Professional Learning

Effective professional learning ensures that district staff understands SEL and how to support systemic implementation.

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See how districts have strategized and planned to implement professional learning

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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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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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SEL Implementation and Sustainability Process: Anchorage’s Secondary & Elementary Support Class

1 page summary of Anchorage's 3 hour course for school teams which included content on adult SEL, using the CASEL School Guide, and team planning time.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

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Districtwide Professional Learning Audit

This is an example of a third-party audit of a district's SEL professional learning offerings and practices, shared by Sacramento City, including recommendations for improving training-related data collection and capacity building.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

TAGS needs and resources assessment implementation plan professional learning

SEL Tiered Professional Development Programs

A multi-tiered list of SEL professional development offered to Nashville Public Schools including descriptions of each, duration, strengths, and implementation challenges to anticipate.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

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What is Social and Emotional Learning? (video)

From CASEL and school district leadership, this video conceptualizes social and emotional learning and describes what it looks, feels and sounds like in educational spaces.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS videos SEL overview building buy-in for SEL SEL leadership

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

TAGS SEL and Academic Integration mindfulness three signature practices teacher tool toolkit social awareness self awareness instructional practices building community SEL leadership

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

TAGS videos responsible decision making SEL competence communications

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

TAGS videos relationship skills SEL competence communications

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

TAGS videos social awareness SEL competence communications

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

TAGS videos self management SEL competence communications

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

TAGS videos self awareness SEL competence communications

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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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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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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Cross-District Visit Observation Tool (Sacramento)

This observation tool was used at CASEL's 2019 Cross District Learning Event in Sacramento. It highlights the intersections of SEL and equity goals in Sacramento City Unified School District.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Cross-District Visit Observation Tool (Chicago)

This observation tool was used at CASEL's 2018 Cross District Learning Event in Chicago. It highlights the 4 domains of Chicago's School Climate Standards.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS school visit/observation tool

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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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

TAGS implementation support PLC SEL coaching for staff teacher training professional learning

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

TAGS mindfulness teacher tool toolkit social awareness self management reading lists - staff SEL overview instructional practices classroom level professional learning

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

TAGS SEL and Academic Integration videos toolkit SEL competence teacher training instructional practices classroom level student discipline professional learning

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

TAGS videos culturally responsive teacher training SEL overview evidence-based programs instructional practices culture and climate professional learning

What does SEL look like in elementary, middle, and high school?

This curated list of articles and videos illustrate what SEL looks like in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Explore these links to deepen your knowledge and find grade-differentiated resources for professional learning and planning.

SOURCE: CASEL

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SEL Learning Walk Protocol – Anchorage

Anchorage's protocol for preparing and facilitating learning walks, well suited for districts that are organizing cross-campus visits to exemplary classrooms.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

TAGS model SEL schools school visit/observation tool conducting local SEL research classroom level culture and climate professional learning district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL

Professional Development Concise Feedback Form

Sample closing activity to debrief professional learning and gather feedback, following the "3-2-1" format.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Planning Professional Learning for Evidence-Based Programs

This tool from CASEL's Guide to Schoolwide SEL helps a team answer important questions, assign tasks, and set a timeline to provide initial training and ongoing support for any evidence-based SEL program.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Two Part Debriefing Strategy for Reflection and Application

Guidance for SEL presenters to have participants process their reaction to a learning experience and apply it to their work.

SOURCE: CASEL

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AIR’s Social and Emotional Learning Coaching Toolkit

A toolkit for instructional coaches, administrators, and district leaders to support teachers in integrating SEL into daily practices, through planning, observation and feedback.

SOURCE: AIR

TAGS implementation support toolkit SEL coaching for staff instructional practices professional learning

SEL Learning Walk Observation Tool – Anchorage

Anchorage's handout for observers to take notes after visiting a classroom during a Learning Walk.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

TAGS model SEL schools school visit/observation tool conducting local SEL research classroom level culture and climate professional learning district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL

Principal Facilitation Strategies Guide: Large Group SEL Activities for Staff

Collection of activities to energize, build community, and practice social and emotional skills during professional development.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS culture and climate building community professional learning SEL leadership

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Find presentation templates that you can adapt and use

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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

TAGS implementation support PLC toolkit implementation plan culture and climate professional learning SEL leadership

How to Facilitate Professional Learning That Results in Action Using SEL Principles (Session 1)

Professional learning session for facilitators of PD, to learn how to integrate SEL concepts into learning experiences in objective-driven ways. Part 1 of 2 sessions.

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

TAGS PLC teacher training instructional practices professional learning SEL leadership

The Foundations of Social Emotional Learning: Teacher Training (Part 1 of 3)

First in a series of brief introductory SEL presentations, including an overview of the 5 SEL competencies and the 3 signature SEL practices.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

TAGS three signature practices teacher training SEL overview professional learning district SEL expertise

Introduction to SEL for School Staff – Nashville

Nashville's presentation on integrating SEL into daily classroom practices begins by modeling a class meeting and includes many interactive, learner-centered activities, with presenter notes.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

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Elements of Coaching

This presentation, originally for the instructional coaching team in El Paso, primarily focuses on creating community among coaches, listening skills, and ways to respond during a coaching session.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS implementation support PLC SEL coaching for staff human and financial resource alignment

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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

TAGS implementation plan professional learning

SEL PD Facilitator’s Debriefing Cycle

Chart for a professional learning facilitator to plan debrief experiences for participants during a training.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

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SEL Professional Learning Conference – Nashville

Program packet from Nashville's annual SEL conference, including conference agenda, workshop descriptions, presenter bios, and sponsor information.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

TAGS trauma fundraising teacher training instructional practices professional learning district SEL expertise

Assistant Principal Training: Fostering a Growth Mindset among Teachers

Detailed facilitator guide for a full day PD aimed at assistant principals, focused on applying the growth mindset to teacher evaluation.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

TAGS teacher evaluation self management relationship skills SEL coaching for staff professional learning SEL leadership

Standards and Assessment Working Group Exit Ticket

Sample questions about ways schools are measuring SEL progress and areas of priority. Could be used as an exit ticket or anticipation guide for a larger event.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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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

TAGS staff onboarding SEL coaching for staff teacher training model SEL schools professional learning

Three Signature Practices to Integrate SEL in Classroom Instruction

Reading describing and providing examples of 3 signature practices that bring SEL experiences into any class period and build a foundation of safety, consistency, and in a classroom.

SOURCE: CASEL

12 Thoughts on SEL Facilitation

A short article with clear strategies for facilitating effective SEL professional learning, followed by a guide to lead an engaging activity around the article with a group of facilitators.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS mindfulness teacher training professional learning

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