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  • SEL Field Notes | April 17

    This newsletter is curated by the American Institutes for Research and CASEL for the MeasuringSEL Collaborator Network and aims to keep you engaged with news, research, and resources relevant to the field of social and emotional learning. Please let us know what you are reading, doing and seeing in the field that’s worth sharing. Tell us about it here! Research Weissberg, R. P. (2019). Promoting the social and emotional learning of millions of school children.Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14(1), 65-69. Since 1976, Weissberg has focused professionally on answering one key question: How can schools, families, and communities work together to foster positive life opportunities and optimal development for young people? In answering that question, he has been fortunate to work with […]

  • Austin’s Experience Using Multiple Measures of SEL

    By Lindsay Lamb, Program Evaluation Coordinator, Austin Independent School District   Measures of students’ SEL competence can be used alongside other data to support decisions around program implementation. Currently, the Austin Independent School District’s (AISD) Department of Research and Evaluation (DRE) uses multiple measures to assess effective SEL implementation, including an SEL Implementation Survey; AISD Student Climate Survey; Teaching Empowering, Leading, Learning (TELL) AISD Staff Climate Survey; Family Survey; PK-6th grade students’ personal development skills (report card ratings); and academic performance, attendance, and discipline data. Elementary school teachers’ assessment of their students’ SEL skills Every 9 weeks, teachers assess the frequency with which their PK-6th grade students engage in SEL-related skills using the personal development skills report card ratings. These ratings are […]

  • Council Bluffs Community School District Uses SEL Assessment to Facilitate Conversations with Students

    Council Bluffs Community School District in Council Bluffs, Iowa, serves 9,000 students. In September 2017, they began using the Panorama student survey and teacher measure in their 6th- to 12th-grade classrooms. It is administered digitally during their advisement period and takes about 20 minutes. The developer collects the data and provides reports with grade-, school- and district-level trends. Why did you choose this measure? In early 2016, Chief Academic Officer Dr. Corey Vorthmann met with administrators and teacher leaders and developed a profile of a graduate ready for the future that contained social emotional indicators as well as academic indicators. They wanted a system that uses the CASEL framework to provide a common language, that would be specific enough for […]

  • Help Shape Our Emerging Online Practical Assessment Guide for Educators

    Invitation to Practitioners: We need YOU! We are working hard to create a guide that can help practitioners select useful social and emotional learning assessments. But we are not practitioners and need your help.  The Practical Assessment Guide is designed to help clarify different purposes of assessment and discuss whether specific tools are useful in these ways as well as show how practitioners are already using them in real life settings.  We plan to release the online Guide in January. Currently, we have a basic beta version of how one measure page would look and how the site will operate when a person tries to use it to evaluate a potential assessment. What we need are people to go to […]