The whys and hows of SEL implementation

SEL implementation can do wonders for students and educators alike--here's how to get started

Determining the implementation format is an essential component of SEL programming. In Round Rock ISD, when they created their SEL regional network, they took a multifaceted cohort model approach. During each year of the multi-year initiative, they choose different campuses to implement the SEL program. “Think of SEL as a house. Build the foundation and let campuses determine what the ceiling, curtains, and shiplap look like.” Finck recommends developing an SEL framework around five critical topics: explicit instruction; climate and culture; parents, families, and community; academic integration; and staff social and emotional learning. This framework works across campuses and creates alignment across the site-based campus decisions, and provides opportunities for campuses to talk about processes similarly and for reflection and continuous improvement. Lastly, gather feedback; be intentional about the data; show flexibility when dealing with opposition, challenges, and difficulties; and help campuses make it their own, while still “playing in the sandbox.”


About the Presenter

Rachelle Finck currently serves as Coordinator for Social and Emotional Learning in the Round Rock Independent School District located in the Austin, Texas area. In the last three years, she has coordinated a district-wide initiative on integrating social and emotional learning best practices across 55 schools. Rachelle recently facilitated the development of a new framework and learning targets to better guide the social and emotional systems moving into the 2018-19 school year. Previously, she was a middle school math teacher and school counselor.

About the Host

Jeffrey Goelitz is currently Director of Education at the HeartMath Institute. He regularly consults with education professionals, mental health specialists and parents around the United States, Mexico and Canada to improve youth well-being, parent-child communication and classroom climate and performance. Part of his ongoing responsibilities include curriculum development, training and research collaboration. He has created and contributed to numerous educational curricula and programs designed to improve social and emotional learning. Jeff is the co-author of Using emWave® Technology For Children With ADHD; The College De-Stress Handbook: Keeping Cool Under Pressure from the Inside Out; Transforming Stress for Teens: The HeartMath Solution for Staying Cool Under Pressure; the Smart Brain Wise Heart™ online program; and the forthcoming preschool through first-grade program, HeartSmarts Adventure.


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