Instructional Practices

Resources to support teachers and other staff to use instructional strategies that strengthen social and emotional development.

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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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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

TAGS SEL and Academic Integration english language learners define SEL metrics CCSS equity culturally responsive continuous improvement instructional practices culture and climate MTSS integrate with district priorities district SEL expertise SEL leadership

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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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

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10th grade Social Studies/SEL Lesson Plans

Two American History lesson plans (WWI and Isolationism, Women's Suffrage, Harlem Renaissance) including all handouts, that include learning structures that strengthen SEL as well as explicit connections to SEL objectives.

SOURCE: Cleveland Metropolitan School District

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Affective Classroom Openings and Engagement Techniques

Brief but powerful advice for facilitators of adult learning on leading engaging opening activities. Could easily be adapted for training for teachers who are learning to incorporate SEL structures into their lessons.

SOURCE: CASEL

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SEL and CCSS: Core Tasks Lesson Development Training Part III

Washoe's training collaboration between SEL and the Core Task Project, where participants learn about the intersections between SEL and the Common Core, specifically English Language Arts and close reading (part 3).

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

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SEL and CCSS: Core Tasks Lesson Development Training Part II

Washoe's training collaboration between SEL and the Core Task Project, where participants learn about the intersections between SEL and the Common Core, specifically English Language Arts and close reading (part 2).

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

TAGS SEL and Academic Integration english/language arts PLC videos SEL competence CCSS teacher training instructional practices professional learning integrate with district priorities

SEL and CCSS: Core Tasks Lesson Development Training Part I

Washoe's training collaboration between SEL and the Core Task Project, where participants learn about the intersections between SEL and the Common Core, specifically English Language Arts and close reading (part 1).

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

TAGS SEL and Academic Integration english/language arts PLC videos SEL competence CCSS teacher training instructional practices professional learning integrate with district priorities

6th grade SEL/CCSS Integration Activities

Nashville's chart of academic standards in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies paired with SEL standards, with sample classroom activities to achieve both objectives.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

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