- Why It Matters
- In Schools
- Collaborating Districts Initiative
- Policy & Advocacy
- 2013 CASEL Guide
CMSD is in its fifth year of implementing its “Humanware” initiative, which seeks to promote student safety, support, and social and emotional development. CMSD has implemented several strategies to support systemic SEL implementation: (1) the PATHS curriculum, (2) student support teams, (3) planning centers, (4) class meetings, and (5) introduction of a scope and sequence and lesson plans for SEL.
The Cleveland SEL leadership team, which includes the active support of and collaboration with the Cleveland Teachers Union, has led continuous discussions on approaches to systemic SEL implementation, including ways to integrate the district’s SEL standards with the Common Core State Standards. Cleveland’s approach focuses on both academic achievement strategies and learning conditions for students and families.
Leaders at CMSD also focus on restorative practices, such as creating instructional planning centers to replace in-school suspension. Educators at the centers work with children who are either referred to the centers or visit them voluntarily, helping them cool down during difficult times and consider positive responses to problems. Teachers and students also use software programs that simulate challenging social situations and present possible outcomes of positive and negative responses.
Chief Executive Officer: Eric Gordon was appointed as chief executive officer of the CMSD in 2011. Previously he served as the district’s chief academic officer for four years. Mr. Gordon has overseen implementation of both a districtwide scope and sequence curriculum and the CMSD’s “Humanware” strategy. Prior to joining the leadership team at CMSD, he taught in the New Orleans Public Schools and the Toledo Public Schools and served as a high school principal in urban, rural and suburban school districts.
Learn more about the Cleveland Metropolitan School District at http://www.cmsdnet.net/.
Joined Collaborating Districts Initiative: 2011
Total Student Enrollment: 43,202
Total Number of Schools: 106
SEL District Lead: Denine Goolsby, Executive Director of Humanware and Social Emotional Learning
CASEL Team: Deidre Farmbry and Judith Nuss