District Theory of Action: Needs Assessment

Districts conduct a needs and resource assessment focused on social and emotional learning (SEL) prior to implementation to take stock of what the district is doing relative to SEL for students and adults, and to build on those strengths when implementing SEL systemwide. The assessment documents all existing SEL programs and practices in order to integrate all components of effective SEL and facilitate systemic change.

Conducting the assessment early in the district’s planning process helps lay the foundation for a long-term, systemwide SEL implementation plan. Districts then summarize and share findings from the assessment with stakeholders to support planning and implementation at the district and school levels. Ideally the assessment is repeated every two or three years to monitor district growth and continuous improvement in SEL. Findings can be shared with stakeholders to demonstrate progress.