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Resources

Below, you’ll find resources to help design and implement a professional learning program for schools.

See how districts have strategized and planned to implement professional learning

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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

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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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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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SEL 3 Signature Practices Playbook

CASEL's full guide to using the 3 Signature SEL practices, including a library of example activities and ideas and templates for adapting the playbook for your district.

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

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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

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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

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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

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SEL Learning Walk Protocol – Anchorage

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

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

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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

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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

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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

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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 SEL leadership

Find presentation templates that you can adapt and use

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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

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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

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How to Facilitate Professional Learning and Team Building Using SEL Principles: Facilitator’s Guide (Session 2)

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

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

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How to Facilitate Professional Learning and Team Building Using SEL Principles: Facilitator’s Guide (Session 1)

Facilitator guide to accompany slides -- Professional learning session for facilitators of PD to learn how to integrate SEL concepts into learning experiences in objective-driven ways.

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

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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

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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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See artifacts shared by districts and schools

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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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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

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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

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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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

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