FAQs

  • 4.3 Partner with families & community members to improve

      Examining Transition Data With an Equity Lens (CASEL) This data reflection protocol and key questions can be used as part of a data review routine, with an eye toward how decisions impact equity and outcomes. Why Am I Always Being Researched? (Chicago Beyond) This guidebook was made to help shift the power dynamic between those doing the research and the communities who are the subjects of research to address unintended bias and restore communities as authors and owners. School Climate Survey Compendium (National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments) This webpage gathers valid and reliable surveys, assessments, and scales of school climate to help educators identify and assess their conditions for learning. ED School Climate Surveys (U.S. Department of […]

  • 4.2 Support educators in reflecting on instruction & environment

      SEL Through Distance Learning: Teacher Self-Assessment (CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL) This self-assessment provides insight into strengths and areas to develop as educators promote SEL through distance learning and at-home assignments. PIRL: Preparation, Interaction, Reflection and Logistics Tool (Denver Afterschool Alliance) This 24-item rubric can help you improve online, live sessions on platforms where youth are engaging with an instructor and their peers. SEL Look-Fors in Blended Learning (CASEL) Use this tool to reflect on a learning activity you have designed or led after it has taken place, or ask a colleague to use it as they observe you. SEL Teacher Self-Check Tool (Transforming Education) This tool encourages educators to reflect on their own progress toward cultivating positive environments […]

  • 4.1 Elevate student voice in reflecting and acting on data

      Understand and Improve Students’ Learning Experiences (PERTS—Project for Education Research that Scales) Copilot-Elevate helps educators customize a short survey to learn how students are experiencing school, review results to see how experiences are promoting or hindering equitable learning, learn new practices to try with students, and track improvement over time. Strategies for Gathering Student Feedback (CASEL) Choose from or adapt these methods for hearing from your students about their learning experience in the new school year, whether instruction and learning is taking place at school or elsewhere. Examining Your School’s Climate (Teaching Tolerance) This short school climate questionnaire and social mapping activity can be used to work with students to analyze differing perceptions of school climate. Measuring and Improving […]

  • 3.5 Collaborate with families & partners

      Recognizing the Role of Afterschool and Summer Programs in Reopening and Rebuilding (AIR) This document includes recommendations on ways to include afterschool and summer programming to support students’ transition back to school. Collaboration Tools for Building SEL Across the School Day and Out-of-School Time (CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL) This tool includes guidelines and activities for building strong collaborative relationships between schools and community partners to align SEL practices and learn from one another. Building Positive Conditions for Learning at Home: Strategies and Resources for Families and Caregivers (AIR) Tools in English and Spanish for parents for fostering emotional health and well-being within their home. Making Families Feel Welcome (Siegel, Esqueda, Berkowitz, Sullivan, Astor, & Benbenishty (2019), via Greater […]

  • 3.4 Discuss the impact of the pandemic & racial inequity

      Strategies for Teaching Fearless SEL for Societal Change (Simmons (2019), via Greater Good Science Center) This SEL integration tool shows how CASEL’s five SEL competencies can create the conditions for youth agency and engagement and social change and can be a key part of classroom-based learning. COVID-19: How Can We Make Choices that Promote the Common Good? (Facing History and Ourselves) This youth conversation lesson encourages students to share their views, values, and voices to strengthen the community. Speaking Up Against Racism Around the Coronavirus (Teaching Tolerance) Written for teachers to address stereotypes, xenophobia, and racism in connection with COVID-19, this article contains links to Teaching Tolerance guides for responding to hate or bias incidents and resources for educators […]

  • 3.3 Implement a comprehensive system of supports

      Guidance for Trauma Screening in Schools (National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice) This guide outlines the role of schools with regards to trauma screening, including key considerations and cautions, different screener options, intervention options, and connections to a whole-school approach. Why We Need Trauma-Sensitive Schools (Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative) This video stresses the importance of trauma-sensitive learning environments to support students. Trauma-Informed School Strategies During COVID-19 (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network) This fact sheet offers information on the physical and emotional well-being of staff, creating a trauma-informed learning environment, identifying and assessing traumatic stress, addressing and treating traumatic stress, partnerships with students and families, cultural responsiveness, emergency management and crisis response, and school discipline policies […]

  • 3.2 Weave in opportunities for SEL practice and reflection

      COVID-19 E-Learning Free Resources (SEL Providers Council) This searchable library links to SEL provider webpages where they offer free resources and curriculum to support SEL virtually and at home. Strategies for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning (WestEd) This brief offers general strategies and specific examples for how to recognize and respond to students’ social and emotional needs as well as build in trauma-informed practices that will support all students. Tennessee Toolkit for Teachers and Administrators to Incorporate Social and Personal Competencies into Instruction (Tennessee DOE) This toolkit is designed to increase administrator and teacher awareness of the instructional practices that promote SEL. This Time, With Feeling: Integrating Social and Emotional Development and College and Career Readiness Standards (Aspen Institute) This publication […]

  • 3.1 Build adult-student and peer relationships

      Building Developmental Relationships During the COVID-19 Crisis (Search Institute) This checklist outlines relationship-building strategies during the COVID-19 crisis. 5-Minute Chats With Individual Students (CASEL) This sample agenda and questions for one-on-one check-ins with students can build connections and help respond to needs. Responsive Circles for COVID-19 (International Institute for Restorative Practices) These circle prompts use familiar restorative questions that are tailored to the current moment. Getting to Know You Survey (Panorama Education) This quick, online survey helps teachers and students learn about each other and build stronger classroom relationships. A COVID-19 Check-in Student Survey (Harvard Graduate School of Education) This survey can be shared with students to build connection and understanding. Creating Opportunities Through Relationships (University of Virginia) These […]

  • 2.4 Provide embedded professional learning

      Professional Learning Plan for SEL (CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL) This webpage includes a tool to organize a customized professional learning plan for school staff that is clearly tied to the schoolwide goals for SEL, can be assessed for effectiveness throughout the year, draws upon available resources, and includes intentional follow-up to ensure that new practices are sustained. Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools (National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments) This online module and handouts provide examples of ways to incorporate trauma sensitivity into the classroom. Stress and the Brain (Turnaround for Children) This professional learning packet explains how stress impacts the developing brain and related tools (made to accompany this edition of The 180 Podcast). Addressing Race and Trauma in […]