Interview with a teacher in Anchorage reflecting on her own social and emotional development and how she models for her students.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

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3 Signature Practices for Adults

One-pager handout summarizing the 3 Signature SEL Practices and examples of each, adapted to turn the focus to the way adults interact with one another in the workplace, how they learn, and how to set up the learning environment to maximize engagement and growth.

SOURCE: CASEL

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3 Signature Practices in the Classroom

One-pager handout summarizing the 3 Signature SEL Practices, examples of each, and alignment with SEL competencies and school priorities.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Oakland’s 3 Signature Practices summary video

This short video describes the 3 Signature SEL practices and how they are relevant for adult learning and community building, during both professional learning and at staff meetings.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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Social and Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time Settings

Brief from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Wallace Foundation providing guidelines and considerations for adapting leading SEL programs to out-of-school settings.

SOURCE: Wallace Foundation

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Growth Mindset Workshop for Parents

Presentation slides, handout, and facilitator's guide to lead a parent workshop about the Growth Mindset, from Transforming Education. Also available in Spanish.

SOURCE: Transforming Education

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IDRA’s Family and Community Engagement Survey

This survey can be used to assess a school's effectiveness in partnering with families and communities around student achievement, access & equity, organizational support, and quality of interactions. Also available in Spanish.

SOURCE: University/Nonprofit Research Institution

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The Neuroscience of SEL (Video)

20 minute lecture by Richard Davidson on the neuroscience of emotions and emotional response, and how SEL trains and changes the brain. Best for educating SEL leaders or building buy in with audiences looking for a scientific basis for SEL.

SOURCE: Edutopia

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Norms of Collaboration

Washoe County's 7 norms of collaboration for group processes.

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

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Creating Shared Agreements

This tool from CASEL's Guide to Schoolwide SEL outlines a 6 step process for a school or district team to develop shared agreements about how they will work together to achieve a shared vision and nurture adult SEL.

SOURCE: CASEL

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How to Develop Working Agreements for Any Group

Oakland's step-by-step instructions for establishing working agreements for a group, and returning to them regularly to check in.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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How to Create a Professional Learning Community

Edutopia article on developing strong PLCs, includes quick tips on teaching participants how to collaborate, creating an atmosphere of trust, carving out enough time for meaningful work, and more.

SOURCE: Edutopia

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Transforming Education: Resources for Educators

A collection of tools and toolkits, research, and webinars on mindfulness, self efficacy, self-management, social awareness, and the growth mindset.

SOURCE: Transforming Education

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Tennessee’s Training Modules for Incorporating Social and Personal Competencies Into Classroom Instruction and Educator Effectiveness

The Tennessee DOE's training modules include powerpoint presentations, facilitator guides, and handouts on student-centered discipline, teacher language, cooperative learning, classroom discussions, and balanced instruction.

SOURCE: Tennessee DOE

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Washington’s SEL Online Education Modules

Washington's 5 online modules for educators (intro, embedding SEL schoolwide, adult professional culture, culturally responsive classroom integration, and selecting evidence-based programs). Free registration required.

SOURCE: Washington DOE

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Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into State and District Policies

Powerpoint and webinar covering how districts have incorporated SEL through curriculum and standards.

SOURCE: AIR

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Sacramento SEL Board Training

Sacramento's presentation to the Board, sharing evidence of effectiveness of SEL implementation at pilot sites.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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How to Create a Professional Learning Community

Edutopia article on developing strong PLCs, includes quick tips on teaching participants how to collaborate, creating an atmosphere of trust, carving out enough time for meaningful work, and more.

SOURCE: Edutopia

SEL Expertise Development Year 1 Plan

Austin created 3 professional development outlines for leaders needing different levels of learning about SEL, includes links to videos and presentations and discussion questions for each leader audience.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

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Year-Long Expertise Development and Implementation Planning for Schools and Central Office

El Paso's plan for developing SEL expertise among school and district leaders over the course of one academic year.

SOURCE: El Paso Independent School District

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TransformEd’s SEL Integration Approach for Classroom Educators (infographic)

Transforming Education's SEL integration framework infographic offers guidance on how to integrate SEL into everyday classroom culture, curriculum, and activities. By focusing on six key components of this approach, educators can support students in developing stronger social-emotional skills in meaningful, transferable, and equitable ways.

