District Theory of Action: Professional Development

In addition to building expertise among leaders, districts must develop and implement a coordinated professional development program that addresses academic, social, and emotional learning capacity development for all staff at the individual, school, and district levels. These opportunities should scaffold to build competence over time among staff, especially teachers, counselors, coaches, and others who deliver social and emotional learning (SEL) curricula directly or embed SEL practices in their instruction and climate management practices. This professional development must use effective practices, including embedded, ongoing support and continuous assessment for improvement.