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In early November, representatives from our eight collaborating districts joined CASEL board members, CASEL staff and consultants, and NoVo Foundation partners for CASEL’s annual Cross-Districts Learning Event in Austin, Texas. For the benefit of our entire learning community, this page includes all of the videos, slide shows and handouts we shared at the meeting.
Distinguished participants included superintendents; chief instructional officers; curriculum leaders; district SEL leads and support personnel; policy and foundation leaders; CASEL district consultants; research and evaluation leaders; network and school leaders; and communications leaders from throughout the Collaborating Districts Initiative.Over three days, nearly 100 participants shared their commitment to social and emotional learning, exchanging ideas for implementation and instruction, communication strategies and their plans for future work together. They also heard from a panel of Austin students whose lives had been directly impacted by their district’s commitment to SEL.
“The Cross-Districts Learning Event in Austin was a fantastic success,” said Roger P. Weissberg, CASEL’s president and chief executive officer. “We have established a wonderful professional learning community.”
The event included a reception with student musicians; remarks by CASEL board members Weissberg and Jennifer Buffett and Austin Independent School District Superintendent Meria Carstarphen; connecting and reflection activities led by CASEL consultants and Austin Independent School District participants; visits to elementary, middle and high schools; panels on strengths, challenges and questions about SEL implementation and development; small-group sessions; and a working lunch that united individuals with similar roles in different districts and organizations.
In celebrating the event, we especially appreciate the ongoing support of the CASEL Board of Directors and NoVo Foundation, and we are grateful to the Austin Independent School District staff and the planning work group who provided time and thoughtful guidance to ensure a meaningful convening.
Planning committee members were: Austin Independent School District SEL Director Sherrie Raven; CASEL consultants Christine Hiroshima, Susan Keister, Linda Lantieri, Judy Nuss and Rob Schamberg; CASEL Senior Administrative Assistant Juan Phillips; CASEL Executive Assistant for Practice Mary Serbe; and CASEL Vice President for Practice and Knowledge Use Libi Gil.
For additional information about the event or related materials, please contact Mary Serbe.
What Are Best Practices in Schools? Austin Independent School Visits (PDF)
Sharing Strengths, Challenges and Questions: What Can We Learn from Each Other?
Ed Graff, assistant superintendent of instruction at Anchorage School District
Denine A. Goolsby, executive director of Humanware and social and emotional learning at Cleveland Metropolitan School District (slideshow and English and Spanish flier PDFs)
Small-Group Sessions: District Questions (PDF)
What Are SEL Practices for Youth Voice and Engagement?
Austin Independent School District high-school teacher R. Keeth Matheny and his students Hunter, Brianca, Jordan, Emily, Nathaniel and Roy (introductory slideshow and PDFs for school climate survey, M.A.P.S. information and affinity mapping)
SEL Practices: Project-Based Learning
Jesse Register, director of schools at Metropolitan Nashville School District (PDF)
Student Leadership and Governance
Jonathan Raymond, superintendent at Sacramento City Unified School District
Curtiss Sarikey, associate superintendent at Oakland Unified School District
Closing Activity: Gratitude Video
CASEL Consultant Linda Lantieri (The video shown during the closing activity is protected by copyright and available for $3.99 from filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg.)