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Below, you’ll find resources to help strengthen central office expertise.

See how districts have strategized and planned to strengthen central office expertise

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SEL Expertise Development Year 1 Plan

Austin created 3 professional development outlines for leaders needing different levels of learning about SEL, includes links to videos and presentations and discussion questions for each leader audience.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

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Year-Long Expertise Development and Implementation Planning for Schools and Central Office

El Paso's plan for developing SEL expertise among school and district leaders over the course of one academic year.

SOURCE: El Paso Independent School District

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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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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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Strategies and Resources to Support Central Office Expertise

There is a range of approaches you may choose to take when designing professional learning to meet the needs of the various groups you identified as stakeholders. In this document you'll find a few approaches and resources.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Central Office Expertise Development Plan

You can use or adapt this template as a starting point for planning how to develop central office expertise by audience.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Literature Review of the Benefits and Strategies for SEL Implementation

Minneapolis Public Schools produced this highly accessible literature review to support their list of school level and district level recommendations for SEL implementation.

SOURCE: Minneapolis Public Schools

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PLCs: A Brief Guide

Brief guide for school leaders and teacher leaders for building impactful professional learning communities.

SOURCE: External website

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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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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

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SEL Administrator Academy: Implementing Social and Emotional Learning Systemwide to Improve Student Achievement

Presentation for district and school administrators to connect SEL standards with Common Core and workforce skills and how to implement/monitor district-wide SEL. Includes activities that model SEL and a full presenter script.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS board policies videos SEL overview implementation plan college and career readiness professional learning integrate with district priorities district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL SEL leadership

The Case for SEL sample presentation

CASEL's presentation introducing SEL and its evidence base can be adapted for a range of audiences, including district leaders and potential community partners or funders.

SOURCE: CASEL

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Oakland Unified School District SEL Video Library

Oakland Unified School District's extensive SEL video library includes sections of content for lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school, high school, adult learning and collaboration, and leadership.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

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Sacramento SEL Board Training

Sacramento's presentation to the Board, sharing evidence of effectiveness of SEL implementation at pilot sites.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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SEL Central Office Professional Learning Community Description

Sacramento's overview and invitation to other central office departments to participate in a district-level SEL professional learning community.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

TAGS Adult SEL implementation support PLC SEL partnerships professional learning integrate with district priorities district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL SEL leadership

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The Neuroscience of SEL (Video)

20 minute lecture by Richard Davidson on the neuroscience of emotions and emotional response, and how SEL trains and changes the brain. Best for educating SEL leaders or building buy in with audiences looking for a scientific basis for SEL.

SOURCE: Edutopia

TAGS Adult SEL mental health videos research brief teacher training evidence-based programs professional learning district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL SEL leadership

Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into State and District Policies

Powerpoint and webinar covering how districts have incorporated SEL through curriculum and standards.

SOURCE: AIR

TAGS school board SEL standards board policies integrate with district priorities SEL leadership

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

The Positive Impact of Social Emotional Learning for Kindergarten to Eighth-Grade Students: Executive Summary of Three Scientific Reviews

Findings in this summary of 3 large-scale research reviews of K-8 SEL programs show that SEL is among the most impactful youth development support for school-age youth, and it can be incoprorated into routine educational practice.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS journal article reading lists - staff define SEL metrics evidence-based programs out of school district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL SEL leadership

Book Chapter: Social Emotional Learning: Past, Present and Future

Chapter by Weissberg, Durlak, Domitrovich, and Gullotta that provides a framework and evidence base for SEL and also important factors for quality implementation.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS implementation support reading lists - staff research brief SEL overview evidence-based programs district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL SEL leadership

Students with Strong Social Skills in Kindergarten More Likely To Thrive As Adults

Short article describing a 20 year study connecting students' social skills in kindergarten to their well-being as adults.

SOURCE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

TAGS reading lists - staff SEL competence research brief evidence-based programs district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL

Social-Emotional Competence: An Essential Factor for Promoting Positive Adjustment and Reducing Risk in School Children

Medium length scientific journal article (Domitrovich, Staley, Durlak, and Weissberg, 2017) reviews research behind SEL and what is known about effective intervention approaches, and proposes an intervention model to promote resilience.

SOURCE: Research Journal

TAGS journal article reading lists - staff SEL competence evidence-based programs district SEL expertise building buy-in for SEL

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