SOURCE: Transforming Education

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SEL Central Office Professional Learning Community Save The Date

Half sheet flyer for Sacramento's 4 session central office SEL professional learning community.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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SEL Central Office Professional Learning Community Agenda

An agenda from Sacramento's SEL professional learning community for central office staff to better align district departments to improve adult practices and student SEL outcomes.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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SEL Central Office Professional Learning Community Description

Sacramento's overview and invitation to other central office departments to participate in a district-level SEL professional learning community.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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SEL Administrator Academy: Implementing Social and Emotional Learning Systemwide to Improve Student Achievement

Presentation for district and school administrators to connect SEL standards with Common Core and workforce skills and how to implement/monitor district-wide SEL. Includes activities that model SEL and a full presenter script.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Overview of CASEL’s Guide to Schoolwide Social and Emotional Learning

This presentation can be used to introduce schools to the logic model, key activities, and resources available at schoolguide.casel.org.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Nashville’s SEL Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

1 pager showing specific programs, supports, and interventions that support students at all 3 levels of MTSS.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

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SEL and MTSS District Office Organizational Chart

Austin's organizational chart -- in this district, SEL and MTSS are housed in one department and includes support for health, counseling, dropout and truancy prevention, and disability.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

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How Programs and Resources Support the Five SEL Competencies

Chart that ties together Nashville's SEL related programs and services, describing how each contributes to development of the 5 core competencies.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

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Chicago’s SEL Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

A single powerpoint slide describing in general terms the type of SEL-infused work that makes up Tiers 1, 2, and 3.

SOURCE: Chicago Public Schools

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Boston Public Schools Essentials for Instructional Equity

Outlines 4 adult competencies for facilitating learning for diverse students, and includes an appendix of culturally and linguistically sustaining practices, a learning experience design template, and a parent guide.

SOURCE: Boston Public Schools

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Self-Assessment Checklist – Cultural Competence

This checklist provides examples of the kinds of values and practices that foster an environment that is aware and respectful of cultural diversity, from Georgetown University's National Center for Cultural Competence.

SOURCE: National Association of School Psychologists

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Cleveland’s SEL Standards and Scope and Sequence (PK-12)

Cleveland's scope and sequence provides early and late quarter SEL goals for each grade level PK-12.

SOURCE: Cleveland Metropolitan School District

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Teacher Stress and Health

This issue brief examines sources and effects of teacher stress and highlights programs, practices and policies to reduce stress and improve teacher well-being and performance.

SOURCE: University/Nonprofit Research Institution

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Social and Emotional Learning in Practice: Toolkit of Practical Strategies and Resources

Ideal for OST programs, includes tools for equipping staff to teach SEL, creating the learning environment, designing impactful learning experiences, and using data for improvement. Special attention is paid to culturally responsive design.

SOURCE: University/Nonprofit Research Institution

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The Case for SEL sample presentation

CASEL's presentation introducing SEL and its evidence base can be adapted for a range of audiences, including district leaders and potential community partners or funders.

SOURCE: CASEL

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School Climate Improvement: What do Teachers Believe, Need and Want?

A research report from the National School Climate Center shows 90% of educators believe that a positive school climate is very important, and educators wanted tools and "roadmaps" for improving school climate.

SOURCE: National School Climate Center

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Oakland Academic Social Emotional Learning Guidance Document

Oakland's guidance document for school leaders describes the district's mission, vision, and tools for measuring success and describes how SEL is part of instructional priorities and multi-tiered systems of support.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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Social and Emotional Learning in the Daily Life of Classrooms

Facilitator guide and materials for a 6 hour session aimed at state and district leaders, outlining ways to integrate an SEL emphasis into policy and planning, draw connections between SEL and instructional priorities, and support school leaders to guide teachers to reflect on their own teaching practices and SEL competencies.

SOURCE: AIR

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ADL’s Anti-Bias Resources for Educators, Parents, and Families

The Anti-Defamation League's toolkit includes anti-bias strategies for educators, book recommendations, lesson plans, bullying prevention advice, discussion guides and webinars.

SOURCE: External website

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Convening a Cross-Functional Advisory Council for SEL: Resources, Best Practices, and Suggestions

Key considerations for districts as they build a council consisting of members from different organizations and departments to align social and emotional learning between in-school and out-of-school time settings.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Washoe’s Four Fundamentals: Beginning of the Year Shared Visioning for Staff

Washoe County used this presentation to summarize the district vision (curriculum & instruction, inclusive practice, climate & engagement, and multi-tiered systems of support) and engage in a process of reflection and planning. Presenter notes included.

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

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Encouraging Social and Emotional Learning: Next Steps for States

This brief from the Learning Policy Institute provides recommendations for how state agencies can measure and promote SEL in their accountability and continuous improvement plans.

SOURCE: Learning Policy Institute

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Creating a Safe, Supportive Environment for Learning

CASEL's statement and compilation of resources for strengthening/maintaining a safe and supportive environment in the wake of trauma, violence, racism, and divisiveness.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Retreat to Improve District Support of SEL Practice – Agenda and Challenge Areas

Cleveland hosted a retreat with support from AIR, CASEL, PATHS, and their teachers' union to address challenge areas and improve how SEL is integrated into district priorities.

SOURCE: Cleveland Metropolitan School District

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Oakland’s Teacher Growth and Development System

Oakland's teacher evaluation and growth framework includes goals around equity, classroom community, growth mindset, culturally responsive teaching, student collaboration/communication/& choice.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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