Model SEL Schools

Schools in which SEL is clearly a priority for all staff and students, where data backs up anecdotal evidence that SEL has impacted the school, and where SEL is well integrated into all facets of the school day. This includes academic instruction, disciplinary approaches, a continuum of supports for students with all levels of need, out-of-school time programming, and exemplary implementation of evidence-based SEL practices. Model SEL schools should be recognized by the district and highlighted in ways that will influence other schools such as site visits, professional learning communities, etc.

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Austin ISD: Social and Emotional Learning Creates a Foundation for Success (Video)

This video from Austin shows SEL lessons taking place in a range of elementary classrooms and shares the perspectives of students, teachers, administrators, and district staff on the benefits of SEL.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS videos SEL overview model SEL schools elementary school grades communications family and community engagement

Austin ISD SEL Twitter

Austin's SEL team uses Twitter to share news, announcements, and build awareness of SEL, as well as retweet posts from schools around the district doing great SEL work.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS media relations model SEL schools communications community relations family and community engagement

Austin ISD SEL Facebook

Austin's SEL team uses a Facebook page to share timely articles, new research, local news, shout-outs, and videos.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS reading lists - parents media relations reading lists - staff model SEL schools communications community relations family and community engagement

Austin ISD SEL Pinterest

Austin's Pinterest boards include favorite SEL themed books and videos, ideas for SEL integration, community-building practices, and more.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS reading lists - parents media relations reading lists - staff model SEL schools communications community relations family and community engagement

SEL Department Home Page: Austin

Austin's community-facing SEL webpage invites viewers to take a tour of model campuses and learn more about implementation in the district.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS model SEL schools communications community relations

Edutopia’s How Learning Happens Video Series

Videos that combine the science of brain development and real examples of practices explicitly designed to integrate social & emotional skills in classrooms and schoolwide settings, including trauma-informed practices, co-developed class norms, Socratic circles, makerspaces, student-led conferences and more.

SOURCE: Edutopia

TAGS PLC videos SEL competence student leadership research brief culturally responsive teacher training model SEL schools PK-12 instructional practices classroom level culture and climate building community professional learning building buy-in for SEL youth voice

Schoolwide Observation Tool for Climate, Classroom Management, and Instruction

Washoe County's 1 page tool for recording observations about how SEL is present in the school and classroom environment, instruction, and interactions, and a sample activity for debriefing observations in a circle setting.

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

TAGS SEL and Academic Integration classroom management model SEL schools school visit/observation tool classroom level culture and climate professional learning

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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 building buy-in for SEL

Campus Visits and Learning Walk Protocols (Austin)

Guidelines for SEL coaches when they conduct supportive visits and a protocol for Learning Walks, shared with visitors and campuses so they know what to expect and what support is available to them.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS implementation support SEL coaching for staff model SEL schools school visit/observation tool conducting local SEL research implementation monitoring instructional practices

Demonstration Sites Walkthrough Tool (Sacramento)

Tool used to make notes about SEL integration into the schoolwide environment, classroom environment, and instruction.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

TAGS implementation support SEL coaching for staff model SEL schools school visit/observation tool conducting local SEL research implementation monitoring instructional practices

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