SEL Leadership

Can refer to district level staff whose position is entirely or in part focused on SEL, school-level SEL teams or individuals, or committees of stakeholders who have power to make decisions and direct SEL work.

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Thompson School District Strategic Plan

Thompson School District in Loveland, Colorado, deeply imbeds SEL throughout their strategic plan, Strive 2025. The plan includes a Portrait of a Graduate, which guides their SEL vision and the development of SEL standards describing what a student should know and be able to do.

SOURCE: Thompson School District

TAGS implementation plan planning SEL leadership

SEL Talking Points for Superintendents

This set of key messages is intended to support the superintendent and other district leaders in regularly communicating about the importance of SEL both formally and informally.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS communications district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL SEL leadership

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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

Ready to Lead: Principals’ Perspectives on How Social and Emotional Learning Can Prepare Children and Transform Schools

This report shows widespread support for SEL among K-12 principals, highlights needs for greater state and district support, and provides policy recommendations. It makes a strong case for investing in SEL.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS research brief 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

Austin SEL Strategic Plan

Austin's strategic plan for districtwide SEL implementation includes core beliefs, the district vision, and 5 key priorities for a three year period.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS implementation plan planning integrate with district priorities SEL leadership

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

TAGS Adult SEL paraprofessionals security staff staff onboarding teacher tool SEL competence teacher training professional learning district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL SEL leadership

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

TAGS cultural competence school board anti-bias board policies equity integrate with district priorities district SEL expertise SEL leadership family and community engagement youth voice

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

TAGS middle school grades high school grades evidence-based programs classroom level SEL leadership

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

TAGS evidence-based programs elementary school grades classroom level SEL leadership

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