Shared Vision and Plan

A shared vision and plan helps build commitment and coordinate efforts of all district stakeholders.

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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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Mapping the Current State of SEL

As part of their preparation for building a comprehensive SEL framework, Minneapolis reviewed places where SEL was already present in the district through climate and engagement strategies, embedding SEL with instruction, direct SEL instruction, professional development, and assessment.

SOURCE: Minneapolis Public Schools

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SEL School Cohort Recruitment Presentation

Slides from a presentation at a principal meeting in Minneapolis, inviting schools to apply to be part of an initial cohort of schools to implement schoolwide SEL and co-create the district's comprehensive SEL strategic plan.

SOURCE: Minneapolis Public Schools

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Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Five-Year Implementation Plan

Timeline showing the roll out of SEL at Tier 1, 2, and 3 for all schools in Anchorage.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

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Executive Summary of Recommendations for School and District Level SEL Implementation

A research summary and Minneapolis-specific list of recommendations for strategic SEL implementation, based on research and a needs and resources assessment.

SOURCE: Minneapolis Public Schools

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Minneapolis Public Schools: Ready and Engaged in SEL

This presentation gives an overview of the Collaborating Districts Initiative, then summarizes the strengths and needs for Minneapolis Public Schools and the recommendations for action -- an easy-to-follow example of one district's initial steps toward districtwide SEL.

SOURCE: Minneapolis Public Schools

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Sacramento City Districtwide SEL Program Inventory

This is an example of a third-party report on SEL programs and practices throughout the district, shared by Sacramento City, including a site level inventory as well as findings and recommendations regarding implementation and monitoring.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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Austin SEL Strategic Plan

Austin's strategic plan for districtwide SEL implementation outlines key outcomes, objectives, and action steps and the positions and departments responsible for each over a 3 year timeframe. Includes survey items and stakeholder responses used to inform the planning committee.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

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Washoe County SEL Needs Assessment Report

This baseline report shared by Washoe County includes findings and recommendations from a districtwide program inventory, counselor focus groups, student SEL skills assessments, school climate surveys, and behavior-related data.

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

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SEL Rollout in Austin

Austin's sample process for growing a cohort of SEL leadership schools and expanding the scope of SEL work at each over time.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

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Sample Timeline for Year One SEL Implementation

A sample timeline shared with schools in Sacramento to begin building staff momentum around social emotional learning.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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Naperville, IL – One District’s Journey from Commitment to Assessment

Naperville's presentation sharing their SEL implementation timeline, process of curriculum development, and measurement plan.

SOURCE: Naperville Community Unit School District 203

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Washoe County 3 Year Implementation Plan – Elementary

A flow chart from Washoe County illustrating the process of schoolwide SEL development over 3 years, with roles for district staff, principal, and SEL Leadership Team members.

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

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Districtwide Indicators of SEL Implementation

CASEL’s District Framework identifies 16 key activities for
districtwide SEL implementation. When these activities are fully implemented, districts infuse SEL into every aspect of students’
educational experience -- across their classrooms, schools, homes and communities. The indicators below provide evidence of high-quality implementation throughout the district.

SOURCE: CASEL

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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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Logic Model Template

Your strategic plan is intended to move your district from its current state to where you want to be. It’s helpful to begin your strategic plan with a logic model to create a clear connection between your implementation strategies and your ultimate goals.

SOURCE: CASEL

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CASEL District Strength Inventory of Social Emotional Learning Programs and Practices

Please use this inventory tool as a starting point for assessing current strengths and using them to map and plan the district’s system-wide implementation of SEL. This inventory tool aligns with CASEL’s Theory of Action for CDI and the CDI Rubric Assessment.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Districtwide SEL Needs and Resources Assessment

Use this template to examine existing needs and resources around SEL implementation.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Vision Planning Worksheet

Use this worksheet to help develop a districtwide vision that helps establish SEL as integral to high-quality education.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Completed Sample SEL Planning Template

This sample illustrates how a district team might use the CASEL Theory of Action to reflect on current strengths and challenges and set short and long term goals for districtwide SEL implementation.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Blank SEL Planning Template

Template to accompany the CASEL Theory of Action to reflect on current strengths and challenges and set short and long term goals for districtwide SEL implementation.

SOURCE: CASEL

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SEL Inventory – Secondary Interview

This interview protocol was used by evaluators at secondary school sites in Sacramento City to gather baseline data on the implementation of SEL programs and practices. Includes handouts that were provided to interviewees.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

SEL Inventory – Elementary Interview

This interview protocol was used by evaluators at elementary school sites in Sacramento City to gather baseline data on the implementation of SEL programs and practices. Includes handouts that were provided to interviewees.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

School Strengths Inventory

This strengths inventory will help a school-based SEL team determine which strategies are being used at all levels of schoolwide SEL: SEL curriculum & instruction, schoolwide practice & policies, and family & community-level partnerships.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Key Stakeholders for an SEL Vision

This chart lists participants to involve in the drafting of a district vision for SEL.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Vision Statement 3 Step Process

A 3 step process for developing an SEL vision statement with input from a diverse group of stakeholders.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Sacramento City Unified School District Strategic Plan

Sac City's strategic plan integrates SEL and equity objectives throughout and is built around goals of college and career readiness, safety and emotional health, and family and community empowerment.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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Chicago Public Schools Three-Year Vision

Chicago's vision and plan integrates SEL throughout its priorities, highlighted best in the section on safe and supportive learning environments.

SOURCE: Chicago Public Schools

Washoe County School District 4 Fundamentals

A summarized view of the district vision (curriculum & instruction, inclusive practice, climate & engagement, and multi-tiered systems of support).

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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Baltimore City Schools’ Blueprint for Success

Baltimore City Schools' vision lays out the district's priorities around SEL, literacy, and leadership.

SOURCE: Baltimore City Public Schools

El Paso SEL Implementation Plan

El Paso's plan lays out a map for rolling out SEL to Central Office and in all schools over a 6 year period, with differentiated goals and support planned for each of 5 school cohorts.

SOURCE: El Paso Independent School District

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Chicago Public Schools Districtwide Vision – Safe and Supportive Schools

Chicago's vision and plan integrates SEL throughout its priorities, highlighted best in the section on safe and supportive learning environments.

SOURCE: Chicago Public Schools

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Sacramento City Strategic Plan and Core Values

Sacramento's strategic plan prominently features and integrates equity and social emotional health throughout and states clear actions and proposed services.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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Washington DC’s 5 Year SEL Roadmap

District of Columbia Public Schools Office of Equity timeline showing implementation targets for the first 5 years of SEL work.

SOURCE: District of Columbia Public Schools

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Nashville’s Strategic Plan for High Schools

Nashville's 3 year plan for high schools includes strategies, action steps, and yearly goals for leadership, teaching, and curriculum with highlighted connections to social and emotional learning throughout.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

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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

El Paso Strategic Plan

The El Paso Independent School District strategic plan highlights SEL within its strategic priorities ad learning goals, and as a key initiative within the umbrella of providing engaging and challenging learning.

SOURCE: El Paso Independent School District

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Key Insights from the Collaborating Districts Initiative

This CASEL report based on 6 years of the CDI initiative includes insights on what makes implementation work, how districtwide SEL has impacted achievement, and how to scale up successful SEL work.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Enacting Social-Emotional Learning: Lessons from “Outlier Schools” in California’s CORE Districts

This research brief looks at the commonalities among California middle schools that reported stronger-than-typical social emotional learning outcomes. These 6 characteristics are elaborated into recommendations for school districts supporting SEL at scale.

SOURCE: California CORE Districts

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